Armidale Vegetable Sowing Guide
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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Workshop 21 July

Saturday, 21 Jul
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Hugh Williams is an Australian who farms biodynamically, and teaches & writes in the USA. He is currently in Australia and will be conducting both talks & on-farm workshops in four states, presenting a radical reappraisal of food distribution systems, as the world realigns itself economically and spiritually, addressing the need for quality over quantity.

He has been at the forefront of developing Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) over the past 20 years, and will be sharing this experience at a free public talk in Armidale.

About 20 years ago he took charge of some depleted & unproductive acres near Philmont in New York State. Farmers who wish to stay out of the supermarket culture need independent markets, and “Threshold Farm” now supplies fruit, vegetables, milk, cider, honey & other products into a thriving CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) network which Hugh helped establish in the area. It is often included in organised tours of sustainable farming practice in the USA.

What he brings – in addition to his knowledge of Biodynamics – is a good deal of experience in setting up & troubleshooting  alternative means of food production, and the all-important methods of how that produce is distributed into the community. He’ll address issues around New England seasonality & value adding, as they are important in the picture. CSA networks give the community certainty of fresh food supply beyond the major supermarket chains, & also offer consumers some involvement (if they are interested) in just how their food is grown.

So if  Armidale is interested in developing an independent organic fresh food system then having someone who has helped build several of them from the bottom up, as Hugh has, can offer stories & pointers & suggestions which should be very helpful.

Hugh Williams will be speaking on Saturday 21st July at 7pm at Kent House, Faulkner Street, (opposite Central Park). This is a free event. The meeting is hosted by The Soil Health Forum, and supported by Southern New England Landcare and Sustainable Living Armidale.

For any further information or questions, please contact Jill at info@slaati.org or phone (six seven) 78 4998.

 

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