Local Food Resilience, 4-part course – JULY-OCT 2020

DURATION:  One day monthly over 4 months, 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. 



Takaka: Sun 19 July, Sat 15 Aug, Sat 12 Sept, Sat 17 Oct

Nelson: Sun 26 July, Sat 22 Aug, Sat 19 Sept, Sun 25 Oct

Motueka: Sat 25 July, Sun 23 Aug, Sun 27 Sept, Sat 24 Oct 



WORKSHOP 1:  Takaka Sun 19 July, Nelson Sun 26 July, Motueka Sat 25 July

WORKSHOP 2:  Takaka Sat 15 Aug, Nelson Sat 22 Aug, Motueka Sun 23 Aug

WORKSHOP 3:  Takaka 12 Sept, Nelson Sat 19 Sept, Motueka Sun 27 Sept

WORKSHOP 4:  Takaka Sat 17 Oct, Motueka Sat 24 Oct, Nelson Sun 25 Oct


TUTOR: Robina McCurdy + guests



$50 registration for whole series + koha per each workshop attendance.  

Although each workshop builds on the previous one, it is not necessary to attend every workshop day in your area.  However, in this case there is no refund on full series rego fee. 

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

Final Date of Registration:  30 June 

Minimum No: 10 people, Maximum No: 20 






Workshop 1:  Laying Resilient Foundations 

* Dialoguing on 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 – neighbourhood, (b) organisation – bioregion

* Generating a Bioregional Food Inventory (Production & Distribution) together (3D model method)


Workshop 2:   Working with Nature’s Cycles

* Developing Bioregional Seasonal Calendars

* Creating your own Personal Seasonal Calendar

* Sourcing, multiplying and utilising nature’s resources wisely, for soil fertility building and wild harvest 

* Ensuring Seed Security – from home garden seedsaving to bioregional seed networks, seed libraries and seed banks

* Propagating neighbourhood heirloom nurseries 


Workshop 3:  Engaging the Whole Community 

* Identifying Local Food Systems Players

* Developing Partnerships for mutual benefit (eg council working alongside a community group to manage a public ‘Open Orchard’)

* Forming a bioregion-wide Wholistic Goal for food resilience

* Strengthening Community Food Production & Distribution Hubs (such as schools, community gardens, food banks, markets)

* Re-kindling local food Culture


Workshop 4:  Generating Local Food System Economies

* Strengthening Rural – Urban links (for value adding & product distribution nodes)

* Being aware of policies and regulations relevant to small scale producers

* Co-operatively setting up and managing food processing hubs 

* Identifying and inventing appropriate technologies and tools 

* Stimulating your household’s prosperity through developing ‘tradable food commodities’

* Innovatively building local food economies, using simulation games and strategic planning





At these workshops, we would like to take some photos and record some of the processes, for potential inclusion in the Food Sovereignty Facilitators Manual for which Earthcare Education Aotearoa has been gathering material over many years of running such workshops around NZ and globally. 

The aim is to have this manual published towards the end of this year.