The Future of Local Food – Film and Talks

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Five short, sharp, snappy presentations are being prepared, to highlight local food projects and enterprises in the bio-region and beyond. Come, hear from and connect to some of the leaders in the field, and welcome Stefan Sobkowiak of the Permacuture Orchard Film. Stefan will show segments from the film and talk about the methods, the logic and the finances behind his diverse and productive orchard-based system.

This first major public event will be on Sunday the 15th in Matakana in the Matakana Village Hall. Originally we thought we would hold it at the Matakana Country Park – a big thanks to John Baker and the team there for that generous offer.

On reflection the local chose the larger Village Hall. This is one of those solid rural halls – capacity 200 – built when small, intensive agriculture was how we grew almost all of NZ’s food. In the spacious grounds of this well maintained hall is the local community garden. Inside there is room enough for tables of information and people to talk with about your project. This is a great place to begin the tour, given it’s proximity to Auckland, access to the North, it’s history, and the region’s growing population.

Full day tickets – $50

Half day tickets – $30

The Programme (10am – 4pm) – 15th March

10:00 Welcome Local Iwi
10.10 Introduction and Welcome to Stefan Sobkowiak James Samuel
10.25 Stefan, his story, permaculture orchard, a segment from the film Stefan Sobkowiak
12.15 Ooooby James Samuel
12.30 Lunch
1.15 The Rural Dilema – making the numbers work Mike Francis & James Andrews
1.45 Local Initiatives:  Matakana Greenswap, Matakana Community Garden and EcoFest Trish
2:00 Refreshment Break
2:15 Forgotten Fruits: Orchard Design and choosing the right trees Benji Woodman
2.30 Sustainable Habitats: Large scale settlements on productive land Daniel Tohill
3:00 Q&A Stefan Sobkowiak and others
4:00 Close


People to talk with about your project

  • Stefan with his books & DVDs
  • EcoFest:  Trish
  • James about Local Food
  • Benji about Orchard design and local trees
  • Daniel about Sustainable Habitats
  • There’ll be some Appropriate Technology on display too:
    • Jo & Bryan’s tools
    • Mike’s log splitter
    • James Andrews washing machine

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