Food Connect Shed Markets - Christmas Special!
Dec
1
3:00 PM15:00

Food Connect Shed Markets - Christmas Special!

Free entry!

The last markets were so much fun, we’re doing it again! Come along to our pop-up market night and help us celebrate everything that's great about our local community! 

3pm - 8pm

Ballistic Beer.
Sunshine Organic Miso- Miso soup and miso
Balls with More - Raw vegan treats made in Sailsbury
Gutsy Ferments - Ferments, Kraut, Kim Chi
Buchi Brew Co - Kombucha, Kefir and Ferments 
Buchi Bone Broth- Soup and Bone Broth
Frolicking Goat- Local Goats Cheese
Rani’s Cuisine - Indian and Mauritian cuisine
Stella Pastry - a unique range of delicious tarts, brownies, cakes and vegan treats.
Edible Love by Rae - Locally made cupcakes!
Geoffs Kitchen - Relishes, hot sauces
Ian Burrow- Avocados from Mount Cotton
Anand’s Chai

Lesley Hurley Ceramics
MelHil Ceramics
Belle and Frank- Locally made tote bags, grocery bags and produce bags!
Mariel Rye - Hand painted earrings
The Naked Gardiner - t-shirts, tote bags, and illustrations 
Embasan Haus - handmade flower crowns
Busy Fingers- beeswax wraps, cotton rope -bowls, bags and mats.
Melissa Booth Homewares
The Naked Gardiner 

So many incredible stalls lined up. From local designers and artists, sweet treats, hot soup and handmade miso, music, cooking demonstrations, vintage clothes, come and meet your local producers, all under the roof of the Food Connect Shed.

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House Concert: Robert Forster from the Go Betweens
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

House Concert: Robert Forster from the Go Betweens

The incredible Robert Forster is coming to my place to play an intimate show!

Robert Forster is an Australian singer-songwriter, best known for his work with songwriting partner Grant McLennan, with whom he co-founded The Go-Betweens.

We can't think of a better way to see out the campaign to buy the Shed than to host such an icon of Brisbane's music history! Why not kick the night off at the Food Connect Shed Markets at the other end of the Shed! Drinks available for purchase at the bar.

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Food Connect Shed Markets
Nov
10
3:00 PM15:00

Food Connect Shed Markets

Free entry!

The last markets were so much fun, we’re doing it again! Come along to our pop-up market night and help us celebrate everything that's great about our local community! 

3pm - 8pm

Ballistic Beer.
Sunshine Organic Miso- Miso soup and miso
Balls with More - Raw vegan treats made in Sailsbury
Gutsy Ferments - Ferments, Kraut, Kim Chi
Buchi Brew Co - Kombucha, Kefir and Ferments 
Buchi Bone Broth- Soup and Bone Broth
Frolicking Goat- Local Goats Cheese
Rani’s Cuisine - Indian and Mauritian cuisine
Stella Pastry - a unique range of delicious tarts, brownies, cakes and vegan treats.
Edible Love by Rae - Locally made cupcakes!
Geoffs Kitchen - Relishes, hot sauces
Ian Burrow- Avocados from Mount Cotton
Anand’s Chai

Lesley Hurley Ceramics
MelHil Ceramics
Belle and Frank- Locally made tote bags, grocery bags and produce bags!
Mariel Rye - Hand painted earrings
The Naked Gardiner - t-shirts, tote bags, and illustrations 
Embasan Haus - handmade flower crowns
Busy Fingers- beeswax wraps, cotton rope -bowls, bags and mats.
Melissa Booth Homewares
The Naked Gardiner 

So many incredible stalls lined up. From local designers and artists, sweet treats, hot soup and handmade miso, music, cooking demonstrations, vintage clothes, come and meet your local producers, all under the roof of the Food Connect Shed.

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A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism

Is it possible to transform the food system without addressing the economic system of capitalism? What can we learn from struggles to change the food system, from “voting with your fork” to the need to build longer-term movements dedicated to systemic change?

In this community event, Eric Holt-Giménez from Food First, California, will discuss the role of capitalism in structuring the global food regime, knowledge which is essential for any foodie who wants to better understand the political, financial, governmental and market structures that presently work against sustainability and food justice. Eric will also identify spaces within global capitalism where change is possible – including examples from agroecology, food sovereignty, cooperatives, the commons, fair trade, urban agriculture, land justice and community organising.

