Project: Food Sovereignty Town

Earlier this year I was approached by a sustainability officer at a large city council wanting to chat to me about the localisation of food production. He was keen on my work at The Foraging Commons and this blog, Reclaim the Curb. As the meeting was wrapping up he posed this question to me: What can councils do to faciliate this movement?

My answer: Get out of the way.

He laughed off my response, but I’m still deadly serious.

While this particular council doesn’t look like its giving away any control or attempting to remove any barriers any time soon, others are ..

Sedwig, Maine USA has become the first town to declare total food sovereignty opposing state and federal laws. The town has passed an ordinance that gives its citizens the right “to produce, sell, purchase, and consume local foods of their choosing,” regulations be damned. The ordinance includes raw milk, meats that are slaughtered locally, all produce and just about anything else you might imagine.

And what’s more, three additional towns in Maine are expected to take up similar ordinances soon…

I hope councils more local to me come on board with this type of thinking soon.

To read more about Sedwig, Maine’s outstanding example go over here and here.



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About Juliette

When Juliette was little, she came home from school and asked her mum in her little teary voice why the other kids at school didn’t like her. Her mum reassured her and said 'Don't worry Juliette, you're just different. That's all.' Since then, aware of her obvious difference to everyone else, Juliette is spending her time doing exactly what people wish to be doing – exactly what she wants. This blog is a celebration of taking a deep breath and just doing it. Currently Juliette can be found sipping tea and gardening somewhere in Central Victoria, Australia with her beloved and their excitable boys. She is also completing her PhD in Civic Agriculture and teaches at RMIT in Sustainable Consumption and Design Activism.

One thought on “Project: Food Sovereignty Town

  1. I think your council man sees the writing on the wall and he will in fact get out of your way in time. Keep up the great work. It is greatly appreciated. Cheers

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