Almost 100 people turned up yesterday to the Edible Canterbury Hui.
This hui followed on from the inaugural gathering of September 2013 and a second one in March 2014, which together formed the Food Resilience Network and subsequently its action plan, Edible Canterbury.
The day featured Quebec-based farmer Stefan Sobkowiak of Miracle Farm, and James Samuel who spoke about Ooooby and the growth in Urban and Local food and next year’s Six Figure Farming tour – which Vicki Buck made a point of showing support for. They have been travelling the country on their Beyond Organic NZ tour sharing lessons learned in creating highly productive food systems, and inspired the audience to think differently about how growing space can best be used.
A special moment of the afternoon was the signing of the Edible Canterbury Charter, with Acting Mayor of Christchurch Vicki Buck speaking on behalf of the Christchurch City Council, who had voted unanimously in support of signing the Charter.
She was followed by representatives from nearly 20 other organisations and businesses who committed to working together collaboratively to realise the vision of a food resilient region.
The afternoon concluded with a workshop on the proposed Food Resilience Hub, which is the next priority in the Edible Canterbury Action Plan. Short talks from representatives from Agropolis Urban Farm, A Brave New City, Cultivate, Garden City 2.0 and the Biological Husbandry Unit, showed how their work could feed into the hub. Feedback from small breakout groups pointed to the need for the Hub to be on an accessible site (suburban possibly but preferably in the central city), of a size that was not only suitable for demonstrating different growing systems but also being highly productive, as well as educational.
Edible Canterbury will follow this workshop up with a more focussed session with those groups who have committed their time to working on a collaborative proposal to make this Hub a reality. For further information about Edible Canterbury, email email@example.com
Guest post by Matt Morris