Lamb Two Ways

'At nine, it’s only just beginning to occur to me that I’m on my own here. The adults give you what they can, richer or poorer. Mint jelly! It is accusation and insult. She has detected my father’s hand in the sauce. Affronted, I want to slap the table, bluster away, just like my dad …

Diggings 4#

Hungry, poor, exploited: alarm over Australia's import of farm workers ‘Those brought to Australia are bonded to a labour hire company or employer. They are not free to leave without risking deportation, nor complain about abuses without risking the same. The “boss-man”, as many of the seasonal workers refer to their employer, has an almost-total …

Diggings 3#

Food Workers Are at Risk in Today's Changing Economy ‘The gig economy is less likely to provide workers with salaries, benefits, or a consistent schedule. And it also often frees employers from any obligation to provide year-round income for their employees, and leaves workers’ livelihood in the hands of the customer.’ I am no Luddite, …

Australia’s first Slow Food Earth Market is coming

Slow Food Hunter Valley is launching the first Earth Market in Australia as part of the work of Slow Food Hunter Valley in conjunction with Maitland City Council. The launch is a feature of the 2017 Slow Food in Australia National Conference. The Market will open with 14 local farmers plus seasonal backyard growers when their produce is available. …