SEE Change and FUSION

Media Release 

Date  29th October 2013

Fresher, Healthier, and Cheaper Foods for Canberra

Fusion Canberra will host a Local Food Security Expo on the 16th of November at their premises at the Carleton Street Shops, Kambah, to demonstrate different ways to get fresher, healthier and cheaper food closer to home.  From 11 am to 3 pm, a variety of fun and engaging activities will be available for everyone to enjoy

There’ll be fun and engaging activities for the little ones and the grown-ups, making it a great way to spend some quality Saturday time with the family. The children will love the face painting, aquaponics, and a themed lucky dip, and there’ll be information sessions and seminars throughout the day on Aquaponics, local food, urban homesteading and more.

Bec Pollock and Genevieve Hopkins from Growing Home (http://www.growing-home.com.au/) as well as other local food experts will be there throughout the day to share their wisdom, and the Fusion team will also be on hand to answer your questions.

The event will also be catered with a hundred free sausages sandwiches, so get in early! In addition, reasonably priced fair-trade coffee and free chilled water will be available.

SEE Change and Fusion Canberra, who are organizing this event, are two community-based organisations that aim to promote community action and solidarity on many issues like food security. “In 2013 we’ve been running the Our Hungry Future? campaign, aimed at raising awareness about food security, and opening up discussion of how we can deal with it,” said Anne Clarke, Executive Officer of SEE-Change.  By organising this event, they are aiming to showcase existing initiatives and demonstrate that food security is an issue of concern for us all.

With most of Canberra’s food coming from outside the Capital Region,  Canberra relies on roads and fossil fuel to maintain its food supply, something which makes us extremely vulnerable to changes to any part of the supply chain.  But there are alternatives which everyone can access with a little support.

“There are so many organizations in Canberra who are helping us find ways to improve our food security, and we’d like to make sure everyone in the Tuggeranong Valley is aware of the resources that are at their disposal”, adds Clarke.  “Fusion have been working in this area for many years and it’s been terrific to collaborate with them on this project.”

“Aquaponics is a great way to grow vegies, herbs and fish, because you don’t need much water or to have access to good soil”, says Nigel Doecke, Fusion Canberra Aquaponics Support.  Fusion’s Aquaponics setups at Kambah will be one of the highlights of the day:  with room-sized and verandah-sized units on display.

Our guest speakers and guides will represent a wide variety of approaches to this issue:  there’s bound to be something for everyone.

“Promoting these activities is also about promoting jobs and another source of revenue for Canberrans” says Brenton Reimann, Team Leader of Fusion Canberra. “It is a great opportunity to diversify and grow our local economy”.

ENDS

More information:

Anne Clarke, Executive Officer, SEE Change

E: [email protected]

Brenton Reimann, Team Leader, Fusion Canberra

E: [email protected]


Event details and rego:

www.localfoodexpo.eventbrite.com.au

More information on the Our Hungry Future Project can be found here.

www.ourhungryfuture.org

Pictorial details or advice for media

Brenton Reimann and other spokespeople will be able to give interviews during the event. The area is mainly open space but there is a possibility to shoot inside if the noise level is too high outside.

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