GROWING, partnerships, education and enterprise development were the themes behind the national Food 4 Thought gathering, which was held in Hobart from Friday 21 to Sunday 23 March 2014.
The weekend encouraged people who wanted to be, or were already, involved in community and school gardens, market gardening and small-hold farming to teach, connect and share their experiences with each other.
The event was held at Ogilve High School and included panel discussions, “hands on” workshops and field trips to local community gardens.
Key organiser Hannah Moloney said the three days were a great success.
“The event was completely sold out with just under 200 people attending,” she said.
“It was amazing to see a great representation of people from every state and territory across Australia, some who had never gardened before, who were looking to engage with their food to create a healthy and tasty nutrition system for themselves, their children and their future.
“Overall, all the activities during Food 4 Thought were thought-provoking, inspiring and dynamic.”
Ms Moloney said the event was partially catered for by community and private garden and small farm produce from southern Tasmania and prepared by Hobart’s Source Community Wholefoods.
“The local fair food movement is big – and it is getting bigger. We are seeing local governments getting involved by adopting policies and practices that make it easier for people to grow their own food in public spaces,” she said.
“Community food gardens cater to people, who want to ensure their food is local, safe and tasty by growing it themselves.
“Small, community and school gardens play an important role in our food system and help to develop strong, local and vibrant food economies.”
The event held talks from keynote speakers from across Australia including Costa Georgiardis, from ABC’s Gardening Australia, Dr Nick Rose, from the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and Chris Ennis, from Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies Community Environment Park in Victoria.
Food 4 Thought is an initiative of the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network and is supported by Sustainable Living Tasmania, Good Life Permaculture and Taroona Neighbourhood Garden.
For more information about the event go to events.communitygarden.org.au