UK recipes for success ready to be shared across the country

As Tanya mentioned a few blog posts back, AFHN and a host of food growers/distributors/eaters/doers/social enterprisers/thinkers across the country are getting pretty darn excited about Chris Walsh’s upcoming visit. Why?


Chris Walsh. Photo: Kindling Trust

Chris Walsh. Photo: Kindling Trust

He is touching down on our shores for a month of talks, workshops, discussions, farm visits and knowledge sharing across the east coast (dates and venues below). The inherently local, context specific, nature of what AFHN is working towards means that Chris wont be bringing over a magic recipe book which tells us the exact quantities and measurements needed to develop flourishing and nourishing food systems. Instead, he will bring a metaphorical basket of essential ingredients, and share with us experience and reflections on how they have worked successfully together, or not. You’ll hear directly from him in a blog post soon, but we think he’s a humble yet inspiring public speaker, equally at home throwing ideas and wisdom around in a farm paddock, or talking to hundreds of souls in a packed city auditorium.

He understands the importance of relationships in establishing viable social enterprises. And he’s a dab hand at doing that too: For the last 7 years he’s been a committed pioneer of the Kindling Trust. He has been integral in setting up: FeedingManchester (a network of over 400 sustainable food practitioners); the Greater Manchester Land Army (providing volunteer support to local organic farms at critical times); an incubator farm for new commercial organic growers; and Manchester Veg People, a co-operative of local organic growers and restaurants working together to provide fresh, seasonal food to Greater Manchester. Just last fortnight Manchester was recognised as a Sustainable Food City, meaning the powerful and transformative work that he and the Kindling Trust team do is officially acknowledged.

With the financial support of the Victorian Eco Innovation Lab at the University of Melbourne and the British Council, Chris will be visiting the cities and towns listed below, and sharing with them his knowledge in developing sustainable, viable, fair and resilient local food systems. The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals have also been very supportive in getting Chris far and wide around the country;  here’s a recent post of theirs about his tour. We offer them many thanks for their support of Chris’ visit!


(Last updated 17th November)

Tuesday 19/11: South East Food Hub Forum
Venue: Old Cheese Factory, Berwick; 4-7pm.
More info: Tanya Massy, VEIL Project Officer:; 0409 737 029

Thursday 21/11: Melbourne Public Forum and networking drinks
Hosted in conjunction with The Food Alliance, Deakin University and City of Melbourne. The Drill Hall, 26 Therry St Melbourne 5.30-7.30pm.
More info: Kathy McConell, Food Alliance Coordinator:, ph.9244 3802, 0403 010

Friday 22/11: Agribusiness Gippsland Christmas Business Lunch
Two course lunch $50. Grand Ridge Brewery, Main St Mirboo North, 11.30-2pm.
More info:; bookings: 5668 2222

Sunday 24/11: The Food Garden’s 13 year celebration,
14-16 Mostyn Street Castlemaine 6.30pm. More info:

Monday 25/11: Food For Thought Dinner and Discussion
6pm-8pm Phee Broadway Theatre, Castlemaine. Tickets $10 including dinner by CAKE, bookings essential:

Tuesday 26/11: An evening workshop and talk with GV Food Co-op members and friends
6.30-9.30pm Noble Monks, 120-126 Maude St Shepparton. $20 p.person, includes a glass of GV Co-op cider and fingerfood. Drinks at bar prices. Invitation to join us at the Noble Monks
RSVP by 21/11 to Will Dalgliesh: 0427 743 166,

Thursday 28/11: Outside the Square Forum
The Old Church on the Hill’ Community Hall, Cnr Harkness & Russell Streets, Quarry Hill Bendigo, 7-9pm. $10 to cover costs, tea and coffee provided. More info here or contact Jen Alden:

Saturday 30/11: IGNITION: A conversation with Chris Walsh and local guests
Hosted by the Trentham Food Hub. 6-9.30 pm Red Beard bakery, High St, Trentham. Register here.

Monday 2 – Wednesday 4/12: Presenting in the theme ‘Food Hubs’ –distributing food sustainably, connecting communities,  redistributing power to local and regional economies’
At the XX Agri-Food Conference, University of Melbourne. More info and registration for the conference here.

Friday 13/12: Panellist at the Sustainable Food Systems and Social Enterprise forum
Hosted by Social Traders and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. 10-12.30pm, Australian Environmental Grant Makers Network, 39 Little Collins St, Melbourne. More info:

In addition to these events Chris will be talking at selected schools in regional Victoria, inspiring our next generation of growers and eaters.


(Last updated 28 November)

Friday 6/12: Keeping Our Food Local Forum
Chris as keynote speaker. Hosted by Clarence Valley Council, Grafton. 9-3pm, Terrace Restaurant, Grafton TAFE. $20 p.person includes morning tea and lunch. Keep Our Food Local Program
RSVP: Rodney Wright, Clarence Valley Council:, 02) 6645 0265; 0417 779 806.

Tuesday 10/12: People Powered Food: public forum
Newtown Town Hall, Hosted by Alfalfa House Co-op and Business Council of Cooperatives and Mutuals, 7pm,  Newtown.
More info: Flyer, Facebook or contact: Sam Byrne, Alfalfa House Community Food Co-operative, Enmore, Sydney (, 0408 231 509

Wednesday 11/12: Farm to Fork: Exploring the role of co-ops linking growers and consumers
Hosted by the Blue Mountains Food Co-op. Blue Mountains Food Co-op, 7-9 pm, Katoomba Senior Citizens Lounge, Civic Centre, Katoomba. Flyer for Chris in Katoomba, more info contact:


(last updated 28th November)

Monday 9/12:  Feeding Regional Futures talk
Hosted by The Red Place and Food Connect Brisbane. $25 p.person, live streaming $25 p. venue. The Red Place, 99 Bloomfield St, Cleveland, Redland City. More info in this flyer and RSVP link here.

Action packed!

I’m excited just thinking about all of the knowledge sharing that’s going to be cultivated by this visit over the coming month. I hope you can get along to participate in an event near you. If not, Chris will be sharing some of his reflections and experiences during his stay here,  so be sure to stop by the blog regularly for updates.



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