A Foodies Guide to Capitalism: Q&A with author Eric Holt-Gimenez
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

A Foodies Guide to Capitalism: Q&A with author Eric Holt-Gimenez

Is it possible to transform the food system without addressing the economic system of capitalism? What can we learn from struggles to change the food system, from “voting with your fork” to the need to build longer-term movements dedicated to systemic change?

In this community event, Eric Holt-Giménez from Food First, California, will discuss the role of capitalism in structuring the global food regime, knowledge which is essential for any foodie who wants to better understand the political, financial, governmental and market structures that presently work against sustainability and food justice. Eric will also identify spaces within global capitalism where change is possible – including examples from agroecology, food sovereignty, cooperatives, the commons, fair trade, urban agriculture, land justice and community organising.

Eric will be joined by a panel of local fair food advocates and practitioners from the SEQ region, who will offer their insights into how these global lessons might apply to building a fairer food system in our own backyard. While capitalism certainly structures the global food system, local change is possible!

This will be followed by an open Q&A session and discussion. Tickets cost $6

Faciliator and Chair:

Dr Carol Richards, is a Senior Lecturer, School of Business, Queensland University of Technology and co-founder of the Brisbane Fair Food Alliance. She researches and publishes on the topics of food security, food waste, supermarkets and food system governance. In addition to her academic work, Carol co-authored Australia’s People’s Food Plan, and co-produced a fair food documentary whilst serving as the Vice-President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.

The Panel:

Dr Kiah Smith, Research Fellow in the UQ School of Social Science, and co-founder of the Brisbane Fair Food Alliance. As a Sociologist in environment and development, Kiah’s work broadly examines social and political contestation within the corporate food regime. She has researched and written on fair and ethical trade, resilience, land speculation and financing, social solidarity economy, gender empowerment, green economy and the SDGs.

Joel Orchard is a food systems activist, passionate advocate for young farmers and local food and an activated industry networker. His interests are in exploring the social sustainability of local food production and tackling the issue of an ageing farmer population. Joel has been instrumental in establishing Future Feeders, a young farmers hub, peer support and community farming program and associated capacity building networks - the Northern Rivers Young Farmers Alliance and Young Farmers Connect group. His other principle projects include FEED Northern Rivers - participatory guarantee system & the Community Supported Agriculture Network Australia and New Zealand

Emily Arbuckle is a Leader of the Brisbane Chapter of the Youth Food Movement (YFM). YFM is a national, volunteer-led organisation that aims to build the skills, knowledge and experience that young people have around food. She studied a Bachelor of Biomedicine, followed by a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, aiming for a career in health promotion. Upon finishing her studies she moved north to the Gold Coast and launched a healthy snack company with the goal of building a new platform from which to promote healthy eating. Although the business is no longer running, the experience exposed her to the world of food manufacturing, labelling and marketing, sourcing and sustainability, and opened her mind to the concept of 'conscious capitalism' in the food industry.

Eating: It would not be a food event without some delicious treats. A Fair Food BBQ (with meat and vegetarian options) and drinks will be available for purchase on the night.

Rug Up: As the event will be held in the very groovy food connect warehouse, you may need to bring warm clothes.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/a-foodies-guide-to-capitalism-with-author-eric-holt-giminez-tickets-49581705215

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Nursery Open Day and Plant Sale
Oct
20
8:30 AM08:30

Nursery Open Day and Plant Sale

In celebration of national Fair Food Week, Shellharbour City Council's nursery is having a special open day and plant sale on Saturday the 20th of October from 8.30am - 3.30 pm.

• 20% off all edible plants (fruit trees, veggies) and bagged products
• 10 free mini-workshops starting every 30 minutes from 9am – 1:30pm (last workshop finishes at 2pm) covering the following topics: 
o Seed saving
o Attracting native bees to your garden
o Making seed bombs for native bees
o No-dig garden
o HealthyEarth gardening products
• Free 'pot up a veggie seedling' activity for kids 

Check Council’s Facebook page for details of the specific workshop times coming soon.

The nursery is located at 132 Industrial Road, Oak Flats, with parking and the entrance from River Oak Place. Everyone is welcome to come along, not just Shellharbour City Council ratepayers.

Link to book tickets: http://www.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au/Events/Nursery-Open-Day-and-Plant-Sale

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Connecting Over Fair Food
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Connecting Over Fair Food

Come along to connect with other foodies and celebrate national Fair Food week, while enjoying local and ethically sourced food from The Red Kitchen and The Pines Kiama.

The theme for this year's Connecting Over Fair Food is ‘Together shaping the future’ with a focus on exploring the question ‘How do we best equip the next generation to enjoy good food and create a sustainable food future?’ There will be a panel of speakers, a range of expo stalls, and the opportunity to contribute to the Fair Food poster wall.

