Join the Sustainable Living Festival for a free screening of To Which We Belong at Loop Bar in Melbourne’s CBD.
You might have heard that regenerative agriculture is the next big tool in the fight against the climate crisis, but… what is it? And why is everyone suddenly talking about it as our next great hope? To Which We Belong highlights farmers and ranchers leaving behind conventional practices that are no longer profitable or sustainable and embracing Regenerative Agriculture.
The film will be preceded by the Australian Short Film about the Oakhill Food Justice Farm, which is a project of Sustain: The Australia Food Network.
OAKHILL FOOD JUSTICE FARM
In June 2021, the Melbourne Anglican Church, encouraged by the City of Darebin, granted a 2-year lease of its empty vicarage and garden at St Mary’s Church, Preston, to the national sustainable food systems organisation, Sustain: The Australian Food Network. The perspectives and images captured in the short film ‘Oakhill’ tell the story of the first part of the site’s transformation, from an abandoned and unloved space, into a centre for connection, education, and healthy food growing. While still in its early stages, the film offers a tantalising glimpse into what’s possible, not just at this site in Preston, but in thousands of others like it across the whole country.
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion with
Dr Kelly Donati, an ethnographer in gastronomy and agriculture. Kelly developed and currently lectures in Australia’s first Bachelor of Food Studies and Master of Food Systems and Gastronomy at William Angliss Institute and is the founding Chairperson of Sustain: the Australian Food Network, a not-for-profit organisation which undertakes food system policy work for local government and beyond. Her teaching and research are focused on the multispecies interactions of the food system. She has a particular interest in urban agriculture as a strategy for creating more edible cities. She loves composting almost as much as gardening and cooking.
Thuch Ajak is the project coordinator for the United African Farm. He holds a Bsc (Hons) in Agriculture majoring in Crop Protection. Before migrating to Australia in 2015, Thuch was working as a head of the Plant Protection department in the South Sudanese Ministry of Agriculture and also running an agricultural business which was delivering training, farm inputs among others, With his passion for farming, he volunteered at CERES in 2018 and work briefly at CERES Joe’s market garden. It was at this time he also connected to Farmers Incubator, met mama Queyea, and this relationship led to the formation of United African Farm in Longwarry in 2019. The United Farm African brought about 80 members from 10 different African countries together on a 1 acre piece of land. Thuch continues to play vital role in the project and he is currently working at Cardinia Shire Council as recovery officer pandemic response.
Event MC: Costa Georgiadis, landscape architect, environmental educator & TV host
Hosted by The Sustainable Living Festival, screening as part of The Transitions Film Festival (Feb 18 – March 13)
This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
LOOP PROJECT SPACE & BAR
Loop is a Melbourne institution and has been supporting emerging artists, musicians, and community since 2003. Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, Loop Project Space & Bar is a melting pot for emerging filmmakers, DJs and experimental musicians, designers, writers, progressive thinkers, social innovators, and environmental activists. Our venue offers large-format screens, the Void surround sound system, superlative AV facilities, and a licenced bar and kitchen menu – all cloaked within a lush green envelope of hanging baskets and indoor forest. More information: Loop Project Space & Bar