Eric will be joined by a panel of local fair food advocates and practitioners from the SEQ region, who will offer their insights into how these global lessons might apply to building a fairer food system in our own backyard. While capitalism certainly structures the global food system, local change is possible!

This will be followed by an open Q&A session and discussion.



Facilitator and Chair:
Dr Carol Richards, is a Senior Lecturer, School of Business, Queensland University of Technology and co-founder of the Brisbane Fair Food Alliance. She researches and publishes on the topics of food security, food waste, supermarkets and food system governance. In addition to her academic work, Carol co-authored Australia’s People’s Food Plan, and co-produced a fair food documentary whilst serving as the Vice-President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.

The Panel:
Dr Kiah Smith, Research Fellow in the UQ School of Social Science, and co-founder of the Brisbane Fair Food Alliance. As a Sociologist in environment and development, Kiah’s work broadly examines social and political contestation within the corporate food regime. She has researched and written on fair and ethical trade, resilience, land speculation and financing, social solidarity economy, gender empowerment, green economy and the SDGs.

Joel Orchard is a food systems activist, passionate advocate for young farmers and local food and an activated industry networker. His interests are in exploring the social sustainability of local food production and tackling the issue of an ageing farmer population. Joel has been instrumental in establishing Future Feeders, a young farmers hub, peer support and community farming program and associated capacity building networks - the Northern Rivers Young Farmers Alliance and Young Farmers Connect group. His other principle projects include FEED Northern Rivers - participatory guarantee system & the Community Supported Agriculture Network Australia and New Zealand

Emily Arbuckle is a Leader of the Brisbane Chapter of the Youth Food Movement (YFM). YFM is a national, volunteer-led organisation that aims to build the skills, knowledge and experience that young people have around food. She studied a Bachelor of Biomedicine, followed by a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, aiming for a career in health promotion. Upon finishing her studies she moved north to the Gold Coast and launched a healthy snack company with the goal of building a new platform from which to promote healthy eating. Although the business is no longer running, the experience exposed her to the world of food manufacturing, labelling and marketing, sourcing and sustainability, and opened her mind to the concept of 'conscious capitalism' in the food industry.

Eating: It would not be a food event without some delicious treats. A Fair Food BBQ (with meat and vegetarian options) and drinks will be available for purchase on the night.

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Food Connect Shed Markets
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Food Connect Shed Markets

Free entry!

The last markets were so much fun, we’re doing it again! Come along to our pop-up market night and help us celebrate everything that's great about our local community! 

3pm - 8pm

Ballistic Beer.
Sunshine Organic Miso- Miso soup and miso
Balls with More - Raw vegan treats made in Sailsbury
Gutsy Ferments - Ferments, Kraut, Kim Chi
Buchi Brew Co - Kombucha, Kefir and Ferments 
Buchi Bone Broth- Soup and Bone Broth
Frolicking Goat- Local Goats Cheese
Rani’s Cuisine - Indian and Mauritian cuisine
Stella Pastry - a unique range of delicious tarts, brownies, cakes and vegan treats.
Edible Love by Rae - Locally made cupcakes!
Geoffs Kitchen - Relishes, hot sauces
Ian Burrow- Avocados from Mount Cotton
Anand’s Chai

Lesley Hurley Ceramics
MelHil Ceramics
Belle and Frank- Locally made tote bags, grocery bags and produce bags!
Mariel Rye - Hand painted earrings
The Naked Gardiner - t-shirts, tote bags, and illustrations 
Embasan Haus - handmade flower crowns
Busy Fingers- beeswax wraps, cotton rope -bowls, bags and mats.
Melissa Booth Homewares
The Naked Gardiner 

So many incredible stalls lined up. From local designers and artists, sweet treats, hot soup and handmade miso, music, cooking demonstrations, vintage clothes, come and meet your local producers, all under the roof of the Food Connect Shed.

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Are Farmers the New Environmentalists?
Oct
13
1:00 PM13:00

Are Farmers the New Environmentalists?

Join us for a very special night with Food Connect farmers and the team to hear radical farmer and author, Charlie Massy as he discusses the new wave of farmers providing ground breaking solutions to restore our degraded landscapes and putting us on a path to transform our broken food system.

After his keynote, Charlie will be joined by Samantha and Ray Palmer, owners of Symara Farm in Stanthorpe.

