• Articles by Stone Soup:

    • Indigenous Food Sovereignty

      Our friends at Happen Films have made a short documentary with Dr Jessica Hutchings, on Hua Parakore and indigenous food sovereignty.

    • Emergence

      Stone Soup Volume 11. “Inside the word “emergency” is “emerge”; from an emergency new things come forth. The old certainties are crumbling fast, but danger and possibility are sisters.” – Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark

    • The gardener

      by Haylee Koroi New growth emerges from the tips of wise and weary fingers. The sun has returned, like the warm presence of a friend. Flowers shoot from their sleeping bags ready for the day

    • Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore: A Maori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook.

      By Jessica Hutchings and Jo Smith What would Māori health and wellbeing look like from the viewpoint of soil? Taking the indivisible relationship between tāngata and whenua as our starting point – and, by extension, oneone (soil) – this book shines light on the whakapapa relations between Māori and soil, the many different names Māori […]

    • Tipu shoots

      by Kadambari Raghukumar On what has turned out to be a muggy and cloudy spring day, I’ve driven past the northern shore of Lake Rotorua to arrive at the Te Puea orchard. A basic shed greets me and it’s ghostly quiet. It turns out, the action is at the back – behind the nursery and […]


      a project to change our relationship with food and drink By Dr Anna Sulan Masing and Chloe-Rose Crabtree

    • On Inspiration and personal journeys

      By Ashleigh Payne 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

    • Setting Down Roots in West Auckland

      by Grace Vujnovich “Without effort, no harvest will be abundant” – Burundi proverb

    • Ron Finley

      By Marty Jones “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.

    • They tried

      “They tried to bury us, they didn’t know we were seeds.”

    • Liberating local food from lockdown

      By Phil Stevens My family lives on Slow Farm, a little patch of sort-of rural land on the edge of a village in the Manawatū. Ashhurst is the name given by settlers, in honour of a man who never set foot in Aotearoa, but tangata whenua called it Otangaki, referring to the act of weeding […]

    • the ultimate, hidden truth

        “the ultimate, hidden truth of the world is that it is something that we make, and could just as easily make differently.” ― David Graeber

    • I once had an office in a flour mill.

      By Jennifer Yee Collinson 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 […]

    • From Grain Farmer to Us to You

      By Ruth Heath For our small family bakery, the Covid-19 lockdown reinforced how important relationships and a human scale local food chain can be in times of crisis.

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

      by Nik Mavromatis 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.

    • Turning Gold to Lead

      Words by Nate Smith as told to Louise Evans. “All we want is our fucking fish back.”

    • the earth heals us

      “Action on behalf of life transforms. Because the relationship between self and the world is reciprocal, it is not a question of first getting enlightened or saved and then acting. As we work to heal the earth, the earth heals us” – Robin Wall Kimmerer – Braiding Sweetgrass

    • Together, we grow

      Katherine Descours visits Julia Milne of Common Unity, to see what’s been going on since Stone Soup was there last, in 2016.

    • Acts of Love

      By Aliesha McGilligan There have been many times in my working life that I wished I could just have a break. I work as a chef, and it is tough. Often it feels as if there is no time to think about what really matters. I wanted to be a chef from a young age, […]

    • “she is on her way.”

      “Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different […]

    • PermaDynamics by Happen Films

      Our friends at Happen Films have made a beautiful little documentary about PermaDynamics, who we wrote about and had a contribution from in Volume 10.

    • Journey to self-sufficiency

      by Emma Boyd I grew up on the North Shore of Auckland. My two brothers and I are kids of the 80’s. We roamed the streets with the neighbour’s kids, we tramped in the Waitakere Ranges and spent many a dreamy summer under our big canvas tent beside the sea.

    • Other ways of Talking

      by Sarah Smuts-Kennedy I am going to share something with you that changed my life and led me to create an artwork with a whole city. It’s a simple story about how plants and microbes work together to create a world where we all can thrive.

    • Everything Garden

      Starting A Veggie Patch, Managing Fertility, Observing and Caring for Your Garden by Yotam Kay