Samford Edible Garden Trail

Samford Edible Garden Trail 2024 Panel Discussion

How do communities ensure local food security?

Across the globe, communities from small rural villages to large urban cities are finding it challenging to understand and address the complexities involved in enabling the localisation of food systems.  In the midst of globalisation and climate change, food security for local communities is no longer just about food access, but also incorporates other considerations such as food safety & nutrition, guided by justice & food sovereignty.  Local food security often requires the involvement of many stakeholders, a wide variety of local resources, and innovative production & distribution processes.  Challenging these local processes are the dominance of global supply chain markets; policies and regulations that favour large scale industrial agriculture; climate change and unanticipated seasonal variations; consumer preferences and more recently cost of living.

This context sets the stage for our panel discussion that asks the question: How do communities ensure local food security? 

To address this question, our panel will tackle a range of secondary questions, such as:

  • What strategies are needed to support and ensure local food security?
  • How can communities reduce their reliance on external resources & food sources?
  • What are the challenges to resilient and robust local food systems?
  • How can communities adapt to climate related challenges?
  • What role does education & technology play in sustainable food choices?
  • What collaborations and partnerships are needed?
  • Will current strategies be relevant in the future? (e.g. food co-ops, community gardens, community supported agriculture, food redistribution & food waste programs)
  • What is the future of community food sovereignty?

Where: Samford Farmer’s Hall (upstairs)

When: Saturday 18th May at 4.30pm (after the gardens close)

There will be plenty of time for questions at the end of the forum. 

We have limited space, so this is a ticketed event.

** there is a small fee to help us cover costs of running the event. 

Our panel

Jerry Coleby-Williams

Jerry has been gardening sustainably in five climate zones for almost sixty years. His career started in England, studying with the Royal Horticultural Society, then studying with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Brunel University, London. 

After graduating at Kew, he won a botanical scholarship to study and collect the flora of Western Australia, discovering and documenting new species. Jerry fell in love with the people, plants and places of WA and decided to emigrate. For many years, he managed the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

In 2003 he founded Bellis, a pioneering and award-winning, affordable, sustainable house and garden in Bayside Brisbane. 

Jerry has worked in both public and private sector horticultural enterprises in Britain and Australia, and he helped to establish Sydney’s Mt Annan Native Botanic Garden. He has consulted on numerous conservation, bushland and public garden projects in Australia and overseas. 

Jerry is always busy sharing his knowledge of horticulture and conservation through talks, conferences, talkback radio, his website, and public Facebook Page. Most of us know of him as a presenter on our only national television gardening show, ‘Gardening Australia’.

Morag Gamble

An award-winning teacher and designer, Morag has almost three decades of permaculture education experience. She is an international leader of the permaculture movement for change.

Morag is the founder of the Permaculture Education Institute with students on 6 continents, in 22 countries. The Executive Director of Ethos Foundation, a small charity helping provide free permaculture education in East Africa, and co-founder of Permayouth.

Morag has a YouTube channel Our Permaculture Life, Our Permaculture Life blog, and facilitates a regular podcast, Sense-Making in a Changing World, speaking with many passionate change-makers from all around the world.

Morag is a regular contributor to Pip Magazine, penned chapters for Permaculture Pioneers and Reclaiming the Urban Commons, and wrote Brisbane City Council’s Urban Agriculture Report.

Peter Kearney

Peter from My Food Garden, has a passion for growing organic and biodynamic food that evolved from childhood and now over 50 years later, he shares his knowledge and wisdom of food growing. Peter believes that connecting to the earth and the rhythms of nature in the food garden are essential to his well being and enable him to do his bit in transforming mother earth.

My Food Garden delivers a range of services to individuals who are backyard growers, hobby farmers, off-grid food growers, self-sufficiency gardeners and small-scale urban farmers, including organic and biodynamic educational workshops and webinars, coaching and biodynamic advisory services.

Peter is also a director of Biodynamic Agriculture Australia and presents regularly at international conferences on integrating biodynamic methods into urban agriculture.

Cliff Holden              

Cliff is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of experience in IT consulting and project management.

After a successful career, Cliff embarked on a new journey as an entrepreneur, by purchasing a café in Samford, embracing the community and its local flavours.

His passion for sustainability and agriculture led him to start another venture, Pachamama Regen Farms, focused on enhancing soil health.

This initiative reflects his commitment to regenerative agriculture, focusing on increasing soil carbon to enhance soil biology, boost land fertility, and to produce nutritious, great-tasting food.

Cliff and the Pachamama Regen team aim to demonstrate how regenerative practices, including the use of biochar, can revitalize both the agriculture industry and the environment.

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