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Nourishing Matters to Chew On is a podcast that takes its cue from big picture, healthy and sustainable food system agendas and digs in to explore what these change agendas mean for us here, in Australia. It looks at how we produce and enjoy food in a Climate Change future, as well as how we value the people, places and animals that nourish us.  

Join host Anthea Fawcett - sustainability advocate, founder of Foodswell and farmer’s daughter - as she journeys across our food and agricultural landscape to speak with inspiring people in the field who are enabling change toward more sustainable and resilient food system.

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Nourishing Matters to Chew On is a podcast that takes its cue from big picture, healthy and sustainable food system agendas and digs in to explore what these change agendas mean for us here, in Australia. It looks at how we produce and enjoy food in a Climate Change future, as well as how we value the people, places and animals that nourish us.  

Join host Anthea Fawcett - sustainability advocate, founder of Foodswell and farmer’s daughter - as she journeys across our food and agricultural landscape to speak with inspiring people in the field who are enabling change toward more sustainable and resilient food system.

    Prof. Nick Hopwood, SuCCEED & changing lives for children who tube feed

    Prof. Nick Hopwood, SuCCEED & changing lives for children who tube feed

    In this episode, listen in with Professor Nick Hopwood for an uplifting life-enriching conversation that’s all about tube-feeding and the heart-filled, ground-breaking work that he, colleagues and families involved in SuCCEED do.

    Imagine. Up to 30% of children experience feeding difficulties and as many as 1% of children are tube-fed at some point – but tube-feeding is an almost invisible yet vital issue in our health – and food - system. SuCCEED's interdisciplinary team and innovative approach is changing that:
    undertaking research to better understand 'who' delivers primary health care and,
    'what' best practice care looks like,
    along with data to better inform and drive change,
    and the incredible Childfeeding.org website and outreach events they've created to support parents and families whose children are tube-fed.  

    SuCCEED is the Supporting Children with Complex Feeding Difficulties (SuCCEED) Study Group.  It's is a unique collaboration between researchers, families and clinicians who are passionate about helping children with feeding difficulties and their families, and ChildFeeding.org has been produced by the families, clinicians and researchers of the Supporting Children with Complex Feeding Difficulties (SuCCEED) Study.

    Professor Nick Hopwood is a Professor of Professional Learning at UTS, and Co-Convenor of the Life-wide Learning and Education Research Group within the School of International Studies and Education. The SuCCEED initiative is supported by the Early Life Determinants of Health, Clinical Academic Group at Maridulu Budyaru and brings together families, academics and clinicians.

    For many babies, infants and parents, tube-feeding is a vital part of everyday life, it’s life-saving, and it can be life enabling, creative and joyful especially if supported by creative care practices and networks. Visit ChildFeeding.Org to learn more about:
    Our vision is a world where children with feeding difficulties thrive.
    Our mission is to help families celebrate and embrace mealtimes, however they choose to feed.

    "As the only evidence-based online resource by parents, for families of kids with complex feeding difficulties in Australia, this is the table where everyone is welcome. The SuCCEED Study and ChildFeeding.org are working for change, so that every family knows the simple joy of sharing a meal, and every child thrives".

    To support SuCCEED head to:https://tube-feeding.fundraising.uts.edu.au/

    SuCCEED on Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/succeedtubefeeding

    Recent Papers: 
    Hopwood, N. (2021). From response and adaptation to agency and contribution: Making the theory of practice architectures dangerous. Journal of Praxis in Higher Education, 3(1), 78-94. https://doi.org/10.47989/kpdc114 
    And the  The Blend –  a beautiful ‘big’ resource published  by Cardinal Health in 2022 that shares incredible personal stories of parents and kids who tube feed, lost of recipes, technical, health and nutrition tips. SuCCEED's arts program features in it too.  Visit: cardinalhealth.com.au/kangaroo

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    Acknowledgement: Image provided, with permission by SuCCEED

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    • 1 hr
    Ross Anderson, AQUNA Sustainable Murray Cod - inspiring, land-based aquaculture

    Ross Anderson, AQUNA Sustainable Murray Cod - inspiring, land-based aquaculture

    In this episode a great conversation with Ross Anderson, all about the truly inspiring story of AQUNA Sustainable Murray Cod and the premium, murray cod they produce for consumers, restaurants, international markets and leading chef's like Josh Niland. It's an uplifting, can-do story about business leadership and innovation, smart, passionate people and their commitment to sustainability that all adds up to a world first, all grown in regional NSW.

