Food gardens in public and private spaces. Services, products and communities based on locally produced food and food gardening.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME - EXPERTS, BEGINNERS, DABBLERS, THE CURIOUS.
You can browse, post photos, discussions and events, blog, create and join groups, use the search engine - whatever you like.
Please link to us from your website :)
DELAYS ON JOINING
Hello. New members are approved by the site administrators (Farina & Lissa) - just to keep out the spammers.
Apologies for any delays this might cause (usually 48 hours max).
Occasionally a spammer gets through - if you get any spam messages (suspect job offers, click here requests, contact me for a private msg etc) please contact me and I will delete the offender and all their content and ban them from the network.
* Post your photos, events, info, articles, videos, websites, comments, blogs and discussion topics
* Read and browse
* Create or join a group so you can communicate easily and centrally
* Send messages to your friends, everyone, or members of a group (admin. will email you about upcoming events, but that's usually it)
* Add people to your friends list (makes messaging easier - if you've spoken on the site it's probably quite normal to add someone)
* Tailor your 'My Settings' for if/when you'd like to receive emails about new content/ events etc. You can also choose to 'follow' conversations (bottom of relevant page)
* Invite people you know to join
* Link to your website
We love your garden pics! Just be sure to remove the location information from your picture if you're sharing photos from your IPhone to avoid sending your details out to the world wide web. To find out how to do this, click here.
USING THE FORUM
Note that on the main page only the most recent discussion activity is displayed.
If you want to explore all of the forum, go to http://brisbanelocalfood.ning.com/forum or select Forum in the red menu bar which runs across the top of the home page.
Choose to view by category (e.g. Plant and Seed Varieties, Books and Movies) or by most recent/ popular etc - use view drop down at top right of page.
If you wish to follow a discussion (you'll be notified of replies) select <Follow> at the extreme bottom right of the relevant discussion.
Some good discussions/ answers have been moved over into the FAQ forum topic for ease of reference.
SEARCHING FOR CONTENT
Ning provides a search engine for the entire BLF site (extreme top right in the dark green bar).
Each part of the website can also be searched separately. Navigate to the particular area (was it a photo, a discussion, a blog?) using the red menu on the top of the home page. Then search within that section, using the search bar at top left in the white part of the page. This will narrow your search results markedly.
The blog (web-log) section is best for diary-style posts covering multiple topics - like what you've been up to in your own garden. The discussion forum is better for single topics and where other people can build on what you've said.
Please use the discussion forum or message function where you can. People are less likely to find your topic in future when browsing if it's in the blog section.
Please try to post blogs once a week or less (save it up and post all at once!), to maximise the air time on the main page for other blog posters. Love it, but we have to share the space :)
When you start a discussion or a blog, adding some key words in the "add tags" field will help other people to find the content they're looking for later on (using the search engine).
If in doubt just ask or post anyway! :)