19 January 2010

South Australian Food Convergence - From Plains to Plate: the Future of Food in South Australia

From February 10-13, "From Plains to Plate: the Future of Food in South Australia" will bring together community, government and industry to contribute to the development of South Australian food policy and community action to ensure healthy, sustainable and resilient local food systems for SA.

The event consists of an exciting opening night forum sponsored by the Hawke Centre, a day of tours to community gardens and sustainable farms, film nights, and two days of presentations and workshops.

Registrations for “From Plains to Plate” are now open, and you can download the registration form from http://futureoffoodsa.ning.com/.

In order to ensure participation in the convergence from a diverse range of participants, we’ve done our best to keep registration costs as low as possible. The four days of the convergence are packed with a diversity of different events, workshops and presentations exploring six main themes:

- Food, agriculture and the environment
- Nutrition, public health and food access
- Urban planning, growth and food security
- Food, education and ecological literacy
- Agriculture, trade and food policy
- Practical community-based solutions to food issues

Download the program from http://futureoffoodsa.ning.com/, and check the “Speakers” page for more information on individual presenters.

The stunning logo for the convergence was designed by our presenting partners Ecocreative, and we’ve been joined by a number of other organisations to help make the convergence a success.

In addition to Ecocreative, Friends of the Earth welcomes the involvement of presenting partners the SA Farmers Federation, Slow Food (Adelaide & Barossa, Adelaide Hills and the Fleurieu Peninsula), the SA School and Community Gardens Network, the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at UniSA, and Zero Waste SA.

Our invaluable community partners are Sustainable Communities, the Permaculture Education Zone, Food Connect Adelaide, the Permaculture Association of SA, Conservation SA and Transition Adelaide West.

We also acknowledge the City of Marion, the City of Charles Sturt and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board for their generous support for tours to community, school and private food-producing gardens and farms.

For more information on “From Plains to Plate: the Future of Food in South Australia”, visit http://futureoffoodsa.ning.com/, email joel.catchlove@foe.org.au, or phone 0435 631 524.

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