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Metanoia: The hard work of changing our minds.


Author. Stone Soup — 02/ 08/ 2022

Imagine thriving food production systems within Aotearoa that are not only environmentally just, but socially equitable too.

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On Inspiration and personal journeys

Author. Stone Soup — 19/ 08/ 2021

In late May I saw on her Instagram story that Monique Fiso’s mum had pre-ordered a copy of Hiakai — her daughter’s book, which had been three years in the making. Immediately—I mean immediately—I followed suit and waited eagerly for the September release date. Upon its arrival I shared a picture and tried to clip the wings of my pride as I rambled adoringly: “…one day I can be that person, inspiring someone else and making them proud, you know? Representation matters heaps, and not just in childhood. We all need heroes.”

On Inspiration and personal journeys
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Ron Finley

Author. Stone Soup — 18/ 08/ 2021

“Because I’m a badass”. That’s Ron Finley’s response as to how he ended up with his own entry in the online video seminar series, Masterclass. And he’s not wrong. Over the past ten years Finley has gone from fashion designer, to the “Gangsta Gardener” of South-Central Los Angeles. Throughout that time Finley has been a total badass, championing the benefits of community connection to food, creating guerrilla gardens in parking lots, rooftops, swimming pools, and getting plants in wherever they could survive, thrive and provide.

Ron Finley
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Old School Papa – keeping it real, fresh and local

Author. Here's Barney — 18/ 08/ 2021

The first Covid-19 lockdown felt like the return to a simpler time for me. Almost like the time my grandparents grew up in, when it was less of a rat race. I still had the structure of work, but things slowed down. I didn’t see as many people, I had more time to garden and cook, to be more in touch with myself and others – things we usually neglect when we’re working hard on the daily grind.

Old School Papa – keeping it real, fresh and local
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I once had an office in a flour mill.

Author. Stone Soup — 18/ 08/ 2021

My flour journey began at Timaru Milling Company nearly thirty years ago, during a year-long secondment in a technical support role for factories using flours from wheat, barley, corn and oats. Built in 1882, Timaru Milling was the first in the country to be equipped with roller mills, and it was later the site for the manufacture of Diamond Pasta. The other factory, Flemings Creamoata Mill in Gore, began as an oat mill in 1893.

I once had an office in a flour mill.
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It’s the end of the big menu as we know it, and I feel fine

Author. Stone Soup — 18/ 08/ 2021

The Greystone cellar door restaurant had to reinvent itself during the Covid-19 lockdown to comply with rules around service. On the fly, we had to work out how to look after our staff and our customers while still being able to serve great food with our wines. We decided to abandon a traditional written menu of many choices and instead ran with a set four-course menu – no choices offered. It might not turn out to be a great idea, it’s early days so who knows, but for now it feels right.

It’s the end of the big menu as we know it, and I feel fine