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See also for spring… the latest Spring Seed List from Otepoti Urban Organics – our local seed savers and sharing otepoti-organicsscheme. Growing from local seeds, saving seed and sharing seeds is so important for local food resilience. Thanks to Bart Acres for initiating and continuing this important initiative. Contact Bart at or check out the website at

Otepoti Urban Organics is also looking for people to ‘adopt a crop’, ie raise a certain type of vegetable crop, and later, collect the seeds for the seed exchange. See their website or facebook page for details. They particularly need people to grow a particular variety of pumpkin seeds….

Are you interested? People from all parts of our local food system will have a chance to come together and discuss the present status and future directions of food production in our region. The focus is on resiliency and sustainability.

A one, possibly two day event in Dunedin and costs will be kept to a minimum. If you would be interested in attending such a forum, please contact us through our website along with any comments, suggestions or requests for the content of such an event or phone Bart Acres on 021 148 8815.

Foodweb ( is a local food resiliency network for Otago. Founded in 2010, it has been collecting information about food and farming in Otago and viewing it in the context of the latest research into food systems from around the world.

It aims to facilitate and promote the growth of a more resilient and sustainable local food system in the Otago region, by helping farmers, backyard gardeners, community groups and other local businesses and organisations access the resources they need to be as effective as possible in all aspects of local food production.

We are always keen to hear from anyone interested in sustainable food production at any scale, from the backyard to the farm. If you are interested sign up to our email list on the ‘Contact Us’ page at

Nominations Received for SDC Committee 2012/2013 as a pdf:  sdc-nominations-2012

A shot of the stunning Denniston plateau, under threat from Bathurst’s proposed Escarpment coal mine, Image: CANA

A shot of the stunning Denniston plateau, under threat from Bathurst’s proposed Escarpment coal mine, Image: CANA

Time is running out to stop the mining of the Denniston Plateau. Sign the petition below to John Key and Minister for Conservation Kate Wilkinson and stop Bathurst Resources from destroying the Denniston Plateau before it’s too late:

This fund supports events which of primary benefit to Dunedin residents.  There are two funding rounds a year; applications closing in March for events held after 1 June, and in September for events held after 1 December.  Grants are for up to $5000.

It is preferred that organisations are incorporated societies or trusts, but applications from individuals or commercial organisations will be considered.

The first funding round closes at 5pm, 30 March 2012.

Application forms and criteria are at

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