Tēnā koutou katoa,
We’re stepping into another season here on The Food Farm. Witnessed by the flowering tī kouka or cabbage tree, it’s a time to take stock of spring. Wind storms and late frosts have taken their toll, but small fruit hangs on tight. It reminds me of the whakatouki ‘Iti noa ana he pita mata’ - ‘There is potential in the smallest bud, hold hope'.
We wish you hope too, this season.
It’s been a busy few weeks for me, travelling and speaking. Highlights have been the Wao Summit in Wānaka, a community celebration of climate and environmental action. Rod Oram, Victoria Crockford and I launched ourselves into 2050, imagining a hopeful and inspiring future. And I was MC for the launch of Farmers Footprint in Aotearoa, a gathering of some of the greatest regenerative primary sector minds in this country, again incredibly hopeful stuff. As a family we also attended Nicole Masters Soil Resilience workshop at Craigmore Station, an event organised by Eat New Zealand friend and Soil Sister legend Fran Bailey. I also attended the gathering of Food Waste Champions in Tāmaki.
While the news doesn’t always reflect it, there are some wonderful grass roots movements working towards a better future for our natural world, and us as humans within it.
Please also take the time to read the beautiful story written by Kaitaki chef and writer, Lavi Small on the origin of Jaffas.
He toka tū moana,
Angela Clifford, CE Eat New Zealand.
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