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The Growing Food project is a short documentary exploring Melbourne's local food movement and grassroots initiatives. Written & directed by Rasha Tayeh, the film highlights stories of people coming together to build local, fair and sustainable food systems.
The film will be launched at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) on Wednesday 20th Nov at 7pm.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with inspiring food activists, experts and thinkers — inviting viewers to discuss the benefits of supporting local food systems.
Rasha Tayeh: Growing Food project director, Melbourne-based nutritionist, food activist & artist. Rasha is involved in a range of food security & local food projects. Rasha has worked as a researcher & associate lecturer at Deakin University and most recently on various health promotion projects that focus on food security & food advocacy at Merri Community Health Services. She is the founder of the Moreland Food Gardens Network & a member of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Pamela Morgan: with extensive experience in urban agriculture & food security, Pam has worked in a range of settings both locally and internationally. Highlights in her work history include managing the Collingwood Childrens Farm through its establishment and development, six years working in the Cuban Urban Agriculture Program, working in local government as Project Officer for the VicHealth Food for All Program, and is currently managing the development of a food garden in her work at Merri Community Health Services.
Kirsten Larsen: has been investigating the ins & outs of all things food for around 7 years. Kirsten has been involved in implementing food policies at state and local governments. In her work at the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab she has focused technical & social innovations that bring healthy communities and ecosystems closer. Co-director of Eaterprises, a social enterprise that transforms the way food is distributed and exchanged.
Serenity Hill: Co-director of Eaterprises, Serenity is from a farming family in Warrenbayne in NE Victoria and is currently undertaking food systems research focused on the complex challenges facing farmers and opportunities for innovative response. She has extensive experience in policy development in Victorian state government related to climate change adaptation.
Mark Sanders: Co-founder of Moreland Community Gardening and Moreland Food Gardens Network, Mark got a taste for social gardening a few years ago. He then found himself along with his neighbours reviving a beautiful food forest in West Brunswick. Exposed to backyard fruit & veg growing by his parents from an early age - he was bound to end up gardening as much as he does! He leads a secret double life as an IT & web development manager.
Proceeds will be donated to the Community Meals Program at Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.
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