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Food represents the essence of a place. It is of the earth in that place. I’ve always been fascinated by this connection, but in our globalised, digital world it’s fast becoming tenuous. That’s why I’m writing a book about apples.

Bountifully common yet richly diverse, the apple is a lens through which I’m exploring our modern food system: its origins, people, culture, science, trade, risk and opportunity. Threaded through this are stories of Stanley, a small horticultural community in Victoria’s North East, home to the famed ‘King Cole’ apple. As my research continues, you’ll be able to read, hear and view some snapshots here on unpeeled. There are also some diversions into the wider food world where I live – talks with North East food producers, makers, chefs, cooks and eaters about what local food culture could be.

Podcast series

Listen to my latest podcast: an interview with Beechworth’s Rob Tully. Rob arrived in 1955 with his family from Doncaster in Melbourne, where three generations had grown fruit before the expanding suburban pressure of the city saw orchards disappear under housing. Explore the main menu for more podcasts in the series.

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The growing scale of growing apples

This is an edited transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with retired, fifth generation apple orchardist Rob Tully, who grew apples just outside Beechworth from 1955 to 2016. While the apple trees have now completely gone, Rob still keeps his hand in with a small block of 600 pear trees. You can also listen here….

Mines, pines and apples

This is an edited transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with Giff Thompson, the last of three generations of a family who grew apples near Stanley, in Victoria’s North East, for most of the twentieth century. You can also listen here. Hello, and welcome to the latest podcast of unpeeled press, where I explore the…

When Cole was Stanley’s king

This is an edited transcript of an unpeeled podcast interview with Peter Chambeyron, an orchardist at Europa Gully, Stanley, in Victoria’s North East. You can also listen here. Most of us have nothing at all to do with food production, having come to expect the market to deliver a reliable, year-round supply while hardly noticing…

Thanksgiving – for small, local things

Abigail Weinberg, Daily editor of American news magazine Mother Jones, sought reader comments about Thanksgiving, the annual celebration on November 26 in the United States and elsewhere of almighty providence.