When: 1pm, Saturday 13th October, 2018

Where: Wandering Cooks

Tickets: $20

About Charlie Massy - Author and Radical Farmer

With his new book, Call of the Reed Warbler, Massy gives us a new way to think about how we farm and grow food. Charles Massy explores transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health. It is a story of how a grassroots revolution – a true underground insurgency – can save the planet, help turn climate change around, and build healthy people and healthy communities, pivoting significantly on our relationship with growing and consuming food.

All proceeds go towards the Food Connect Foundation's community-owned food hub project.

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Milkwood Book Launch and Mushroom Demo
Sep
23
12:00 PM12:00

Milkwood Book Launch and Mushroom Demo

Join us for an afternoon with Food Connect Brisbane and Milkwood!

Food, coffee and beer will be available from Wandering Cooks. Author talks With Kirsten and Nick and a DIY mushroom growing demo.

Growing mushrooms waste-free, at your place, is easier than you think! Join us for this short workshop and learn a little about the fabulous world of fungi, and growing mushrooms at home. We'll show you the basics of how to turn everyday waste materials and household containers into a supply of delicious mushrooms. There's a whole mushroom growing chapter in our new book MILKWOOD, to get you started as well. www.Milkwood.net/book

The skills that we learn bind our lives together. Do you want to know how to grow your own food? Or how to keep bees? How to forage for edible seaweed along the shoreline, or wild greens down by the stream? Maybe you're curious about growing mushrooms or how to grow the perfect tomato. 

You're invited to make these skills your own. Designed to be read with a pot of tea by your elbow and a notebook beside you, Milkwood is all you need to start living a more home-grown life. From DIY projects to wild fermented recipes, the in-depth knowledge and hands-on instruction contained in these pages will have your whole family fascinated and inspired to get growing, keeping, cooking and making.

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/milkwood-book-launch-and-mushroom-demo-tickets-49069334701

Milkwood is the name of Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar's first farm as well as their school where anyone can learn skills for down-to-earth living. Kirsten, Nick and a team of educators offer courses on topics contained in this book as well as permaculture design, natural building and much more. Kirsten and Nick live on a small regenerative farm near Daylesford, where many things from the sprouted grain they feed their chickens to ingredients that make up dinner is homegrown.

'This beautifully presented book gives readers the nitty-gritty guide for five diverse ways to nourish ourselves from stewarding nature's abundance.' ~ David Holmgren, co-originator of Permaculture

'This book may change your life and your community.' ~ Costa Georgiadis

'Finally, the ultimate self-reliance manual from premier educational facilitator, Milkwood.' ~ Joel Salatin, Polyface Farm

'A joyful guide to how to grow, eat and live in harmony with nature.' ~ Indira Naidoo

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/milkwood-book-launch-and-mushroom-demo-tickets-49069334701

All proceeds go to the Food Connect Foundation.
The Food Connect Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation catalysing the new creative food system by supporting social enterprises; initiating & implementing farm & farmer support programs and promoting conscious food choices through applied research.

Through the creation of prosperous regional and urban food systems our vision ensures
Australians can access healthy, fresh, ecologically-grown food.

Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/milkwood-book-launch-and-mushroom-demo-tickets-49069334701

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Aug
21
6:00 PM18:00

Food Connect Shed: Equity Crowdfunding Campaign Launch

We’re looking to raise $2 million to buy our warehouse, and we’re launching a campaign on 21 August to do that.

We’re setting up a new company to own the warehouse, and to manage the current tenants (and the tenants we hope to have in the future). We’re running an equity crowdfunding campaign so our community can own that warehouse with us.

We believe for a fair food system to exist, the public needs to own the infrastructure.

We’re launching at 6pm on Tuesday, 21 August, and we want to launch with our community. It’s a Tuesday, so it won’t be a late one. But, we want to give you chance to come and see our space, and celebrate with us. There will be beer on tap from all three of our local craft breweries, platters of nibbles, a kids space, and chance for you to ask us questions and register as an investor!

When: from 6pm on Tuesday, 21 August
Where: our Warehouse, 8 Textile Crescent, Salisbury

RSVP here.

If you want to be kept in the loop during the whole campaign, make sure you sign up to the interested investor list!

