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! 

Localising Food

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.

Wairarapa Activities:

Saturday 8th JUNE, 7.30 – 9.30pm

1. ‘POLITICS OF FOOD SECURITY’-  with Susie Lees
- critical information about our rights to grow and share food in Aotearoa/NZ
- powerful examples of community food systems happening in our country
Featherston Community Centre, 14 Wakefield St, FEATHERSTON
Enquiries: Claire Bleakley  Email: p.bleakley@orcon.net.nz Ph  3089842


 Sunday 9th  JUNE, 9.30am – 4.30pm
‘ACTION PLANNING FOR LOCAL FOOD RESILIENCE’ – full-day workshop with Robina McCurdy

An Action Planning workshop for the Wairarapa bio-region + household food sovereignty.
Featherston Community centre, 14 Wakefield St, FEATHERSTON
Enquiries & Registration:  Claire Bleakley  Email: p.bleakley@orcon.net.nz Ph  3089842


Monday 10th June, 11.30am - 1pm 
(Presentation + Lunch) 
Discover how to meet  your towns vegetable and fruit needs within its own boundaries, by learning from many diverse examples of local food throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Wairarapa Community centre, 41 Perry Street, Masterton
Contact:  Marie   Ph 377 3115    Email: supergransmstn@xtra.co.nz


Tuesday 11 JUNE, 7pm 
Powerful examples of community food systems happening around our country.
Wairarapa Community centre, 41 Perry Street, Masterton
A free event, supported by the Masterton Safe and Healthy Community Council.
Enquiries Contact:  Sandy Ryan, Wairarapa Resource Centre. Email: manager@mshcc.org.nz, Ph 06 3788900




Wellington Activities:

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.

Aro Valley 

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

Island Bay

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!

Savings Pool

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).

Keep warm, 

Josje and the farm team