Now in its third year, the North East Fair Food Farmers and Followers gathering on Sunday, February 24 is a gritty convergence of like-minded local people who embrace, support and farm fair.
A day of connection, sharing, learning and solidarity, it's an uplifting event that celebrates food and all its magnificence.
Discomfort about our shared ecological future is a growing sentiment for so many reasons, and we all make change and reassure ourselves via the approach that fits best with each of us - whether by minimising plastic, growing veggie gardens, donating to the RSPCA or buying fair trade where possible.
Whatever your sentiment, one thing remains true: eating is at the very 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.
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, but it secures food sovereignty.
This year’s gathering starts with a keynote speaker from Local Food Loop, followed by 10 speakers from across the region sharing their stories of farming and other connection initiatives.
A shared potluck lunch will provide a great chance for everyone to banter before the afternoon sessions, which will divide the gathering into two to three groups to discuss topics.
Fast paced and engaging, the day is a great chance to meet others and discuss the opportunities and challenges of creating a fairer food system.
For more details on the gathering at Stanley Memorial Hall, or to buy tickets, search “Fair Food Farmers and Followers Gathering” on Eventbrite.