Celebrating fair food week 201804 Oct 2018
Fair Food Week 2018 is an Australia wide event promoting community food activities and healthy eating social enterprise in support fair food. Let’s celebrate the achievements of community, endeavouring to promote ethical and sustainable food practice.
The occasion empowers communities to have a voice about their food, to network, share ideas and collaborate. Generating conversation towards developing innovative ways to grow and share food which is affordable, accessible, healthy and sustainable for future generations.
It is an excellent opportunity to reflect how we as a community collect, source and share food. To educate ourselves and others how our food choices and the food system impacts farmers and the environment. For some of us, it might be a chance to set personal goals to reduce food waste, eat healthier or support local food business. For others, it’s an opportunity to share personal stories, create new experiences and build new relationships with food. To me, fair food is about health and wellbeing. It’s about community, sharing and learning about food, the health benefits and understanding how it is grown.
My fair food journey started roughly 6 months ago, physical and emotional symptoms were concerning and disrupting my daily life. I decided to join a local community garden after reading about the health benefits. I read articles about people who had access to community gardens and showed marked improvements in their health, gaining a better knowledge of food. They were more likely to consume vegetables and less likely to be overweight. They had higher levels of food literacy and improved ability to make more informed choices around food.
Within weeks of joining the garden I had increased the vegetables in my diet, I had more energy and generally felt better. The garden is where I’m active and get outdoors. In the short time I’ve been a member I’ve made new friends, learnt about growing plants, discovered new recipes and have a new appreciation of the effort it takes to produce food. Unlike supermarkets where the relationship between the food producer and consumer is severed, community gardens enable an understanding of how food is produced.
Community gardens are not just places to grow food, they are social spaces where people share ideas, recipes and learn from each other. They are places away from home and work and serve as an informal, though important, mechanism of social cohesion and combating loneliness, stress and depression.
For me, time at the community garden is time to unwind and relax. Whether turning over the compost, planting seeds or having a tea / glass of wine at the end of the day, I think everyone should find time to join a community garden. It’s a great way to stay healthy and help the environment.
Thomas Stjepanovic - Fair Food Forager / UOW intern
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