Local Food Resilience workshop series – Spring 2020

DURATION:  Four days of workshops (Sept-Nov) in 3 locations: Takaka, Motueka, Nelson.

TIMES:  Start 9.30am, Finish 4.30pm



In this experiential workshop, Robina unpacks her innovative toolbox of comprehensive strategies which collectively enable community-scale food sovereignty.  Drawing on local issues and contexts, we will learn effective facilitation skills to build confidence in motivating and engaging our wider communities in generating local food prosperity. Participants will be exposed to a plethora of inspiring examples of local food initiatives from around Aotearoa/NZ, as they identify the strengths, weaknesses, gaps and opportunities of community food systems in their own area, and utilise these models to provide solutions. 



Excellent for people who are part of an organisation committed to local level sustainability in any form, as well as households wanting to reduce their dependence on the globalised food system. 



WORKSHOP 1 has been completed.



Nelson & Motueka Separate Workshops

Nelson: Sat 26 Sept – Location: A big homespace lounge in Hope

Motueka: Sun 27 Sept – Location: Riverside Community Centre

Takaka: Sun 18 Oct – Location: Mohua Community Services Centre


WORKSHOP 3 (Note: this is a 1 day workshop, not 2 days as originally
planned for)

TAKAKA:  Sat 24 October, 9am – 5pm; LOCATION: Mohua Community Services Centre

MOTUEKA:   Sat 14 November, 9am – 5pm; LOCATION: Riverside Community Centre, Moutere


Although each workshop builds on the previous one, it is not necessary to attend every workshop day in your area.



$50 per day per person. Includes handouts and teas. Pot-luck lunch.

Payable via paypal to earthcarenz@gmail.com, or Bank Account details and further details will be sent to you upon receiving your registration form.



Registration Form:  https://forms.gle/iwT9QKGq5kTMv4vu5

Enquiries:  Write to earthcarecommunity@gmail.com




Workshop 1: Laying Resilient Foundations

* Exploring why Food Resilience is essential for household and bioregional sustainability

* Defining some terms used (eg bioregion, food security, food resilience, food sovereignty, heirloom)

* Understanding the ‘Politics of Food’ (overview and key factors)

* Introducing the 12 Steps to Food Resilience (a) household to neighbourhood, (b) organisation to bioregion

* Using the ‘Map of Food Resilience’ to re-kindle local food culture


Workshop 2:   Creating Local Food Systems Networks to Engage the Whole


* Where we are within the Bioregional Food Sovereignty Web
* Strengthening Community Food Production & Distribution Hubs

* Forming a bioregion-wide Wholistic Goal for food resilience
* Identifying and Linking Local Food Systems Players

* Developing Partnerships & Alliances for mutual benefit
* Generating a Bioregional Food Inventory (Production & Distribution)
together (3D model method)


Workshop 3:  Working with Nature’s Cycles to Generate Local Food System

FACILITATORS: Robina McCurdy & Willy Cameron

* Ensuring Seed Security – from home garden seedsaving to bioregional
seed networks
* Developing Bioregional Seasonal Calendars & creating your own Personal
Seasonal Calendar

* Participatory permaculture design approach for school grounds and
other community land spaces
* Knowing about policies and regulations relevant to small scale
producers and co-operative endeavours

* Meeting the gaps in local production and ‘encouraging the growing
* Stimulating your household’s prosperity through developing ‘tradable
food commodities’
* Building innovative local food economies, using simulation games and
strategic planning