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Russ Grayson

Russ Grayson has a background in journalism and in aid work in the South Pacific. He has been editor of an environmental industry journal, a freelance writer and photographer for magazines and a writer and editor of training manuals for field staff involved in aid and development work with villagers in the Solomon Islands.

During the 1990s he worked with the development NGO APACE as project manager for the Kastom Garden Programme in the Solomon Islands and for a metals recycling project based in Lae, PNG. After the closure of APACE, Russ joined colleagues from the agency in the private development organisation, TerraCircle, to continue support for the Solomon Island projects which by then had become independent.

Russ and a few others started a small Sydney-based team to successfully stimulate public and local government interest in community food gardens as a means to rekindling a sense of place and community in our suburbs, to improve nutrition and as a focus for community development work.

He editied and provided content for the book Getting Ready, aimed at people interested in working in overseas aid, and is author of Blue Seas and Bush Gardens and a book on setting up community food gardens. He is presently producing online copy for the Australian Community Foods website.


A food conversation
Society - 25/03/2008 - 13 comments
School gardens coming to fruition
Education - 29/11/2007 - 4 comments
Profligacy, greed or simply don't care?
Society - 10/09/2007 - 1 comment
Urban solutions to drought-induced food price increase
Environment - 3/05/2007 - 8 comments
Relocalisation - acting locally on global issues
Environment - 27/02/2007 - 4 comments
The Byron Bay blues
Society - 28/09/2006 - 6 comments
Aldinga - new settlement in an old landscape
Environment - 8/06/2006 - 11 comments
The motivation behind doing it for free
Society - 15/05/2006 - 4 comments
Water solutions
February 2006 Feature - 27/02/2006 - 7 comments
Oil no longer the dressing for the '3,000 mile Caesar salad'
November 2005 Feature - 7/11/2005 - 20 comments
The great Australian rural city divide
Domestic Politics - 23/08/2005 - 7 comments
No right not to be photographed - councils overreact
Society - 12/07/2005 - 3 comments
Work stress equals household stress
May 2005 Feature - 3/05/2005 - 3 comments
Political agendas squeezing society's middle ground
Political Philosophy - 17/02/2005 - 31 comments
In Byron, development remains the big issue
Environment - 21/10/2004
Society's moral panic attacks - all grist for the media mill
Society - 16/08/2004 - 1 comment
Journalists could be victims of Melbourne's crime underworld
Media - 16/07/2004
Giving outer-Sydney a facelift: some opportunities for urban development
Nation Building - 12/05/2004
Six ways to turn the Solomon Islands' youth into a long-term asset
International - 1/04/2004
Eight steps to help older Australians continue in the workplace
Domestic Politics - 9/03/2004 - 1 comment
Addressing the youth bulge is critical to lasting peace in the Solomons
International - 3/02/2004
Sydney's Water war is compounded by the local immigration issue
Environment - 13/11/2003
Housing affordability needs a vision that goes beyond the next election
October 2003 Feature - 20/10/2003 - 1 comment
The looming spectre of the right-wing think-tanks guiding Australia's future
Domestic Politics - 17/09/2003
Four ways to help promote citizen engagement and participation
August 2003 Feature - 11/08/2003
Greater fairness needed in opening up Indigenous medical knowledge
Indigenous Affairs - 15/07/2003
To advance tourism, it's time to revise the media restrictions around Uluru
Society - 17/06/2003
The delicate diplomacy of delivering humanitarian aid to a war zone
International - 24/04/2003
New aspirations and a changed global outlook require re-thinking our role
Society - 7/03/2003
Organic food enters the mainstream - will it bubble to the top?
Society - 12/02/2003
Ecovillages: a viable idea constrained by poor rural economies
Nation Building - 10/01/2003
Brogden aims to capitalise on Sydney's urban stress
Domestic Politics - 11/12/2002
Time for the cities to stop bailing out farmers
Society - 4/11/2002 - 1 comment
Australian multiculturalism must be defended openly and honestly
Society - 23/10/2002 - 1 comment
An alternative use for the proceeds from selling Telstra
Nation Building - 3/09/2002
Booming coastal population calls for housing innovation
Nation Building - 15/08/2002
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