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Growing our community — one backyard at a time

The Memo 235 Maroondah Hwy Healesville VIC 3777
  • Event date:
    21/03/2024 at 7:00 pm
  • Event end:
    21/03/2024 at 9:00 pm
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Growing our community – one backyard at a time

This seminar will focus on how we can address the challenges we face in this changing world. Climate change, cost of living pressures, and food security have impacted us over the last few years and a sustainable solution is right in our own backyard. Working with our neighbours and our local community, we can meet these challenges head on and live more enjoyable lives.

Our speakers will talk about their experience in building community by establishing urban food production systems, ranging from community farms to highly productive gardens based on permaculture principles.

Key takeaways will be ideas on how you can address the challenges facing our community by working with your neighbours and local groups to build a better future.

Nick Rose (Executive Director of Sustain Australia) will speak to the work of Sustain since 2016 in raising the profile of urban agriculture in Australia as a ‘think and do network’. This includes the establishment and operation of three urban farms (Alphington, Preston and Bundoora), the coordination of four national Urban Agriculture Forums (2016 / 2018 / 2021 / 2023) with more than 150 speakers and over 1500 attendees, three national Urban Agriculture Months (2021/2/3), the development of local government food policies and strategies (e.g. Cardinia Community Food Strategy 2018-2026, Banyule Urban Food Strategy 2023-2027), and advocacy to State and Federal governments for greater recognition and resourcing for the urban agriculture sector.

Kat Lavers developed ‘The Plummery‘, a tiny 1/14th acre urban permaculture system that produces almost all the household’s veggies, herbs, fruit and quail eggs (more than 450kg in 2020!).

Kat will speak about how the Plummery has overcome challenges to create abundance from a small urban space and present a case study that demonstrates the contribution home gardens can make to food security, cost of living, climate resilience and community.

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About Nick Rose

Nick has been the Executive Director of Sustain since its establishment in January 2016. With a background In law and community development, Nick brings more than two decades of working at the grassroots and institutional level in several Australian states and internationally in food sovereignty and sustainable food systems. He is the editor of “Fair Food: Stories From a Movement Changing The World (2015)” and the co-editor of “Reclaiming The Urban Commons: The Past, Present and Future of Food Growing in Australian Towns And Cities (2018).” Nick is also a senior lecturer in food systems, food policy and governance and food movements for William Angliss Institute in their Bachelor of Food Studies and Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy.

About Kat Lavers

Kat Lavers is a small space food production specialist, gardening educator and permaculture designer.  Her small urban permaculture system, ‘The Plummery’, has been profiled on Happen Films, Gardening Australia and in the RetroSuburbia book.

When she’s not designing home food systems or community gardens, she delivers urban agriculture projects with local councils including the multi award-winning My Smart Garden education program.

Kat has 20 years’ experience in teaching alongside international permaculture legends like Rosemary Morrow, David Jacke and David Holmgren, and has worked with everyone from refugees in Malaysia to nomadic herders in Mongolia.

We wish to thank the Yarra Ranges Council and VicHealth for sponsoring this event.

This is a FREE event but bookings are essential (click on the booking button to reserve your spot).



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