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Butchering 101 with Jarrod Huey
Jun
2
3:30 PM15:30

Butchering 101 with Jarrod Huey

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Everyday Fermenting
Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Everyday Fermenting

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Apr
7
12:00 PM12:00

Preserving the Season - Jams & Chutneys 101

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Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

Preserving the Seasons - Pickles 101

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Twilight Hub Market
Nov
30
3:00 PM15:00

Twilight Hub Market

The first Twilight Hub Market at Food Connect was so great, we're going to do it again this month! 

At that last market night, over $4,000 was diverted from the industrialised, anonymous economy into our creative,  local and relational economy that rewards talented artisans and makers.

How cool is that?

So join us for another great evening of ethical shopping for Christmas, good food and cruisy tunes. Lots of fun for friends, family and kids.

New Stall holders are invited to apply here.

If you're re-registering from our last market, please do so here.

MORE INFORMATION ON OUR MARKET

The Food Connect Foundation proudly invites the Brisbane community to buy really local at a series of Twilight Hub Markets this year.

Featuring our incredible food makers operating out of our Community Kitchen as well as other local and talented sellers, with food, gifts and music, the next Twilight Hub Market will be held from 3pm on Thursday, 30 November, to give shoppers an ethical alternative to their normal Thursday night Christmas shopping.

We have a great list of local businesses who will demonstrate radical transparency in their labelling and sourcing policies when offering visitors beautiful Christmas gifts at Food Connect’s warehouse in Salisbury.

Many of these businesses make and grow the products they sell in South East Queensland, keeping local farmers and makers in business and local people in jobs.  It just makes good economic sense.

“By investing your spending dollars with locally-owned businesses, you create four times the economic impact within that local community,” says Chair of the Food Connect Foundation, Robert Pekin.

“You hear many people say they support local, but at our Christmas Markets you’ll find out the real difference between what is advertised as local, and what the real alternative looks like. We’re asking shoppers to bring their questions about the origin of products and how they’re made.”

"The beauty of really buying locally," he said, "is that you are contributing to the health and viability of your local community. That means local jobs, local investment, local relationships, and long term resilience."

Are you going? Tell us on our facebook event page!

Farmers, artisan makers and shoppers are encouraged to use the hashtags #buyreallylocal, #madebyourlocalartisan and #grownbyourlocalfarmers to help promote their products on social media.

If you'd like more information, please email emma-kate@foodconnectfoundation.org.au.

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Tastes Like Sunshine Farm Tour
Nov
11
10:00 AM10:00

Tastes Like Sunshine Farm Tour

Museum of Brisbane have partnered with Food Connect to offer these tours. Food Connect work to connect a community that values a fair, healthy and flourishing food culture, where food and the work of those who grow, produce, process, transport and distribute it are recognised and rewarded fairly. At Food Connect, local actually means local: their fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products and bakery items travel no more than 400 kilometres before getting to your door, and they guarantee superior quality, freshness and a reduced impact on the environment.

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Twilight Hub Markets
Nov
2
4:00 PM16:00

Twilight Hub Markets

The Food Connect Foundation proudly invites the Brisbane community to buy really local at a series of Twilight Hub Markets this year.

Featuring our incredible food makers operating out of our Community Kitchen as well as other local and talented sellers, with food, gifts and music, the first Twilight Hub Market will be held on the evening of Thursday, 2 November, to give shoppers an ethical alternative to their normal Thursday night Christmas shopping.   

We have a great list of local businesses who will demonstrate radical transparency in their labelling and sourcing policies when offering visitors beautiful Christmas gifts at Food Connect’s warehouse in Salisbury.

Many of these businesses make and grow the products they sell in South East Queensland, keeping local farmers and makers in business and local people in jobs.  It just makes good economic sense.

“By investing your spending dollars with locally-owned businesses, you create four times the economic impact within that local community,” says Chair of the Food Connect Foundation, Robert Pekin.

“You hear many people say they support local, but at our Christmas Markets you’ll find out the real difference between what is advertised as local, and what the real alternative looks like. We’re asking shoppers to bring their questions about the origin of products and how they’re made.”

"The beauty of really buying locally," he said, "is that you are contributing to the health and viability of your local community. That means local jobs, local investment, local relationships, and long term resilience."

Are you going? Tell us on our facebook event page!

Farmers, artisan makers and shoppers are encouraged to use the hashtags #buyreallylocal, #madebyourlocalartisan and #grownbyourlocalfarmers to help promote their products on social media.

