On this page we want to include data on the source and usage of food in the town and shire of Denmark. There can also be information on food production and distribution projects and innovations in the local area. Email TransitionDenmark@gmail.com to contribute.
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You are invited to our movie & soup Night
Movie “Transition 2.0” (details below)
Wednesday June 20th 6:30 Pm
at Denmark Ambulance Hall .


Movie preview
"In Transition 2.0 is an inspirational immersion in the Transition movement, gathering stories from around the world of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. You'll hear about communities printing their own money, growing food, localising their economies and setting up community power stations. It's an idea that has gone viral, a social experiment that is about responding to uncertain times with solutions and optimism. In a world of increasing uncertainty, here is a story of hope, ingenuity and the power of growing vegetables in unexpected places".


karen.andersson1@gmail.com



The Local Food Group are having a "Productive Gathering", our first "be the change you want to see" gathering for the year. All welcome to participate, we will be:
- Making a new Transition Town Sign to use at future events etc.
- Making preserves/pickles whatever out of excess produce
- Putting seeds into pots

We can all bring along some 'ingredients' towards the tasks listed above and everyone will get to go home with the fruits of their labour and start on their journey to transitioning to a more sustainable lifestyle.

Date Monday 19th March at 10.30am at 13 Kemsley Place, Denmark
CONTACT: Dawn Barrington dawnbarrington@optusnet.com.au 98482376 0466307817

Food Swap

Sunday 19 February 2012 10am to 12pm @ Sustainable Living Expo

At CSL


Bring along any edible excess - preserves, fruit, vegies, nuts,
seedlings, seeds - and recipes to swap with others... And stay for
a chat about future projects !

LOCAL FOOD

Inspiring the growing, eating and valuing of locally produce / own-grown food.


Why does it matter?
  • Food can take a lot of energy and other resources to produce and transport, and create a lot of pollution and greenhouse gas.
  • In some communities there are lots of places to buy unhealthy fast foods, but hardly anywhere to buy healthy, fresh produce. These communities are often poor, so it can hard for people in these areas to stay healthy and take care of their families the way they'd like to.
  • If all our food food comes to us from a long way away, what happens when the cost of fuel used to transport food goes up or fuel becomes harder to get? Where will we get our food?
  • Farmers and other producers often don't get fair prices for what they produce. How can we help?

What difference can local food make?
  • Growing some of our own food can help us all to look after ourselves, our families and our communities, even when money is scarce.
  • Food grown at home, in community gardens, or on small farms near where we live, using less oil and other resources, helps us reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and resource use.
  • Growing food near where we live helps us build resilient communities that aren't so affected by economic downturns, fuel and resource shortages, emergencies and other challenges, and are able to take care of themselves.
  • By buying our food from local producers, we can help keep our local economies strong, support local farmers and encourage and work with them to take care of the environment and build stronger, more connected communities.

see... http://www.communityharvest.org.au/


IDEAS ON KWOORABUP DENMARK LOCAL FOOD
Harvesting the collective genius of the community
· Ask Shire to provide a portion of all parkland in developments for use as allotment gardens for grocery food;
· Herbs grown in town/Shire gardens – edible produce;
· Eat less;
· Let's go slow food;
· Local produce only in shops – soon locals will fill gaps;
· Local currency emphasis on local food economy (+ L.E.T.s);
· Garden Sharing – seed savers networks;
· Food trees planted by council;
· No petunias in town – only plants that don't need water;
· Encourage people with large gardens that they are not cultivating to let “people” grow vegetables/fruit on it – these “people” possibly being employed under some scheme;
· Invite people to be on groups that organize vegie garden blitzes in peoples gardens – i.e set up beds, net fruit trees etc;
· Invite people to donate food they grow to a co-op, don't let it rot on trees or in the ground;
· Re-introduce local food market;
· Learn more about local bush tucker;
· Organic food;
· (Sketch: Community food gardens in front of Shire offices);
· Rest of the community garden (around hospital) – Fruit and Vege gardens – some communal, some rented plots. Note – Fruit and Nut trees need to be netted to protect from birds;
· Re-introduce weekly donation supper;
· Food trays – get shops to use (Denmark) re-cycle trays;
· Plastic bags – get shops to STOP or CHARGE;
· Council encouraged to give a few good community motivators, eg. Gardens, food presentations, to organize the use of land;
· Teaching children – compulsory teaching permaculture at Denmark Schools;
· Use fraction of golf course membership fees to fund establishment of permaculture food production @ the 5 hectare zone in a proposed plot(s) near the roadside approaches to the town centre;
· Turn community park into a food garden – allocate plots;
· Run workshops on food preservation, conserving, cooking, dehydration.
· Create weekly farmers markets.

World Cafe Community Brainstorm Sunday 22nd November 2009

"Food for Thought"


Here is the link for our ~30 minute local food movie "Food for Thought":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbdGOpdJODY
The movie is on YouTube in eight chapters - or you can purchase or borrow a copy from the Denmark Environment Centre (08) 98481644. Please enjoy and send the "Food for Thought" YouTube link to anyone you think might like it!


RECENT SCHOOL PROJECT - March-May 2011

Donald from Transition Kwoorabup Denmark, Tania from the Denmark Primary School Kitchen Garden and Mr Wrights Year 5 class are combining to add inspiration to local food.

The Year 5s are to be split into three streams of about 9 students and rotated through three Wednesday afternoons, March 30, April 6 and April 13. Each stream will take part in a different activity for the afternoon, either Food Growing, Food Preparation or Food Art.

Food Growing: Tania will have one stream in the beautiful Kitchen Garden.

Food Preparation:
1. Cooking with fruit – making jams and chutneys: with home-made bread - 30 March
2. Cooking with vegetables – vegetable pasta sauces - 6 April
3. Raw foods and wonderful herbs – salads and dressings - 13 April

Food Art:
Mr Wright’s Year 5s are invited to contribute to a community art effort called “Kwoorabup Foodscape” which will fill the Transition Lounge @ Denmark Arts' Brave New Works #18 Festival @ Easter. The Transition movement is about preparing our community for a time when cheap transport fuels are no more, and importing our foods is a very expensive option (and we have learnt to value local and own-grown foods more). We hope to have an integrated inspiration message about the joy of growing food locally, complementing a locally produced documentary, a bunch of giant pumpkins and food art displays from local artists and growers. As well as visual art, we would love to have lots of photos of kids enjoying growing and preparing and eating food.