Localising Food; Lets make it happen!
It’s Thursday again and newsletter day. Matt is back from a trip up north and is sharing the garage/office space with me – so we have moved the gas heater and it is actually quite cozy!
The Wairarapa Eco Farms is becoming a prime example of how to localise food production. Its quite tricky in New Zealand where most of agriculture and horticulture has been and still is focussed on export markets. New Zealand is very much an export country. So there is not much support infrastructure to develop local food production systems like ours.
In 2006 Frank, Laura Beck and myself were asked to investigate local food production developments in the Wellington region, (you can read the summary of the report here) and it was very clear that over the years food production has become less local, making the region more dependant on produce shipped in from other parts of the country and from overseas.
Robina McCurdy and friends have been on the road for the last year to spread the word of the importance of local food movements and these coming weeks they are in our neighbourhood. This week they are in the Wairarapa and next week in Wellington. To find out more you can visit their webiste: http://localisingfood.weebly.com/index.html. Ross, our farm helper has been on the South Island tour with Robina filming workshops and documenting what is happening around New Zealand.
Saturday 8th JUNE, 7.30 – 9.30pm
Sunday 9th JUNE, 9.30am – 4.30pm
Monday 10th June, 11.30am - 1pm
Tuesday 11 JUNE, 7pm
Aro Valley and Island Bay communities are hosting the Localising Food Tour in June 2013, and invite you to join them for one or more of these inspiring events. Everyone can go along
to find out about some great local projects and turbo-boost your gardening skills alongside other interested people from your community. Be part of the next phase of localising food in Island Bay and Southern Wellington. It is hosted by Common Ground Community Gardens and Tapu Te Ranga Marae.
Fri 14th June, 6 - 9.30pm
Politics of Food Security
Inspiring Local Food Resilience
Sat 15th June, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Action planning for local food resilience
Sun 16th June, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Food Forest Design
Common Ground Community Gardens
Intro to local projects; Brainstorming challenges and opportunities; Food forest design
Mon 17th June, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Kaitiakitanga and Edible Landscape Design - Part 1
Tapu Te Ranga Marae
Kaitiakitanga – how do we understand and act on kaitiakitanga? Intro to edible landscape design; Green manure cropping; Soil fertility; Composting
Tues 18th June, 9.30am - 4.30pm
Edible Landscape Design - Part 2
Tapu Te Ranga Marae
Edible landscape design; Weed and pest management; Winter and summer planting; Crop rotation and interplanting.
Sounds like good fun!
We are reading up on 'savings pools' to see how this can be of help to develop the CSA. We are quite keen to hear from anyone involved in such activities.
In your CSA shares this week:
Fruit Share: 2 kg apples and 500 grams feijoas.
Small Veggie Share: 1 kg Potatoes (or 1 kg Pumpkin), 400 grams of Florence Fennel, 400 grams Leeks, 130-140 grams of Radish, and a bunch of baby Carrots (350 grams).
Large Veggie Share: 1 kg Potatoes (or 1 kg Pumpkin), 400 grams of Florence Fennel, 400 grams Leeks, 130-140 grams of Radish, a bag of Cavalo Nero Kale, a bag of Perpetual Spinach or 4-500 grams of Broccoli Shoots, 1 kg Pumpkin, 150 grams of Salad Mix, a bunch of Coriander and Parsley, and a bunch of baby Carrots (350 grams).
Josje and the farm team