Connecting Over Fair Food takes a “Pay As You Feel” approach with a sliding scale starting at $10. All donations support future Food Fairness Illawarra events to fuel the Fair Food conversation! 

Places are limited and bookings essential at www.foodfairnessillawarra.org,au or call Healthy Cities Illawarra on 4283 8111. 

Speakers include: 
• Amelia Berner, Manager of OzHarvest’s Food Education and Sustainability Training (FEAST) Program, which combines nutrition, food waste and sustainability in a curriculum ready package for Australian schools. 
• Aaron Sorenson, a Permaculture practitioner, teacher and designer who has been working with community gardens and school Permaculture gardens over the past 20 years.
• Jenny Norman is a dietitian currently working in a research who has investigated the effects of unhealthy food advertising on children’s dietary intake.
• Rosi Johnston works for ISLHD Health Promotion Service supporting early childhood centres, primary and high schools with a focus on implementing the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy. 
• Marie Armstrong Smith, a teacher and writer with a strong interest in environmental education for young children. Her early childhood service Early Years Care provides educative learning on sustainability including - food programs, and Little Diggers Play school at the Barrack Heights community garden.
• Berbel Franse, a Health Promotion Officer in Food Security & Food Sustainability at Healthy Cities, the Secretariat of Food Fairness Illawarra and founder of homegrown food waste initiative Hidden Harvest.

If you are interested in having an expo stall or a poster to provide information/display fair food related activities please email Berbel@healthyillawarra.org.au

The event is accessible for people with a disability and supports will be provided upon request.

This event is organised by Food Fairness Illawarra, with support from Shellharbour, Wollongong and Kiama Councils, NSW Health, and Healthy Cities Illawarra as part of National Fair Food week.

Link to book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/connecting-over-fair-food-together-shaping-the-future-tickets-49589628915


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Sharing Our Surplus
Oct
14
4:30 PM16:30

Sharing Our Surplus

Collingwood CWA is baking to ‘Share our Surplus 'and invites you to come to an afternoon tea, hear various speakers and brainstorm a plan to get a Collingwood food share off the ground.
With this 'Barn Yarn' we want to bring local gardeners and community members together to find out how community food share works, then hatch a plan to set one up at the Farm.
We're looking for enthusiastic locals with a vision to trade a bag of lemons for some fresh silverbeet….or, if your persimmon tree is loaded, harvest it and donate excess to the Farm for their fundraising stalls. 
Come to the Barn Yarn, help brainstorm ideas, and find out how you can be part of this great initiative.
Speakers:
• Peta Christensen - Urban Harvest
• Peter Barber - Plot gardener Collingwood Children's Farm
• Keiran Dickson - Collingwood Children's Farm Committee of Management

Collingwood Country Women's Association: https://collingwoodcwa.org

Book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharing-our-surplus-barn-yarn-tickets-50567650203?aff=ebdshpsearchautocomplete

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Food Sovereignty Convergence
Oct
14
to Oct 16

Food Sovereignty Convergence

For its fourth year running, the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is proud to present the 2018 Food Sovereignty Convergence.

From farmers to consumer advocates, food right activists to innovators and everyone in between -- this event is designed to create a space where anyone who sees themselves as being a part of Australia's food movement can come together to debate, collaborate, share, and strategize in the name of food sovereignty. This is your chance to participate in redesigning our broken food and agriculture system.

Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/2018-food-sovereignty-convergence-tickets-49377027017

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Curing Workshop at Jonai Farms
Oct
13
11:00 AM11:00

Curing Workshop at Jonai Farms

Once you crack the code of meat, salt, and time, nothing will hold you back except your own imagination. 

Tammi will demonstrate how to break down and bone out half a pig, teaching you where your bacon, pancetta, coppa, lonza, and other delicious bits for curing come from. We’ll take you through the basic recipes for curing at home, with a focus on dry cures & air drying in the cooler months, and brining & smoking in warmer seasons. 

We finish the day with a farm-style feast of Jonai Farms ethical meats served with seasonal produce plucked from the garden or sourced from our mates at Angelica Organics, served with a side of food politics.

Numbers are limited to 18. The day runs from 11am to 2:30pm. Price is inclusive of GST. 

Book here: http://jonaifarms.com.au/workshops/curing-13-oct-2018

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Introduction to Permaculture with David Arnold
Oct
13
9:30 AM09:30

Introduction to Permaculture with David Arnold

Permaculture is so much more than a way to garden, grow food or even design a space, it’s an immersive and considered way of living life; how we connect with others, the lens we place over challenges , the way we respond to feedback, our connection to the natural world. 