If you'd like to be stall holder, please email emma-kate@foodconnectfoundation.org.au.

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Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry
Oct
5
6:30 PM18:30

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Join us for the premier Australian screening of the Sundance documentary LOOK & SEE, a cinematic portrait of farmer, writer and activist Wendell Berry.

WHEN: 6.30PM, THURSDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2017

WHERE: SCHONELL THEATRE, UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND

COST: $19.50, Including Booking Fee

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE!

LOOK AND SEE is a cinematic portrait of the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America in the era of industrial agriculture, as seen through the mind’s eye of writer, farmer, and activist Wendell Berry.

The first documentary about Berry, undoubtedly one of America’s most significant living writers, LOOK AND SEE was filmed in and around the rolling hills of Henry County, Kentucky – where Berry has lived and farmed since the mid-1960’s.

Often called “a prophet for rural America,” Berry has long been a voice for the communities that are so often overlooked by the media. LOOK AND SEE subverts biopic conventions and immerses audiences into Berry’s world, providing a space to talk about the land and those who live on it.

It’s a conversation that is more urgent than ever, as we find ourselves in a deeply divided world where so many of us are disconnected from the farmers who feed us.

This event is brought to you by the Food Connect Foundation and the Friends of Food Connect.

The Friends of Food Connect share a love of quality, real, local food, are all long term supporters of Food Connect and share the values of Equity, Reciprocity, Integrity and Connection, especially within the food system. Events are organised to share ideas, educate and entertain while spreading the word about a fairer food system.

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New Economies Network Conference Dinner
Sep
2
6:00 AM06:00

New Economies Network Conference Dinner

YOUR INVITATION
On Saturday night 2nd September, the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) is co-hosting a site visit and CONFERENCE DINNER at Food Connect, which will include the Brisbane launch of the Organic and Regenerative Investment Cooperative (ORIcoop) and some fantastic art works by the Earth Arts Collective (including a projection of videos/photos and slam poetry). This is a side event connected to the New Economy Conference being held at Southbank from 1-3 September, 2017 - but everyone's welcome to attend the dinner, whether you're able to join us at the conference or not!

ABOUT THE EVENT
This fabulous event will include a tour of the Food Connect food hub and an overview of the consumer-led food movement; a delicious multi-course meal and arts showcase. The cost is $70 per person - and this includes charter bus transport from Southbank to the Food Connect venue and back to Southbank later that evening.

REGISTRATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL as places are limited, so please visithttp://trybooking.com/RAZP to secure your ticket! 

PROGRAM FOR THE EVENING
5.30pm - charter bus picks up delegates from QCA Lecture Theatre (conference venue) or make your own way to Food Connect
6.00pm - site visit and short presentation by Rob Pekin
6.30pm - Bar Open for pre-dinner mingle
7.00pm - a fabulous Food Connect Dinner and Brisbane launch of the Organic and Regenerative Investment Cooperative (ORICoop)
7.30pm - Art and the New Economy: work from the Earth Arts Collective: projection of video and photographic art work + slam poetry
9pm - charter bus takes participants back to South Bank or party on.

For more information about the Conference or the Side Events, please visit: www.neweconomy.org.au.

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Mar
23
11:00 AM11:00

Indigenous Cultural Food Exchange

The Jerry Cans, from Nunavut Arctic Canada, will be touring Australia from 3 March beginning in WA and reaching Queensland on 22 March. Along the way they will play at some of Australia's premier music festivals. 

As proponents of Indigenous cultural exchange and with First Nations Inuit people in their band, The Jerry Cans are always keen to meet local Aboriginal people and discuss their cultural similarities and differences.

To welcome them to the Sunshine State, an Indigenous cultural food exchange will be a highlight of the Queensland leg of their tour. The event will take place at Food Connect,Brisbane’s sustainable and ethical food hub, who have partnered with First Food Co, providores of specialty native Australian ingredients.

First Food Co are hosting the event to bring together Australian Indigenous Elders and the Inuit band members from Arctic Canada who will partake in an Indigenous cultural food exchange while invited guests taste the incredible dishes using First Food Co’s carefully sourced native ingredients, while listening to a few high-energy tunes from the band.

