An opportunity to meet Nick Rose – National Coordinator of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Nick has recently returned from a Churchill Fellowship study tour of the US, Canada and Argentina where he has had direct experience of what these countries are doing in the areas of food security/urban agriculture etc.
Whilst in the US, Nick visited Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and Detroit, visiting community groups, individual gardeners, small-scale commercial urban producers, not-for-profit organisations and local government officials.
In addition, during his week in Toronto Nick spent a day with officials from the Ontario Ministry of Food and Agriculture, discussing the significance and implementation of the Local Food strategy of Canada’s most populous province. This strategy includes a legislative component – the Local Food Act passed in November 2013 – and the creation of a $C30 mn Local Food Fund, to provide direct financial support for the rapidly emerging local food economy.
In Chicago and Milwaukee, Nick met with managers at both city governments, who discussed with him the creation of dedicated urban agriculture strategies and urban agriculture zones and districts, targeted especially at areas of profound urban blight.
Urban agriculture is explicitly seen as an important strategy for urban renewal and local economic development. Detroit, which Nick also visited, is one of the epicenters of what is a fast-emerging urban agriculture movement globally. Nick experienced first-hand another dimension of this in Argentina, where he spent a month visiting the Federal Government-funded and coordinated ‘Pro Huerta’ (pro-garden) programme, which supports as many as three million mainly low income families to grow some of their own vegetables.
Nick will share with us the learnings from his trip as well as discuss the merit of following Ontario’s example by having a Local Food Act in Victoria.
This program replaces the one previously advertised.
Local Food Connect is pleased to be organising this event in conjunction with Nillumbik Health.
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Local Food Connect
Local Food Connect (LFC) is a not-for-profit, community group which connects local growers and eaters. So, for example, we connect backyard growers with other backyard growers, and we connect the general population with their local growers, farmers and producers.
Operating mainly in the Nillumbik and Banyule areas, we encourage, support and promote events, actions and enterprises which help to put your food back into your control.
Bookings should be made on-line through the Local Food Connect website:
- Or at the Local Food Connect marquee at the Practically Green Festival on 19th October.
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