It’s an individual journey that is for each of us to interpret in our own way. While there are absolute skills to absorb; practical, functional, sensible skills, permaculture is not a formula that can be applied, rather its a shift in the way we live.

With over four decades of global renown, the movement has settled into its place with evidence based ‘proof in the pudding’ which has allowed Permaculture a considerable growth surge in the last 10 years.

Undertaking a full 14 day permaculture design certificate course might seem like a big first step. So we are offering a one day Introduction to Permaculture.

The Black Barn Farm one day introductory program has been designed to provide an overview of what Permaculture is while also sharing personal anecdotal stories about our individual journeys. It is interactive and immersive so also includes a farm tour which allows you to see active interpretations of each of the Permaculture principles. We will share a homegrown feast with you at lunchtime and provide much opportunity to ask as many questions as you need.

The day will be delivered by highly regarded Permaculture educator, David Arnold, founder of Murrnong Farm and supported by Charlie Showers and Jade Miles founders of Black Barn Farm.

Link to book tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/introduction-to-permaculture-with-david-arnold-tickets-45793233795

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Stories over Supper Dinner
Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

Stories over Supper Dinner

Spring has well and truly sprung here in Melbourne and that means one thing - it’s time for another Stories over Supper event!

This time around we are lucky enough to be partnering with @MesserFitzroy to celebrate some more local, ethical farmers and producers in our region and hear from some local legends in the sustainability field.

It's our absolute pleasure to have Cassie Duncan as the guest speaker for this event! Cassie is the co-founder of the not-for-profit Sustainable Table & a passionate advocate for a fair, healthy & humane food system.

If you have not been to one of these events before, now is your chance to come along and experience a delicious, seasonal shared feast prepared by Chef and founder of SFP Ben Mac (Oakridge, Supernormal, Top Paddock and Clooney NZ) and Chef Sascha Rust (Messer and Copper Pot Seddon).

Dinner is $65 and will include a three-course share-style meal with a strong focus on local spring produce, highlighting the importance of knowing where our food comes from.

Drinks will be available for purchase from the excellent Messer bar staff team.

You can expect generous and innovative food, inspiring stories from guest speakers and a uniquely fun dining experience. Get your tickets now, this event always sells out!

Book here: http://www.socialfoodproject.com/events/

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No Waste Cook Club - Workshop & Lunch
Oct
6
12:00 PM12:00

No Waste Cook Club - Workshop & Lunch

Join us on Saturday the 6th of October for a hands-on cooking workshop to help you reduce your kitchen waste and cut your carbon footprint, and grocery bill. 

Over the course of the workshop, from 10am-1pm, we'll discuss preservation and pickling techniques, cooking 'stem-to-tip', and how to reinvent your leftovers, and cook a delicious, vegetarian lunch together.

At Open Table, we source the food for our workshops from OzHarvest who collect surplus food from supermarkets and prevent perfectly good food from going to landfill. 

We are strong believers that the food on our table should be free and fair for all, and we are passionate about creating a food-waste free society, which we work towards by sharing surplus food in local neighbourhoods across Melbourne. 

Please email claudia@open-table.org to book your spot.

Places are limited, please only RSVP if you know that you can attend.

Location: Fitzroy Community Food Centre, 125 Napier St, Fitzroy, VIC 3065

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Golden Plains Farmers Market
Oct
6
8:00 AM08:00

Golden Plains Farmers Market

The Golden Plains Farmers’ Market in Bannockburn takes place on the first Saturday of each month (except for January) from 8.30am to 12.30pm and is a genuine growers and makers market showcasing the very best in fresh produce and handcrafted goods from the Moorabool Valley region. The market features a fantastic range of locally grown, farm-fresh and homemade foods as well as unique art, handmade homewares and eco-friendly products.

No bookings required

Location: 23 High St Bannockburn, Victoria 3331

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Food for Thought Festival
Oct
5
to Oct 7

Food for Thought Festival

The 'Food for Thought' Festival will be an all star cast of local food and beverage producers, live music, industry speakers, businesses and community groups striving for sustainable and healthy food systems and plenty of free entertainment for the kids! 

Events include Regenerative Agriculture: The guts governing our food, health and future. Why healthy people need healthy food from healthy soils with Dr Charles Massy, Professor Amanda Devine, Walter Jehne, Kelvin Flugge, Di Haggerty and Ronnie Duncan - Friday Oct 5th

Fervor long table dinner “Celebrating the Regions Food System Innovators” on farm at Aldertons in Torbay - Saturday Oct 6th

Food for Thought Community Festival - Sunday Oct 7th

For booking: https://www.foodforthoughtfestival.com/

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