Nourishing a sustainable future
INCREASING fuel prices and potential catastrophic weather events caused by climate change are just two issues that could threaten local food supply says Guy Stewart, co-ordinator of the Nimbin Food Security Project.
Mr Stewart was among 70 people who attended a think tank on the weekend aimed at planning ahead to protect Nimbin's sustainable future.
The Towards a Sustainable Nimbin Community Forum was held in Nimbin's Town Hall on Saturday with participants discussing food security, energy, transport, local jobs and skills, health and well-being, social and political issues, arts and culture and housing.
The first forum of this kind was held in Nimbin in 2009 and from that food security emerged as a topic of major concern, and led to an innovative solution to protect one of the community's basic food needs – bread and flour.
“We are a very grain-dependant community and we identified at the last forum that if we got a grain mill that the community could use we would have a decreased dependence on imported bread,” Mr Stewart said.
In a few weeks time a 35kg Howos grain mill imported from Germany will be put to use with people being able to have their own grain milled at certain access points in the area, starting with the Blue Knob markets.
“We have also identified a local bio-dynamic grain producer and we'll be able to sell grain to people at the markets,” Mr Stewart said.
The grain mill project, along with the town's solar power farm generating 61,000kwH are two of the unique results of the community forums said Natalie Meyer, team leader at the Nimbin Neighbourhood Centre.
“Nimbin has a long history in sustainability and it's now our time to shine and lead the way for the rest of this region,” she said.