The alt.food movement
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.
THEY CAME FROM COUNCILS and health services, NGOs and universities, farms and government… and they filled the NSW Parliament House theatre to capacity. This was no convention of the curious. It was the launch event for the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance’s (SFFA) drive to develop a food policy for NSW.
First published 2007.
The Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network annual conference 2007.
An unofficial report by Russ Grayson
MARCH IN MELBOURNE is a meteorologically confused time. One day, it’s hot and sticky – T-shirt weather. The next, it’s cold and windy – jackets are the order of the day. Then the rain comes, not in any great downpour but in sporadic showers, for this is a city in drought.
Story & photos: Russ Grayson.
MARCH DAYS ARE MILD DAYS in the sleepy northern NSW town of Lismore. And this year they were no different. What was different was that the subtropical city of 28,000 played host to a rather unusual conference, a conference about food… local food.
First published: September 2003.
IF YOU EAT FRESH FOOD in Sydney, offer your thanks to the 1300 market gardeners who farm the Sydney Basin and supply the city with its fresh produce. And if you live elsewhere in NSW you might thank those farmers as well – a full 90 percent of the state’s perishable produce originates in the agriculturally-favoured Sydney Basin.
Published by Russ Grayson 2002
A RESEARCH PROJECT has found that community supported agriculture (CSA) could provide a viable market for city fringe farmers.