Saturday links

Every Saturday’s post on AgriTapestry is a collection of agriculture, agritecture, urban farming and gardening related links, often stories that have come up during the week. Here’s this week’s:

Around the country

New ambassador for Australian-grown dried fruit (from the Sunraysia Daily)

Spring comes to Alice Springs (from the ABC)

Zest Festival and an orange roundup (from the ABC)

A possible way around Tasmanian red tape stopping farmers employing workers (from the ABC)

Research and science

Protecting barley crops, a subsistence food in developing countries but mostly used in Australia as a crucial part of our beer brewing (from Fresh Science)

Experiments on adding manure to clay soil show farm profitability (from the ABC)

Harvest – a new radio show / podcast about food science and farm science by Radio Adelaide and the Waite Research Institute. Broadcast every Wednesday.


Underground greenhouse for year-round gardening in cool climates, including a how-to video (from Treehugger)

A roof garden, built on top of a small house in Melbourne’s north (from the Age)

House made of innovative local renewable natural materials, which is pep talk for… yarn… and seaweed… yes, really (from Grist)

Issues, comment, opinion, stuff to think about

Nathan Dyer’s blog. Nathan is a photojournalist and winner of the 2013 Kubota Australian Star Prize for Rural Writer. He appears to be currently travelling up north in W.A. with his family, and there are some amazing photos here.

Can farming provide a solution to climate change? (from Scientific American)

Sensing soil by savouring food flavours (from the ABC)

Seeding the future: Tapping gene banks to secure our food future

Four questions you should never ask at a farmers’ market

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