Convent Conversations: Food for Thought
This panel will tackle the big questions relating to how we produce and consume food today. Speakers will discuss food sovereignty, how to change consumption behaviours and whether sustainable and ethical food can really be accessible for all.
Miranda Sharp is the founder of the Melbourne Farmers' Markets, the not-for-profit group which includes the farmers' markets at Collingwood Children’s Farm and Abbotsford Convent. Melbourne Farmers' Markets is now the largest accredited farmers’ market group in Australia, and Miranda’s objective is to provide access and education to consumers about Victorian produce.
Tammi Jonas is a pastured pig and cattle farmer and meatsmith at Jonai Farms in the central highlands of Victoria, where along with her husband and three children she runs a thriving community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm with an on-farm retail butcher's shop. The Jonai run regular workshops on butchery, curing and sausage making, as well as producers workshops where they teach how to run an ethically-viable no-growth farm. Tammi is also the president of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, which aims to create an equitable, sustainable and resilient food system for all Australians.
Zainil Zainuddin is a researcher and scholar in local food and urban agriculture. She has been researching in the area of urban food system since 2011 and is currently pursuing her PhD at RMIT in sustainable and ethical food production and farming practices in Victoria. She was involved in the formulation of the Urban and Regional Food Declaration in Victorian and co-authored a report for the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance titled 'Fairness in Australia’s Food and Farming System — Farmer Perspective and Experience'.
Roslyn Grundy has been writing about food for more than two decades. She edited The Age newspaper’s influential food and wine section, 'Epicure', from 1994 to 1997, The Age 'Cheap Eats Guide' in 2002 and 2003, and is the current editor of Victoria’s restaurant industry bible, 'The Age Good Food Guide'. Roslyn contributes regularly to Fairfax publications, including goodfood.com.au, and has edited several books on food, art and design. When she’s not eating out for work, she’s eating out for fun.
Convent Conversations is a winter talks series presented by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation. Featuring a panel of speakers, audience members are invited to engage in important discussions about sustainability, politics, gender, health and more.