Sustain: The Australian Food Network is hosting our third signature event for this year's Urban Agriculture Month in Canberra. This Urban Agriculture Forum: Churchill Fellows Speak with Senator David Pocock at the Endeavour Centre on 7 December will discuss the importance of urban agriculture and edible town, cities and suburbs. We feel strongly this is a movement whose time has come.
Sustain has long advocated for a mass expansion of urban agriculture across the country to make Australia's towns and cities edible. Our research (most recently, Growing Edible Cities and Towns: A survey of the Victorian urban agriculture sector) has shown that resourcing is a key constraint.
Which is why hosting this Canberra Agriculture Forum on 7 December in Australia's capital is so important.
The Churchill Trust of Australia was established in 1965 to support Australians realise their dreams of a better and fairer future for this country. In recent years the Trust has funded several Fellows to investigate important dimensions of community-led food system change, which has been underway for several decades overseas. The goal: to super-charge the process of building a path to a better and fairer food future. This event in the nation's capital will feature four Churchill Fellows whose passion is urban agriculture: three just back from their travels to North America and Europe, and one who made the trip in 2014. The presentations and discussions will be followed by networking drinks and canapes.
In the national Pandemic Gardening survey (9,140 responses), we called for a national $500mn Edible Gardening fund, as a necessary investment in preventative public health, to tackle the mental and dietary health crises that cost Australian taxpayers over $200bn annually in direct and indirect costs.
Food system change requires government engagement at all levels: local, state and Federal. So we're thrilled that newly elected independent Senator for Canberra, David Pocock, will be attending and speaking at the Canberra Urban Agriculture Forum to hear from returning Churchill Fellows and Canberrans passionate to see the nation's capital become more edible.
Please note the venue is Level 1, Endeavour House, 1 Franklin Street, Griffith ACT. We'd love you to join us.
This event has already taken place.
For more information about this past event, visit events.humanitix.com/canberra-urban-agriculture-forum
Or contact Nick Rose:
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