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TEDx Carrot suitcase followup…

May 24, 2013 | Farming, Gardening, Grow It, Market Garden | 7 comments | Author:

Following up on to town, with a suitcase full of carrots, we thought you might like to see the video that was made about the TEDxSydney Crowd Farming project.

This rather crazy project (though it doesn’t seem that crazy if you know Jess Miller) aimed to source as much of the catering food for TEDxSydney 2013 as it could from the local food shed… 

Whether the Crowd Farming project did or did not source all the food needed for TEDxSydney 2013 is far from defined, but that’s not actually the point – good food was eaten by all, much of it crowd-sourced. It also throws up a bunch of worthy questions (all of them currently unanswered) about how to feed a city of 5 million with a local food shed. We have work to do people. Get growing.

I had a great time at TEDx.

  • I met Matt of Hands Lane (super excellent artisan pickles and jams)
  • Ranted extensively with Laura from Feather and Bone (passionate ethical meat suppliers)
  • Caught up briefly with the lovely Rachel from Racket (inspiring artists who incidentally designed the Milkwood Permaculture logo)
  • Planned a weeds dinner with David Holmgren talking weeds and wild nature with Kate from Real Food Projects (providers of awesome pop-up local food initiatives).

But my favourite bit of TEDx was Omar Musa, for reminding me. It’s easy to think life is all seasonal cycles and dam levels and bee colony health and student learning outcomes, when you live that.

>> More posts about growing nutrient-dense food on a community scale



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  • Linda May 24, 2013 at 6:33 am | Reply

    Powerful! And, as you say, far removed from my daily life. It’s good to be reminded.


  • Urban GreenSpace May 24, 2013 at 7:51 am | Reply

    Did you find out what they did with the carrots ?

    Steven Willis


    1. milkwoodkirsten May 24, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply

      I do know one person who got a purple carrot in their lunch… given that there were 2,200 peeps there and all those different food stations i’m not at all surprised i didn’t see them tho…


  • Astrid May 24, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Reply

    Would have been good to also have some pics of the food that was produced… such an inspiring story.. have been sharing it with my Local Permie group..


  • Kate May 25, 2013 at 8:20 am | Reply

    Kirsten, They were a key bit of all the veggie boxes given out at lunch- I certainly had a few in my delicious box! And I supplied snow peas- in a bag with a whole bunch of pimentos. When I recongnised those on a platter in the evening- the chef getting it all ready said to me ‘oh- are you the lady that put them in with a handful of snow peas’. Such a small thing- but made me blush with pride that he remembered my small offering in such specifics. I think from memory 70% of the food was crowd farmed. A really profound gesture to me as one of the organising team of the event and as an attendee and a small scale backyard farmer. Ten thumbs up to the amazing jess and jill for pulling it off.


    1. milkwoodkirsten May 25, 2013 at 11:09 am | Reply

      Really? How awesome. And yes, a profound gesture indeed. Such a beautiful initiative it was :)


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