Why don’t we relish our own bush tomatoes?
What role will native foods and botanicals have in producing sustainable food in Australia in the future? Our panel of key influencers and leaders will discuss how our food production and horticulture practises can adapt and progress with climate change, which native foods can be used in large-scale farming and how we can market native foods as a staple ingredient in both home and commercial kitchens.
This event is part of From the Ground Up: An Exploration of Food, Hospitality and Technology in Melbourne – a day of programming dedicated to understanding the role Melbourne plays in the wider conversation around food and innovation.
DR CHRIS WILLIAMS
Dr Chris Williams lectures in urban horticulture at the Burnley Campus of the University of Melbourne where he specialises in urban agriculture. Chris developed the Novel Crops Project in 2014 which works to bring new or unusual edible species into cultivation, with an emphasis on perennial plants of high aesthetic value and with links to migrant communities. Through the Novel Crops Project, Chris and his students have provided design and management advice as well as plant materials to organisations like FareShare, 3000 Acres and many local councils.
DR CHRISTINE PITT
Dr Pitt is the founder of Indigenous Food Connect and the CEO of the Food Futures Company, focused on creating a vibrant innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Australian agri-food and fibre sector and a unique ‘landing pad’ in Australia for local and global AgTech, FoodTech and Future Food entrepreneurs and investors.
Nikki Stefanoff is editor of Matters Journal. After spending 13 years editing and writing for newspapers and magazines in London, Nikki now uses her journalism background and love of a good chat to find powerful and meaningful stories to tell.
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