Cultivating new ideas for healthier communities forum March 3rd

The Mayor of the City of Maribyrnong, Cr Sel Sanli, invites you to a food security forum

Date: Wednesday 3 March, 2010

Time: 11.30am – 2pm

Venue: Maidstone Community Centre, 21 Yardley

Street Maidstone (Mel Ref: 41, F1)

Maribyrnong City Council and VicHealth, as part of the ‘Maribyrnong Fruit & Veg for All’ program, will present an exciting forum food security issues. The forum will include practical information from three interesting and informative speakers and a delicious lunch from the woodfired oven.

This forum is designed for agencies and community groups that work with people who are prone to food insecurity. You will leave the forum with some new perspectives on how food security issues can be tackled. Speakers will discuss tried and tested methods of increasing food security in the community with long term solutions, provision of skills and access to resources.

Our speakers include:

Pablo Ermini: Visiting from Argentina where he works in a national program that addresses food security, funded by the Ministry of Social Development and INTA. He will describe how this program encourages people to grow their own food, provides site assessments, training, free packets of seeds and free chickens to raise for meat and eggs.

Neesh Wray: Local activist and the driving force behind many food based initiatives in the West, Neesh will discuss how food co-ops can be set up and the social and financial benefits to those involved.

Scott Hitchins: With many years of experience in community gardening and running community projects, Scott will speak about the success of the Planting Seeds Program. The successful program has led to the development of a fledgling ‘Community Nurseries’ project that hopes to provide support to potential home gardeners, and ‘Friends of…’ groups by tapping into the support of local gardening enthusiasts.

RSVP: To Jane Torney by Friday 26 February 2010 on 9688 0182 or