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Urban Mushrooms with Buttons Testa and Morag Gamble - Urban Agriculture Month part 4

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In this episode of Sense-Making in a Changing World, host Morag Gamble speaks with Buttons Testa - the creator of The Mushroomery - a micro mushroom farm she set up in her Brunswick backyard in Naarm (Melbourne) in a 10m2 growing space.

The little farm supplies two restaurants and a farm gate from time to time with tasty oyster mushrooms. She is influenced by the ethics and principles of permaculture. She is working on closing multiple loops of waste within her farm. Being a massive foodie she is keen on making farming more visible in the city to create better understanding around food within the urban bubble.

Buttons is also inspired to spread the knowledge of how mushrooms grow and what wonderful benefits they can have for yours and the environments health. Fungi is on the precipice of solving many earthly problems from waste to health.

Buttons also loves to show how much food can be grown on small marginal plots of land in the inner city. She believes that we will need to localise our food systems in order to transition to a low-energy sustainable future.

This is part 4 of our 5 part Urban Agriculture podcast series celebrating Urban Agriculture Month (Nov 2022)

Urban Agriculture Month
This special Urban Agriculture series on Sense-Making in a Changing World is brought to you by the Permaculture Education Institute in collaboration with Sustain Australia - celebrating growing food in cities and towns for Urban Agriculture Month.

Podcast Host: Morag Gamble
Urban Agriculture Month Ambassador, Morag Gamble, founder of Permaculture Education Institute & teacher of permaculture teachers, is a passionate advocate for urban permaculture and has been deeply involved in creating, supporting and networking projects and programs for 30 years on 5 continents. She is co-founder of Northey Street City Farm in Brisbane and the Australian Community Gardens Network. Her blog and youtube channel include loads of urban permaculture content and this podcast features many urban agriculture pioneers.

This podcast is supported by Permaculture Education Institute - teaching permaculture teachers globally. We host courses, free film club and masterclass events.

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