Ecotopia program 2012 conference

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Welcome to Sydney school and community gardeners
TIMES WHERE: Permaculture Interpretive Garden at Randwick Sustainability Education Hub
From
4:00pm
REGISTRATION open
Please note: this is a prepaid event, bookings can be made up to midnight Wednesday 10 October 2012
From
6:30pm
Welcome Organic BBQ to get us going

• welcome presentation from our favourite community and school garden guest—Costa Georgiadis
• join us in activities and a chance to catch up and reunite with old friends from around Australia, meet Roberto Perez, Seed Savers Network and the Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network team from around Australia
• yummy organic BBQ with local made organic sausages and with vegetarian option with a range of organic salads:
+ red cabbage, sesame & arame
+ potato, pumpkin, spinach, herbs and soy mayo salad
+ asian spinach & rice noodle
+ roast vegetable salad
+ mixed leaf, roquette & herb salad
(Salads from O-Organic Produce) BYO

MAIN PROGRAM…

Thursday 11 October 2012

Eco-topia is a gathering of school and community gardeners to share and network the great activities we are doing in our communities. [divider]We’d like everyone to be involved in some way in the program. So, even though you name isn’t programmed, that doesn’t prevent you from participating. You can still share, facilitate, make happen and request a discussion circle or hands-on workshop in our Open Space sessions. We have several break out spaces available in a cosy space under the trees.
7:30am—SIMPLE BREAKFAST on-site
TIMES MAIN HALL
7:45am REGISTRATION
8:50am GETTING SEATED
9:00am WELCOME
9:30am KEYNOTECosta Georgiadis—Growing food • transorming place • creating cultureCosta… you can’t miss him… he sort of stands out in a crowdBut it’s what the man says, what he represents that matters. And what matters is how he has become an ambassador of sorts for community and school gardening in Australia.
9:50am KEYNOTEDavid Engwicht—Creating great places in schools and community gardensThe art, science and practice of placemaking has all too often been absent when it comes to starting school or community gardens, however at Eco-topia we are fortunate to have noted placemaker, David Engwicht, here to fix that.Attend David’s keynote and workshop and you will leave with a head spinning with practical ideas on ways to make your new or existing community or school garden a true multiple-purpose venue that practically demonstrates its value to the surrounding community.
10:30am—MORNING TEA
Presentations
(inside rooms)
Hands-on workshop
(PIG garden)
Creative corner
(under trees)
 ROOMS Main hall east Main hall west Meeting Rm 3 BBQ area Pergola Performance space 6×3 marquee
 THEME Transforming place  Creating culture Growing food Growing food Transforming place Growing food Creating culture
 11:00am David Engwicht
Placemaking
Workshop
Open space Walter Jehne
Creating local food cultures & restoring community health
Open space Kat Szuminska
The role of community gardens in sustainable futures
Open space Open space
12:00noon David Engwicht
Placemaking
Workshop continued.
Liz Chapman
Cultivating community: social inclusion in community gardens
Mary O’Connell
Art in the Garden: creating
community & building links with others
Emma Daniell
10 ways to build soil
Open space Open space Open space
1:00pm—LUNCH  (tour at 1:30 with Steve Batley)
• Teriyaki tofu, roast pumpkin & chilli jam sonoma sandwich • roast beef, roquette, spiced tomato chutney sonoma sandwich
• Gluten free: roast vegie & tempeh wrap, mung bean falafel, cucumber & tzatziki wrap and chicken, tomato & avocado wrap)
2:00pm Russ Grayson
Footpath gardening: what we’ve learned
Sandra
Menteith & Tony Coyle
Seeding & sustaining
transition to community food growing
Craig
Duckmanton
Creating a quiet garden evolution in 3 easy steps
Jane Mowbray
Seed Saving the Planet
Jill Finnane
Chooks in garden: problem or opportunity?
Gavin Smith
A load of rubbish: urban bee-keeping, BSF, fabulous flies
Open space
3:00pm—AFTERNOON TEA
3:30pm Steve Batley
Steve’s Top 5 Tips for a thriving
community or school garden
Nick Mikhailovich
Down the garden path—social inclusion and community gardening in SE Australian cities.
Diane Watkin
Biodynamics
101
Hannah Moloney
Compost—heaving in earth
Jill Finnane
Chooks in garden: problem or opportunity?
Simon Dooley
Bio-char: biological charcoal
Open space
4:30pm MAIN HALL: WHOLE OF GROUP FACILITATED ACTIVITY
5:30pm Free time
6:30pm—DINNER (BYO)
• Moussaka, slow roasted eggplant, zucchini, tomato, potato & onions
• Salad: + Beetroot, cabbage, sultana, parsley, honey yoghurt dressing + Roasted vegetables, honey mustard dressing
(Catering from Agape Organic Restaurant)
7:30pm MAIN HALL: Open space night activities—bring your ideas. Do you have a film to show? Want to run a community garden Trivia night – we’re open to any great suggestions.
7:30pm: FILM—SEEDS OF FREEDOM (from The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network, narrated by Jeremy Irons) followed by discussion facilitated by Fiona Campbell and others
8:15pm: Russ Grayson in conversation with…
Roberto Perez and the Seed Savers Network Jude and Michel Fanton for a cafe conversation on the Cuban experience and what food sovereignty means.

