THE North East Fair Food Farmers and Followers annual gathering is returning to Stanley this month.
Now in its third year, the gritty gathering on February 24 will appeal to those who embrace, support and farm fair.
This year’s keynote speaker will come from Local Food Loop, the Australian-grown app for smartphones used to connect growers, makers and sellers.
This will be followed by 10 “speed speakers” from across the region who will share their stories of farming and other connection initiatives.
The gathering is hosted by the Beechworth Food Co-op.
Stanley regenerative farmer Jade Miles said discomfort about the future was a growing sentiment, which motivated people to reduce plastic, grow vegetables or buy fair trade.
“Three times a day eating is at the core of our existence and as one of the largest global contributors to climate change, the power that each of us has in our decision of what we eat is profound,” she said.
“The difference we can make by simply eating locally grown, seasonal food and getting to know and support our farmers is immense.
“Not only does it shorten supply chains, minimise freight, reduce reliance on plastic, keep dollars local and build regional resilience, it secures food sovereignty, and that is not only critical but an exciting opportunity that we can all embrace.”
A shared community pot luck will be a highlight of the gathering.