Date(s) - 20/10/2015
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Guest speaker: Mark Brown
Mark is a farm manager and educator at Purple Pear Farm near Maitland in the Hunter Valley. He became involved with the ASFA at its inception when Dr Nick Rose invited a group of farmers and food activists to comment on the manifesto he had put together. This was followed by a planning session in Randwick to frame the direction for the group. With his partner Kate, Mark has been involved in Community Supported Agriculture at Purple Pear Farm and has been an active participant in Slow Foods Hunter Valley, Permaculture Hunter and the Hunter Organic growers as well as Hunter Biodynamic Group activities and administration.
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance has grown out of a need to ensure we maintain not only food security but ownership or sovereignty of our food. Pressure from governments and corporations to control the food system has tried to take away that access to the most basic of human needs. The Government White Paper on food distribution showed us that the small players were not being considered and the peoples food plan was established as a way to inform Government of the desires of the community. The group has been modelled to an extent on the International Peasant Farmers movement “LaVia Campesina” and has recently produced a movie highlighting the positive actions of small producers in the Australian Food Industry.
Tuesday, 20th October, 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start
Tuggerah Hall, Anzac Road, Tuggerah, directly opposite Hungry Jacks – within easy walking distance of Tuggerah Railway Station.