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Declaration on Food: Plains To Plate

April 14, 2010 |


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.

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Plains To Plate signals arrival of food as sustainability issue

February 22, 2010 |

…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.

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One year later… and a community garden blooms

November 24, 2009 | | 2 Comments

Story and photos: Russ Grayson

IT HAS BEEN JUST OVER A YEAR in the making, from community consultation to construction, but Carrs Park Community Garden is now reality.

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Food Summit hands declaration on food futures to NSW Parliament

November 20, 2009 | | 9 Comments


AROUND A DOZEN PEOPLE are walking the long, straight footway through Hyde Park where the lines of overaching native figs form a vegetative tunnel. They pass Francois Sicard’s Archibald Fountain, opened in 1932 with its classical, sculptured figures and animals that spray water skywards. Exiting the park, they enter Macquarie Street and make their way to an old sandstone building with a long verandah. Here, they are to hand over the state’s first Declaration on Food.

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Celebrating Chippendale’s local food culture

October 27, 2009 |


ONE DAY IT WAS A DINGY LANE taking the curious from Broadway to Chippendale. Next day it was a food fair, offering the curious a glimpse of the emerging local food culture that is starting to bloom in Sydney.

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Planning and good design feed an urban family

August 26, 2009 |

Story by Russ Grayson 1999

OCCUPYING SANDY SOIL adjacent to Botany Bay, a fruit and vegetable garden has been designed and planted to feed a household of three.

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Something new, something edible this way comes

August 21, 2009 | | 3 Comments

SOMETHING NEW… SOMETHING EDIBLE is happening along that length of coastline that joins Brisbane to Sydney. And it has to do with something that is common to all of us—food.

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Launched: the NSW Food Summit underway

July 14, 2009 | | One Comment

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.

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The long road in the far north – on the local food speakers trail in northern NSW

July 24, 2007 |

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.

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Urban farming may be on way to extinction

July 13, 2003 | | 3 Comments

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.

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