Category Archives: Food

Bright Ideas Speaker Series: The Problem with Junk Food and Young People

Did you know that one in four children between the ages of 5 and 17 are now overweight or obese in Australia?

There are many factors that contribute to obesity in Australia, but one factor that cannot be ignored is the prevalence of fast food outlets and advertising.

For example, in Midland (Western Australia) there are about 40 fast food outlets in a 5 kilometre radius.

Now, some people will argue ‘What’s the problem? Just have a little self control!’ but it’s more complex than that.

Research shows that people’s eating habits are strongly influenced by advertising, availability and their environment.

We believe it’s time to reclaim control of our food landscape and start exploring innovative solutions to create a healthy and well nourished community.

This is why we are hosting a free public talk by two world public health experts: Healthway Visiting Research Fellow Professor Martin Caraher (City University, London) and Curtin University’s Dr Christina Pollard.

Martin and Christina will discuss the problem with junk food and young people and what we can do to combat childhood obesity in Western Australia.

Martin will share what is happening in the UK and internationally to tackle a culture of fast food. He will discuss the important role of parent and pupil power in bringing about change. Christina will share the situation in WA and what we can all do to make a difference.

When: Tuesday 22nd March

Time: 6:30-8 pm

Where: Mechanics Institute, 20 Meadow St, Guildford

RSVP via Eventbrite:

Following on from this talk we have organised a workshop to give people a bit of inspiration in the kitchen: Salads in a jar and healthy snacks.


When: Saturday 2 April

Time: 3pm – 4.30pm

Where: Mechanics Institute, 20 Meadow St, Guildford

RSVP via Eventbrite:

Places are limited so register soon to avoid missing out!


TTG Kitchen Gardeners’ Composting workshop

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Waste is everything…

To your garden that is. Kitchen waste is also one of the biggest problems facing our city councils in tackling waste management. But if you compost, keep worms or backyard chickens, you shouldn’t need to throw anything organic in your green bins. 

Come along to our first workshop of 2016 and learn tips for the perfect compost, and encouraging worms.

Peter and Jane will share their knowledge on composting options and we’ll build a ‘hot’ compost pile together. So be prepared to get your hands dirty! We have some great compost to show off, with bin composters, worms, bokashi, and more.

Kids’ Club

Kids are welcome to take part under parental supervision or there will be an opportunity to play. So please make sure they are wearing gardening clothes, you may like to bring little gloves too.

We like to share. Please bring:

  • Something from your garden/kitchen for the sharing table (eg. seedlings, fruit, herbs, eggs etc)
  • Something to share for afternoon tea.

Event details:

RSVP: We’ll be in a Guildford back yard. Please RSVP via Eventbrite and let us know if you can’t make it.

Date: Sunday 21st February

Venue: Peter and Jane’s place in Guildford, address will be sent when you RSVP.

Time: Join us from 3pm until 5pm.

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January Movie Night – Edible City

January Movie Night –

Edible City

Edible City Poster
The Transition Town Guildford Community Movie Nights are back for 2016! Join us for the first movie of the year – Edible City.

“Edible City is a feature-length documentary film that tells the stories of extraordinary people who are digging their hands into the dirt, working to transform their communities and doing something truly revolutionary: growing local Good Food systems that are socially just, environmentally sound, and economically resilient.” IMDB score = 7.9/10

Please RSVP via Eventbrite to help the kitchen know how many to expect.

As usual, the second Tuesday of the month – Tuesday 12th January

The Stirling Arms Hotel, 117 James street, Guildford

Join us for food and drinks from 6 pm onwards, Movie starts at 7 pm

Entry by donation