Back in March 2022 Zoe Scoglio joined Allie live on MAINfm and shared some interviews she had collected for a Castlemaine Commons Collective project. Beautiful conversations about community, connectedness and resilience.

Episode Two includes interviews Zoe did with two locals; author Robyn Annear and ecologist Karl Just.

Song referenced: Sunset Village by Beverly Glenn-Copeland

(Sound quality starts out with some interference, but improves through the episode)

This is the first of four episodes created in collaboration with The Castlemaine Commons Collective and artist Zoe Scoglio. They were recorded live at MAINfm in March 2022. 

 

Zoe had been collecting local stories of community organising and collective care. Each episode in this series includes short edited excerpts from some of the conversations held by Zoe. We hope this can inspire further conversations, and so we can learn from each other about how to navigate these increasingly precarious times together brought on by the pandemic and climate crisis.

Allie and some other podcasters got together last year at the NonfictioNow Conference and had a long chat about what it is to make media and try to communicate about climate change. In this second part of the discussion we explore why we make our shows and the various problems we grapple with as we try to make the complexities of the climate crisis accessible. 

 

Featuring:

Allie - Saltgrass

Jess and Ash - Heaps Better

Tessa - The Nature Between Us

Mark - Climactic

 

Allie and some other podcasters got together last year at the NonfictioNow Conference and had a long chat about what it is to make media and try to communicate about climate change. In this first part of the discussion we interview each other about our shows - what our shows are, how they came about and what we hope to achieve with it. 

 

Featuring:

Allie - Saltgrass

Jess and Ash - Heaps Better

Tessa - The Nature Between Us

Mark - Climactic

 

A short message from Saltgrass host and producer Allie to close season four including some clues about what is coming soon. 

This is part two on Djakitj Larr - Eating Country Healthy. 

Please listen to the previous episode first to hear the full story. 

 

In 2019 Bendigo was designated a UNESCO Creative City and Region of Gastronomy.

In early 2021 about 100 people gathered at a winery just outside of Harcourt. Djakitj Larr was an afternoon of food, performance and creative conversation that allowed people to connect and reflect, and generate ideas for building sustainable food systems on Djaara Country.

In this two part podcast Allie shares audio from the day and also an interview with the creators.

 

Djakitj Larr creative team:

  • Jodi Newcombe, executive producer and director
  • Sam Thomas, creative development, sound design, stage manager: animate objects
  • Will Tait, co-producer, performer and MC
  • Rebecca Phillips, creative development, performer, advisor on Djaara knowledge
  • Charlie Ahrens, creative development, stage manager: inanimate objects
  • Anna Knight, Bendigo City Council
  • Alex Perry, Situate Dining
  • Ira Barker, Murnong Mummas
  • Mitch Boney, sound scape in performance

In 2019 Bendigo was designated a UNESCO Creative City and Region of Gastronomy.

In this episode we discuss what that means and also deep dive into an event called Djakitj Larr which explores all the reasons why our region was chosen for this.

In early 2021 about 100 people gathered at a winery just outside of Harcourt. Djakitj Larr was an afternoon of food, performance and creative conversation that allowed people to connect and reflect, and generate ideas for building sustainable food systems on Djaara Country.

In this two part podcast Allie shares audio from the day and also an interview with the creators.

Djakitj Larr creative team:

  • Jodi Newcombe, executive producer and director
  • Sam Thomas, creative development, sound design, stage manager: animate objects
  • Will Tait, co-producer, performer and MC
  • Rebecca Phillips, creative development, performer, advisor on Djaara knowledge
  • Charlie Ahrens, creative development, stage manager: inanimate objects
  • Anna Knight, Bendigo City Council
  • Alex Perry, Situate Dining
  • Ira Barker, Murnong Mummas
  • Mitch Boney, sound scape in performance

Today I’ll be taking you along for the ride as my 14 year old Nephew Oliver and I head into Melbourne and take part in the student strike for climate that happened on the 25th of March. It was a global day of action so there were similar events not just around Australia, but around the world. We joined a huge crowd in the city and marched several city blocks, we disrupted traffic and made a lot of noise. I chatted to some of the young people there to hear what made them want to join the march.

Then later in the episode you will hear from another student strike, this one happened just this week in Castlemaine. The student strike movement in Australia was rallying again as they wanted to make sure that climate is an election issue, with just days to go before our federal election. So again strikes were organised right across the country.

Today we are going to be chatting with Castlemaine local Bryn Davies and a group he has been a part of called Democracy for Dinner. I thought it was a very pleasant sounding enterprise and an example of how we can, where ever we are, get together in a grassroots kind of way and start to take it upon ourselves to understand all of the above mentioned complexities and opportunities. Because, just like with climate change, it is easy to feel like it is way bigger than us and way beyond our control.

 

Links coming soon

 

 

April 26, 2022

S4 E14 A Library of Seeds

The Castlemaine Seed Library has been running for over five years with people 'borrowing' seeds to plant and grow food, and then 'returning' seeds once the plants have run their course.
 
In this episode Seed Library founder Grace McCaughy and coordinator Eliza-Jane Gilchrist talk about the value of seeds and all that we can learn from them.

 

We discuss how the seed library began and how it works as well as big ideas like the value of local seed banks in a changing climate, multinational seed trade, the resonances between seed collecting and art, and how we can foster a love of gardening and appreciation of all the cycles of nature in the next generation.

Resources and Links

The Castlemaine Seed Library                                          

Eliza-Jane Gilchrist – artist             

Castlemaine Library              

The Hub Foundation                                               

Castlemaine Community House Community garden                  

Growing Abundance                          

International peasants movement         

Useful seeds Bendigo                            

CSIRO soil science book for children       

Entangled Life – book       

Lost Seeds NSW seed company                      

Scale Free Network                        

I was lucky enough to have a wonderful conversation about possible climate futures, not through a lens of disaster and doom but gritty possibility, radical hope and extraordinary courage.

Alex Kelly and John Wiseman joined me recently to talk about their futuring practices. John has just published a book called Hope and Courage in the Climate Crisis and Alex is a co-creator of The Things We Did Next.

 

Links:

Hello podcast crew, I haven't forgotten you  even though there has been a bit of radio or podcast silence over the last month. This very short message is just to explain what has been going on and what is coming up soon. Hope all is well in your world! Allie

Steve Healy is Executive General Manager of Climate and Population Adaptation at Coliban Water

Climate change predictions for our region point to hotter and drier weather patterns and when it rains it is going to be more extreme, big dump kind of events. So water is on a lot of people’s minds when they think about how we might be able to keep living here through climate change.

We discuss how water works in our region, in the past, in the present and into the future

Kathryn Coff is a committed community leader and she joins us to discuss race, privilege and power, which are themes that she lives with and grapples with every day of her life. She shares a beautiful way of getting to know people that opens us up so much more than 'and what do you do?'

 

Links:

Kathryn's speech at the Black Live's Matter rally in 2020

 

Kathryn is the CEO of Nalderun

 

Introduction method was borrowed from the work of Mishel McMahon and Leroy Little Bear 

Today’s episode is a series of interviews collected in Mildura at the local eco village.  We had heard they were having a working bee and thought we might get a sense of the site and what goes on there. Interestingly the site is managed by council, so I wasn’t sure how community driven it was. However, as you will hear, every person there that day was volunteering their time to help out, and also involved in other local action groups.

 

Links:

Organisations and groups mentioned with no links available:

  • Sunraysia Sustainability Network

 

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