community supported agriculture
A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO I delivered a presentation for the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance at the Plains To Plate Future of Food Conference in Adelaide. A highlight of that conference was the launch of a bold new venture in community food, Food Connect Adelaide.
Growcom wants one. So does the Public Health Association of Australia and sustainable agriculture expert at the University of Sydney, Bill Billotti. A national food policy, it seems, is something of a catchy idea. But what kind of policy are we talking about?
BY THE DAY BEFORE, THE TASMANIAN COMMUNITY GARDENS NETWORK conference in Devonport – The Good Food Future — had received a total of 90 registrations. A total of around 140 turned up on the first day. Consequently, there was something of a deficit of lunches on opening day, but lunch in the community garden the next day was convivial and all-too-pleasant in the mild Tasmanian autumn weather.
Food Convergence Declaration
From Plains to Plate: the Future of Food in South Australia
10-13 February 2010, City West Campus, UniSA, Adelaide, South Australia.
From 10-13 February 2010, over 700 farmers, academics, government, health and community workers, environmentalists, permaculturalists, small growers, gardeners, students, educators and other community members gathered at the University of South Australia, Adelaide, for From Plains to Plate: the Future of Food in South Australia.
COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEMS are really happening in Sydney’ eastern suburbs. There’s recently been a blossoming of them as more and more people seek ways to obtain the foods they really want.
Story & photo essay: Russ Grayson
Plains To Plate Food Convergence, Adelaide, mid-February 2010
AFTER ALL THE PLANNING and problem solving, after all the talking and thinking, the moment had arrived.
…by Russ Grayson, who presented on food policy at Plains To Plate.
THE PLAINS TO PLATE FOOD CONVERGENCE is over but its effects linger in the minds of those inspired by it and by the people it attracted. Those effects hang there in the mind to spur discussion, collaboration and the creation of new ideas and initiatives.
Story & photos: Russ Grayson
IF YOU EVER WANTED EVIDENCE that community food systems are riding the wave of the future, you need look no further than Food Connect. Brisbane’s premier community food system, Food Connect now boasts around 75 core and 30 peripheral farmers supplying fresh, regionally-grown food to something like 1000 city subscribers.