The fast rising northern stars, The Jerry Cans, create music inspired by their hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut, close to the Arctic. With their unique mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae, the Jerry Cans are a distinctly northern, one-of-a-kind group. The band perform many of their songs in Inuktitut and are passionate about preserving the language even as the north and their home community of Iqaluit evolve.

Andrew Morrison, lead singer of The Jerry Cans, says that the group’s main focus is tointroduce the world to the lifestyle of their indigenous community in Arctic Canada via music and culture.

The Food Connect Foundation’s vision is a world where all Australians can access healthy, local, ecologically-grown food that is fair to growers, eaters and the planet.

First Food Co is a specialist providore led by Aunty Dale Chapman, and sources native Australian ingredients from Aboriginal communities who wild-harvest or farm a variety of ingredients. They value add by manufacturing a range of relish, salsa, dukkah, popcorn, confectionery, tea and soap. The team regularly appears at food festivals and other public events.

The invitation-only event will be held between 11am and 1.30pm at the Food Connect Homestead in Salisbury, on Thursday, 23 March 2017.

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Fair Food Chefs with special guest, Bruce Pascoe
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Fair Food Chefs with special guest, Bruce Pascoe

For Brisbane chefs, hospitality practitioners and supporters building fair relationships with local farmers, producers and distributors.

A casual drinks event brings Brisbane chefs and fair food supporters together in a yarning circle.  Bruce Pascoe from the Bunurong clan of the Kulin nation is a teacher, farmer, fisherman, and author of award winning book, Dark Emu, Black Seeds: Agriculture or Accident? 

In his book, Pascoe appeals to Australia's culinary experts to embrace indigenous foods and agricultural practices in order to sustain a resilient food system.

Come along to hear Pascoe elaborate on adoptable culinary practices. Indigenous chef and lecturer, Dale Chapman, will join Pascoe in discussing the social, cultural and environmental benefits of collaborating with indigenous Australians in a bid to expand the Australian cuisine.

Where: Wandering Cooks, South Brisbane

When: 6pm, Monday, 5 December, 2016

Tickets: Only $10.00, Buy Now

Organised by Paula Hardie and the Food Connect Foundation
Find out more at www.fairfoodchefs.com.au

Cooking and eating in full consciousness, Fair Food Chefs acknowledge their influence on the food system, are empowered to redirect their practice, and cultivate a sense of place by letting local, seasonal and fair foods drive their menus.

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Community Food Hubs Dinner and Discussion
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Community Food Hubs Dinner and Discussion

Join us at the
Food Connect Homestead

The Food Connect Foundation in partnership with the Business Council of Co-operatives & Mutuals and Redland City Council, with support from the Australian Food Hubs Network and Sustain, is hosting Brisbane's first Inaugural Community Food Hubs* event.

This event is also proudly supported by the
Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund and Moorooka Ward Councillor.


The dinner event includes a delicious three course meal sourced from Food Connect farmers and local food and beverage makers, and catered by Gemma and the team at Espresso Train Caterers.  While enjoying the atmosphere of the Food Connect packing shed, you will hear from international speakers Anthony Flaccavento and Kathryn Scharf, and participate in a Q&A session afterwards.

WHEN:     6pm for 6.30pm Thursday, 11 August, 2016.
WHERE:   Food Connect Homestead,
                 Commerce Street, Salisbury.
COST:       $65 per head

WHY YOU SHOULD COME

  • Explore innovative ways to create greater value for local producers and entrepreneurs, revitalise rural and regional communities, and enhance affordable access to healthy food for all.

  • Learn first hand experiences of best practice Community Food Hub models from Canada, the USA and Australia.

  • Network with local practitioners, producers, academics, policy ­makers, investors, professionals and grassroots activists from across the food system.

  • Seek to understand the establishment pathways for community food hubs, with a focus on proof of concept planning, plus resource, infrastructure and financing requirements.

WHO SHOULD COME

  • Members of co-operatives, bulk buying groups, social entrepreneurs;

  • Producers and value-adders, who see themselves as suppliers of community food hubs;

  • Government planners and policy makers who can see the potential for this sector to meet economic development, health and well-being and environmental objectives;

  • Trainers, educators and researchers who want to support food hub operators and their suppliers to build their skills and capacities; and

  • Philanthropists and impact investors who realise the transformative power of financial resources put to a high social and environmental purpose.     

