[message_box type=”note” ]Down here in the land of milk and honey there are some truly great things happening around the topics of food and community. We’ve put together a taster of some of the things we’re particularly excited about..[/message_box]
National City Farms & Community Gardens gathering
Building on the great success of the recent national gathering in Sydney, the 6th Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network national gathering will be held in central Hobart, Tasmania 22-23 March 2014. We’re completely excited about this and will be confirming more details in early 2013. To stay in the loop with developments contact Hannah.
[quote author=”- ACFCGN Tasmania Co-ordinators”]6th Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network national gathering will be held in central Hobart, Tasmania 22-23 March 2014.[/quote]
People Food Plan comes to Tasmania
In response to the Government’s National Food Plan initiative the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) are creating the People’s Food Plan to counter the ‘business as usual’ which the Government is so fond of. People Food Forums have been held across Australia, including three in Hobart and Launceston, to capture what people would really like to see their food system look like.
Early evaluation shows strong support for local, organic food systems to be established and supported, including community/school gardens and all types of urban agriculture initiatives.
More information at Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
Compost Kings and Queens
Hannah’s been busy getting the Compost Kings & Queens project off the ground. Inspired by compost revolutionaries across the world, Compost Kings & Queens is a pilot project (funded by Hobart City Council) supporting 30 households to to create nutrient-rich compost for their garden while preventing food waste and reducing harmful methane gases from landfill.
Households record how much food waste they’re composting and receive free professional support and workshops over a 6-month period. A hot pink ticker is placed on their Council rubbish bin letting the world know they’re reducing their waste to landfill through composting. They’re also entering the Royal Compost Family, the best and coolest royal mob in the world!
Urban Permaculture Design Course: Have you heard??
There’s a very exciting Urban Permaculture Design Course happening in Hobart from April 20 – May 3, 2013. It’s driven by a rather spectacular line up of teachers including Nick Ritar from Milkwood Permaculture, Adam Grubb from Very Edible Gardens, Hannah Moloney and Cam Wilson from Earth Integral.
This is just about the best gift you could give yourself (or your special someone), so check it out! It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn techniques in designing sustainable human settlements in your own back/front yard and communities. You’re also going to walk away with at least 20-30 new friends who are just as interested in this stuff as you are – what more could you want!
This is a seriously good course that will probably change your life (for the better), to check out the flyer for details click HERE.
Sustainable Living Festival:
Organised by Sustainable Living Tasmania this annual festival took place in November 2012 and was massive!
2012’s theme was food and featured Cuban Permaculturalist, Roberto Perez, ABC Gardening presenter Tino Carnevale, local farmers, community/school gardeners and urban agriculturalists. Throughout the weekend there were hands on workshops, talks, debates and some really good food!