The Fair Food movement in Australia is alive and well, and is moving past an initial stage of a highly urbanised population desperate for greater connection with where our food comes from and who grows it. In the face of a shrinking number of farms and an ageing farmer demographic, a new generation is heading out to re-populate the land and grow food in transparent, grounded and connected ways – the new ways are old ways.
The Future Feeders are working to connect new farmers to land and to each other and build a community of people growing food fairly in the northern rivers region of NSW. Tammi Jonas of Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths is growing rare-breed pastured pigs and cattle in a regenerative, ethical and radically transparent system in the central highlands of Victoria, and is a founding member of Fair Food Farmers United (FFFU), the farmers’ branch of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA). As a young organic farmer, founder of Munch Crunch Organics, Alasdair Smithson, learned to grow healthy organic food. But, he also learned that he needed a direct relationship with a community of local customers to sustain the ecological health of the soil or the farm.
Through forming deeper connections to each other, the land we nurture, and the people who are nurtured by it, we’re creating a fresh ideas market for clean, nutritious and delicious fair food.
For more information, please see http://scu.edu.au/regionalfoodconference/