PROGRAM & SPEAKERS

6.00pm - Registration, canapes

6.30pm - Welcome
Robert Pekin, Food Connect Foundation
Richard Warner, Nundah Community Enterprises Co-operative

Richard Warner is the coordinator of Nundah Community Enterprises Co-operative (NCEC), a workers co-op established around the employment needs of members with a disability. NCEC manages two businesses: 'Espresso Train Cafe' and 'NCEC parks and Maintenance' who maintain a number of Brisbane's small parks. 

NCEC were awarded the best small social enterprise in Australia in 2015 and were finalists in 2013 and 2014.   Richard has a background in community development and working alongside people with a disability & is current secretary of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) the first peak body for Social Enterprise in Australia. 

7.00pm - Keynote Presentation
Community Food Centres in Canada: Systemic Change through Food Policy and Action
Kathryn Scharf, Community Food Centres, Canada

7.45pm - Keynote Presentation
Food Hubs in the US: Lessons, Enablers, Opportunities
- Anthony Flaccavento, SCALE

8.30pm - Q&A with Speakers

Kathryn Scharf, CEO, Community Food Centres, Canada

Kathryn worked for six years as Program Director at the Stop Community Food Centre where she helped to develop the Community Food Centre program model and the strategy to take the model to a national scale. She has worked for 17 years in the community food security sector in Toronto on everything from grassroots work in community food programs and alternative food distribution systems to program development, communications and initiatives aimed at changing systems through food policy and action. She is the co­author, with Nick Saul and Charles Levkoe, of the Metcalf Solutions Paper, In Every Community a Place for Food: The Role of the Community Food Centre in building a Local, Sustainable and Just Food System.

Anthony Flaccavento, President,
SCALE (Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies)

Anthony is an organic farmer near Abingdon, Virginia, in the heart of Central Appalachia. He has been working on community environmental and economic development in the region for the past 27 years. In 1995, he founded Appalachian Sustainable Development, which became a regional and national leader in sustainable economic development. Anthony left ASD in December, 2009 to found SCALE, Inc, a private consulting business dedicated to catalysing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems.

SCALE works with community leaders, farmers, foundations, economic development agencies and others in Appalachia, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico the Arkansas Delta and other communities. Anthony speaks and writes about sustainable development, economics, food systems and rural development issues extensively, with some of his pieces appearing in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Solutions Journal and elsewhere.

*What is a Food Hub?
A centrally located facility used for the aggregation, storage, processing, marketing and distribution of regionally produced food products.

More about our Sponsors

Business Council for Co-Operatives and Mutuals

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is the national peak body representing the co-operative and mutual models of enterprise. It is the only organisation uniting the entire and diverse range of member owned businesses.

Formed in 2013, the BCCM is a powerful and informed voice in the business community. Led by the chief executives of Australia’s co-operative and mutual businesses, the BCCM brings together the sector of businesses owned by members or formed to benefit members, with the common objective of increasing awareness of these models of enterprise.

With an estimated 1700 co-operative and mutual businesses operating nationally representing a total of 14.8 million memberships, the BCCM through its members, highlights the contribution co-operatives and mutuals make to the national economy and social development in Australia. Australia has a rich heritage of co-operatives and mutuals and the BCCM aims to invigorate the sector for a greater balance and diversity in the forms of business ownership in the economy.

www.bccm.coop


Redland City Council

Redland City Council is the local government authority for the Redlands, which includes the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, North Stradbroke Island and the mainland from Redland Bay in the south, to Capalaba in the west and Thorneside to the north.

www.redland.qld.gov.au

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Tinpan Orange in da wareHOUSE
May
13
to May 14

Tinpan Orange in da wareHOUSE

Seasoned folk darlings Tinpan Orange have today announced their fifth studio album, Love Is A Dog, alongside its breathtaking first single, Rich Man. The virtuosic trio are hitting the road to play Parlour gigs on their upcoming tour. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the band in such an intimate setting.

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Fair Food Week
Aug
19
to Aug 25

Fair Food Week

Whether you're a grower, a gardener, a cook or a foodie, Fair Food Week hits Brisbane this August and there is plenty happening!

Actively showcasing the treasures that our city has to offer  and exploring the current food system challenges through  conversations, workshops, films and tastings, this festival is the first of its kind in Australia. Fair Food Week is a national celebration of food that is fair to growers, producers, consumers and the environment. 

Check out the calendar of events here.

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