Friday 12 October 2012

Eco-topia is a gathering of school and community gardeners to share and network the great activities we are doing in our communities. [divider]We’d like everyone to be involved in some way in the program. So, even though you name isn’t programmed, that doesn’t prevent you from participating. You can still share, facilitate, make happen and request a discussion circle or hands-on workshop in our Open Space sessions. We have several break out spaces available in a cosy space under the trees.
7:30am—SIMPLE BREAKFAST on-site
TIMES MAIN HALL
7:45am REGISTRATION
8:50am GETTING SEATED
9:00am WELCOME
9:15am KEYNOTESeed Savers’ Network—Seed to seed gardens.
Jude and Michel Fanton will explore what Seed Freedom is and we will have a chance to explore in small groups actions that school and community gardeners can take.
10:10am KEYNOTESeed Savers’ Network—How to start seed gardens in schools.
10:30am—MORNING TEA
Presentations (inside rooms) Hands-on workshop (PIG garden) Creative corner
(under trees)
 ROOMS Main hall east Main hall west Meeting Rm 3 BBQ area Pergola Performance space 6×3 marquee
 THEME Local government Schools Case studies Growing food Growing food Creating culture Creating culture
 11:00am Sarah Van Erp & JP Williamson
The Compost
Revolution:
taking it beyond the backyard.
Leonie
Shanahan
Edible School
Gardens — the living classroom
Miriam Pepper
Gardening on Church Land
Russ Grayson & Fiona Campbell
Social Design in starting Community Gardens
John Brisbin
Singing up the Australian Community Gardens Month
Open space Clay works
Using leaves to form dishes
12:00noon Judith Shulz
Parents & Childrens Edible Garden Program
Dan Deighton
Innovation happening in Wollongong
Schools
Steve Smith
Community Gardening from the Groundup
Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance
The Peoples Food Plan
Hannah Moloney
Permaculture and gardening
Open space Clay works
Using leaves to form dishes
1:00pm—LUNCH (tour at 1:30 with Steve Batley)
• Frittata, roasted pumpkin, caramelised onion, broccoli, spinach & feta
• Salad: + Potato, quinoa, mint, coriander, aioli & spring onion + Japanese broccoli, carrot, zucchini, rice quinoa noodle, miso sesame dressing
(Catering from Agape Organic Restaurant)
2:00pm Helen Morrison
Successfully gardening with your Local
Government
Kate Hubmayer
Garden art for primary school children
Jade Riddle
Potatoes & politics Adelaide community garden case studies
David
Winterton
Design thinking for community
gardens
Open space Open space Sketching seedpods
using charcoal & chalk pastels
3:00pm—AFTERNOON TEA
3:30pm Cathy Quinn
Taste Mobile Kitchen serves up community cohesion
Eve Clark
Ready set grow, more than a school garden
Michelle Carrick
Early childhood, school gardens & sustainability
Gavin Smith
A load of rubbish: urban bee-keeping, BSF, fabulous flies
Open space Open space Spring flowers and ink
using bamboo pens
4:30pm MAIN HALL: Creative community confab — the ACFCGN AGM — where to from here for the ACFCGN?
5:30pm Free time
6:30pm—DINNER  (BYO)
Celebratory dinner: organic gourmet pizza’s made to order in the Permaculture Interpretive Garden
(Catering from Pizza Chefs)
7:30pm CELEBRATION NIGHT WITH…7:15pm: REFLECTIONS:
Join Roberto PerezHannah Moloney—Tasmanian community food systems catalyst and Russ Grayson from the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance for our Reflections session—where to now for community gardens and the local food movement in Australia’s towns and cities.
8:15pm: Band – KooiiKooii are a band pushing boundaries in contemporary Australian music. Their compelling fusion of afrobeat, reggae and world rhythms, have earned them a glowing reputation, both on record and on stage. Their music brings together soulful vocals, three-part harmony and a deeply- set rhythm section in an ageless and familiar sound that echoes through city and country.Over the last eight years, Kooii have toured extensively throughout the Australia and New Zealand, gathering a devoted following along the way. Their travels have seen them on the big stage at festivals including Woodford, Reggaetown, Island Vibe and Kuranda Roots. They inspired and gathered a wide new audience at their recent performance at the Byron Bay Blues Festival.The group’s lead-singer and trumpet player, Peter Hunt, seeds most of their songs influencing their distinct feeling and message. Cultivating them is a circle of musicians whose individual creativity shines strong while a unity between them serves the creation of music that moves on many levels.On stage, Kooii deliver a dynamic live show made for dancing, delving from the hypnotic depths of reggae rhythms into the pulsating groove of Afrobeat via some Malian desert blues. The intrinsic understanding shared between these talented musicians allows for colourful and engaging improvisation. As a result, the music is free-flowing, uplifting, heart-warming and will leave you relishing every last drop.[divider]Kooii has made two albums “In This Life” (2010), a stunning album that follows their landmark debut “Beads On A String” (2005). They are soon to release an EP of recent recordings this coming Spring; another step in the evolution of this inspiring group of musicians.[divider]Visit Kooii

Sunday 14 October 2012

National community garden tours
You have a choice of four tours after the Gathering:

  • Tour 1: Eastern Suburbs
  • Tour 2: Wollongong area
  • Tour 3: Outer South West Sydney

[divider]These tours may be subject to change.[divider]Find our more about the tours

Program changes

The organisers reserve the right to make changes to the program and speakers, or to cancel sessions if enrolment criteria are not met or when conditions are out of their control.