I’ve not been very good at updating my blog. So, thought I'd give you a whistle stop tour of the places and projects I have visited in the last few days.
I left Melbourne on 24th to speak briefly at the launch of a gorgeous new food hub in Castlemaine called the Food Garden. The next day I visited the Community Garden at the Hub and Growing Abundance's school canteen enterprise. That evening I spoke to 60 people in the local theatre on our collective work in Manchester.
The following day I had an in-depth meeting with Growing Abundance again, talking about how Kindling operates and the importance of partnerships.
I was then driven ~100k to Stanhope to the National Food Institute and meet with the enterprising GV Food Coop. We had a quick interview with ABC Radio and we then had a meal with 50 people where I spoke about Manchester Veg People.
I’m going to do a separate blog post about GV Food Coop – because they have something very special to offer us in the UK – a trading approach that adds value to surplus fruit and veg.
The next day we visited a school gardening project in Stanhope and then headed to Dookie, a small town with an amazing focus on food. Their school has a whole school approach to food – supported by Stephanie Alexander and are planning a large arts event to celebrate their farming traditions.
That evening I was lucky enough to stay on a cereal and sheep farm, where I did another ABC Radio interview and caught up on my emails.
On Friday (28th Nov) our destination was Bendigo and last night I spoke to 60 people in the amazing venue of The Old Church on the Hill. organised by Outside the Square.