BEAM Mitchell Environment Group would like to thank EVERYONE that helped before, during and after our Fair FREE Food event on Saturday 17 August at the Seymour Community Market. It was fabulous, amazing, wonderful! BEAM were very pleased with the turn out and show of support we received from the community. Initially it was hard for some people to believe we were giving away so much free food but after a little chat we believe visitors could understand the reasons and wanted to learn more.
Fair Food Week has been created by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) which is a collaboration of organisations and individuals working together towards a food system in which people have the opportunity to choose, create and manage their food supply from paddock to plate. Their purpose is to cooperate, to create an equitable, sustainable and resilient food system for all Australians.
The Fair Food message is really simple and there are 10 positive points for a better food system to take back control over what your family eats… Following is a summary of the AFSA points:
- Grow some of your own food
- Join a community garden – get involved with the Seymour community garden as a great first step www.seymourcommunitygarden.com
- Join a community supported agriculture scheme
- Shop at a farmers’ market
- Buy Australian food at your local greengrocer, bakery and butcher
- Join a local food co-operative
- Buy direct from the farm and support regenerative farming systems
- Ask your council to adopt a food procurement policy and the Food Sensitive Planning Urban Design guidelines
- Buy foods that are minimally packaged in reusable or recyclable packaging
- Join the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and participate in activities to build a democratic food system.
At our Fair FREE Food Stall we gave away fresh vegetables donated by local producers, we had a free sausage sizzle of ethically raised, local, free range meats, we had free soups that included edible weeds and a huge community swap table that was constantly being filled with fruits, potted plants and veggies which were all brought in from peoples back yards from Seymour and surrounds. The amount of home grown food that was freely donated to us so we could share it with others was just amazing and we are truly grateful to all who brought food in. We also had a box of not so common vegetables and herbs for those willing to try and guess all 10 items in the box.
We showed two short videos on our food system titled ‘Orange Tree Blues’ and ‘Incredible Edible Todmorden’ playing on constant loop throughout the day. The Seymour Community Garden shared our stall with mini vegetable beds and the kids activity was to grow either a pea or sunflower seed in a newspaper pot to watch grow over the coming weeks.
Wow – we fitted in and achieved a lot in our few hours at the Seymour Community Market and it was all worth it to bring the Fair Food message out to the community. We would like to acknowledge all the supporters of the event for their great efforts, especially:
Nexus Primary Health,
- Seymour Community Garden,
- Lions Club of Seymour,
- Taurus Meats,
- Somerset Heritage Produce,
- Habbies Howe Beef,
- Matt’s Patch,
- Seven Hills Tallarook,
- Commonground Cooperative,
- Oink! Produce
- and Doug’s Bakery
We hope this event has opened up discussion on Fair Food and we have been able to provide information and ideas to our community and possibly begun a whole new way of thinking about the food we eat. Thank you to all involved. Have we started a food revolution in and around Seymour?
Fair Food Week runs from 19 – 26 August there are loads of events being held all over Australia to find out more about Fair Food Week and other events being held visit: www.fairfoodweek.org.au and www.australianfoodsovereigntyalliance.org for more information on fair food check out www.sustainabletable.org.au ‘Hungry for Info’ tab. For more photos of the event in Seymour see the photo album.
Linda Kennedy and Cynthia Lim – BEAM Members.