AFSA Solidarity Sessions

It is clearer than ever that it is time to transform our food systems and the economic models and loss of connection that created them to create a new normal that puts the health of planet and people over profit. The alternatives for transformative change already exist — degrowth, social solidarity economies, and collectivising for action.

Unlike growth-driven capitalist economies, solidarity economies are a commitment to community, to localised economies focused on mutual benefit, sufficiency for all, and frugal yet radical abundance for everyone. The legacy of the capitalist economy includes an increasingly fractured and transactional society, and AFSA is working to help connect people and organisations doing great work through our regular Solidarity Sessions online.

Solidarity economies value the labour of growers, makers, and thinkers. Solidarity privileges connectedness and relations — we value relationships over transactions.

Check back for more sessions as they are added. You can also keep up to date with new sessions on social media (links at the bottom of this page). If you have an idea for a Solidarity Session, drop us an email at admin@afsa.org.au.

Watch the Solidarity Sessions

SESSIONS 21 to 24

SESSION #24

FOOPL Perspectives: Young farmers and landowners

with Eliza Cannon, Borrowed Ground

This session is an open discussion on success stories, challenges and opportunities for FOOPL arrangements to provide experiential insights for young people, First Peoples as well as emerging and existing farmers to inform decision making when and if they have access to land.

During this session, we’ll hear from:

  • Karina Vennonen, Southern Harvest Association (SHA) and Patchwork Urban Farms
  • Karl Fitzgerald, Grounded – Community Land Trust Advocacy
  • Katie Finlay, Harcourt Organic Farming Co-operative
  • Simone Watts, Barrangunda Farm
  • Joyce Wilkie, Stepping Stone Farm
  • Fraser Bayley, Old Mill Road Bio-Farm
  • Murray Prior, Nguurruu Farm
  • Josh Williams, Tumpinyeri Growers

+ More FOOPL farmers and other folk involved in the sphere.

SESSION #23

A Legal Guide for AFSA Members

with Tammi Jonas

In response to ongoing legal challenges for small-scale food producers, AFSA’s Legal Team is in the process of building a Legal Guide for AFSA Members, as a resource for navigating common hurdles across all states and territories.

Whether you are encountering obstacles with planning provisions or food safety regulations, this Solidarity Session is an open invite to all small-scale farmers and producers, to provide input on the common challenges they face under legal frameworks.

SESSION #22

A Peoples’ Food Plan for farmers and eaters

with AFSA

During this session, we open up a discussion with farmers and eaters to tell us their thoughts and ideas for AFSA’s revised Peoples’ Food Plan (launching later this year!).

SESSION #21

Biodiversity on Farms Beyond the Shelterbelt

with Amy Pagett

This Solidarity Session shares wisdom from farmers who are embedding biodiversity at the heart of their practice. This session is hosted by AFSA National Committee member, Amy Pagett, an agroecological farmer raising heritage breed Berkshire pigs in forest at at Ethical Swine.

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