This week is Fair Food Week. I'm a bit late letting you know because it started on the 19th August and runs through to 25th August. Don't despair though! I notice that events will continue through until at least the 7th September.
There have been events held right across the country and I am personally amazed at how enthusiastically it has been embraced for a first time event! Obviously people are very passionate about this issue.
Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. Anybody with an interest in food security should familiarise themselves with this organisation and particularly with the People's Food Plan that they have put together to submit to our government. They are trying to ensure that our food needs and security are considered long term.
Many people I know are of a belief that being pushy about environmental care is not the way to go. They believe simply setting an example and hoping others can see the sense and fulfilment of such a lifestyle is the best way.
While I love the gentleness of this approach, I am probably in the pushy category. I'm a bit too passionate on the subject and keep talking lots and often on my thoughts. Still.... I think there is a happy medium. I guess I look back at the days when I cared about the environment but had no idea whether I could do anything about it, or where to find information or how to meet with like minded people.
Therefore, I've always wanted to get out there publicly and show the world the beauty, fun and passion involved in caring for our world. Still I never knew how to go about doing this.
When I saw an email talking about the upcoming Fair Food Week my brain ticked fast!!! Here it was! The idea I had been searching for. OF COURSE!! FOOD! That's how to show people about environmental goodness! I want to share good, healthy food with people I don't even know!!!
I rang a friend with an equal passion for food and the environment, and together we were off. With the backing of our environmental group we plotted and planned our event. Little did I know that this friend also had experience with organising conventions. Talk about a stroke of luck. She seamlessly organised the details and, if I do say so myself, our event was amazing!
I thought people around our area weren't interested in where our food comes from and the impacts it causes. I was wrong. If it hadn't have been for Fair Food Week I may never have found a reason to get out and shout from the rooftops about my love of good, real and fair food! Thank you Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance. What a great organisation to know.
I am so grateful to those who shared our vision and the generosity of those who donated veggies, seedlings, time, enthusiasm..... I think I live in a place where people will soon be coming out of the woodwork. Where people are keen to see change and will embrace connections and be happy to learn and grow. Every person who played a part in the day contributed to opening minds and hearts.
'Twas a great day, a personal success, motivating, inspiring and absolutely bloody exhausting! Life is good!