Food Sovereignty Convergence
Food sovereignty asserts the right of peoples to nourishing and culturally-appropriate food produced and distributed in ecologically sound and ethical ways, and their right to collectively determine their own food and agriculture systems.
Special Evening Events
Sunday night, we will gather at local restaurant A. Baker, sharing seasonal food and drinks and meeting with our hosts for the next few days. This is a self-funded dinner/drinks.
On Monday night, Convergence attendees will gather at Canberra City Farm for a potluck dinner. Tickets are also sold separately for this event. The evening will begin with a tour of Canberra City Farm followed by the main event: Bruce Pascoe, author of the acclaimed Dark Emu, and regenerative farmer Tammi Jonas discussing 'how we can reconcile indigenous land management with the new movement of farmers' regenerative land management'. And then we will delight in feasting, potluck style!
The Food Sovereignty Convergence will begin on Monday with a discussion on indigenous food sovereignty and land sovereignty led by Ngambri man Shane Mortimer. We will then move into a discussion about the global food sovereignty movement led by AFSA President Tammi Jonas, who has recently returned from the VIIth International Conference of La Via Campesina (the international peasant farmers' movement) and meetings of the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN.
The majority of Monday and Tuesday will be MC'd by Alex Bayley in unconference style - How does this work?
Early in the day, we will have an unconference scheduling period where people can propose sessions.
Proposed sessions will be scheduled using large post-it notes on the wall, and facilitators will help ensure that sessions have as little overlap or conflict as possible. Sometimes, two sessions may be combined together if the topics are similar.
At the end of the day, we’ll come back together for a closing session to gather feedback and talk about what we’ve gained from the day’s activities.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided for both days of the Convergence so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) will hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday afternoon, details TBC.
Carpooling & Billeting
We are endeavouring to help organise carpooling and hosting in order to get as many food sovereignty advocates to the event - to do this we need your help! Of course.
If you can offer a lift or need a lift please head to the Carpooling page https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/79syma
If you can offer to host another attendee or are in need of a place to sleep please head to the Hosting document https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ieyPLUrw3vnaVPnwNlRYdOXo1HsP_Xmq4F9KomH0uvc/edit#gid=1269357516 Add to the "hosting" tab if you are able to host, or add to the "I need a host" tab if you need a place to sleep. You will find the tab options at the bottom of the page.
Tickets for the Convergence (Monday and Tuesday) and Potluck Dinner (Monday evening) are $110 for general admission and $160 for govt/organisations. Tickets are also sold separately for the Potluck Dinner on Monday evening at $20.
This event is not a fundraiser, however, you're welcome to donate to the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance's Legal Defence Fund when you purchase a ticket.
Look forward to seeing you there!
We greatly appreciate support from Southern Harvest Associaton, SCPA-South East Producers and Canberra Environment Centre. Southern Harvest is a business and community led organisation focused on growing local and regional food communities in the ACT and South East NSW through education, market opportunities, networking and advocacy. SCPA is a not-for-profit incorporated association that supports and promotes sustainable food production and regenerative agriculture in the south east region of NSW and those providing services that support ecologically sound production practices. Canberra Environment Centre works directly with the community to ensure the best environmental outcomes for the ACT through targeted education, information and practical application.
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245 Lady Denman Dr Canberra Central ACT 2602