    I've long wanted to do a 'positive' story about aquaculture, especially given the impacts of large-scale industrial Tasmanian salmon production, the story Richard Flanagan tells in Toxic - The Rotting Underbelly of the Tasmanian Salmon Industry, pub 2021. Flanagan’s ‘Toxic’ is a heart and environmentally wrenching story, but it isn’t all bad news. In a webinar he presented about the issues, he shone light on where there's hope and great potential  – to expand, sustainable land based, vertically integrated, closed loop land based aquaculture.

    AQUNA is an award winning, land-based, producer of murray cod - one of the most ancient, delicious and highly revered fish, once prolific in the wild, listed as nationally threatened in 2003, and so special to First People's and Murray Darling basin ecosystems. During recent fish kills, the business supplied aerators to the Menindee Lakes and have released some 23 million murray cod fingerlings back into the Murray Darling river to help restore fish stocks and ecosystem health. Love it. 

    AQUNA is an industry leader internationally and in the local Griffith community and environment  – employing people in clever jobs, growing vertically integrated, circular-resource use production. Listen in and check out their website to learn more about their commitment to sustainability and whole-of-system innovation in this space. 

    Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod is listed as “GREEN” on the The Good Fish Guide. The Good Fish Guide, an app and website, is a sustainability initiative by the Australian Marine Conservation Society. The guide is an independent reference that helps chefs and consumers make informed decisions on the seafood they eat and serve.

    Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food producing industries in the world – a key and growing source of protein. According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, global aquaculture production rose 520% for the period 1990-2018 (FAO, 2020). Some 54% of seafood consumed worldwide is produced through aquaculture, but approximately 87% of seafood purchased in New South Wales is imported. So there are enormous domestic and export opportunities for sustainably produced, high quality fish and AQUNA are leading the way to do just that. 

    Bravo AQUNA and thank you Ross for such a great conversation (and for what you all do)!

    AQUNA's website @ aquna.com

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    • 54 min
    Matt Linnegar, CEO ARLF, on leadership and building community resilience

    Matt Linnegar, CEO ARLF, on leadership and building community resilience

    Leadership - highly desirable and topical! Listen in to my great conversation with Matt Linnegar, that's all about leadership and two very special drought resilience programs that he and the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation is delivering to support farmers and rural communities. Key, support, skills and networks for people, resilient communities and our food systems.

    Matt is the Chief Executive of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) who's passionate about the programs ARLF runs, the people he works with and supporting rural and regional communities.

    ARLF runs six programs and we chat about key leadership aptitudes common to all and then zoom in to talk about the Drought Resilience Leaders Development Program and the Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program that are current initiatives funded by the Future Drought Fund that ARLF deliver.

    Talking about building drought resilience while so many people have experienced the recent trauma of extreme floods and fire, back to back, might seem a bit odd. But the challenges of drought and how to help people to build the personal and community skills and networks for 'resilience'  to cope with more extreme, frequent events, is a big part of what leadership development is all about -  for drought, fire, floods and other disasters. Matt says leadership is a practice, not about individuals, and all about helping communities to plan for challenges and to bounce back better. 

    ARLF has over 1800 alumni, across Australia, some 18% of whom are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (check out the amazing Milparanga Leadership program on the ARLF site!) and already 12 regions and some 500 people across Australia have joined and benefitted from the Drought Resilience Leaders and the Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring programs. 

    And as we spoke good news - the programs are to be funded to continue and roll out the programs across more regions and for more mentors and mentees across Australia, so look out for news - or visit the ARLF site - learn more and get involved. 

    Thanks Matt!

    ARLF Website:   https://rural-leaders.org.au/

    Social Media and other links: 

    https://www.instagram.com/ruralleaders_au/

    https://twitter.com/ARLFNews

    https://www.facebook.com/australianruralleadershipfoundation/

    https://www.linkedin.com/company/australian-rural-leadership-foundation/

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUDTa4-jm5BAh4stQk5cyRQ

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    • 48 min
    Erica Hughes on growing Farmer Meets Foodie in FNQ

    Erica Hughes on growing Farmer Meets Foodie in FNQ

    If you missed this popular Ep from season one, April '21, Listen Back to Erica's great story about why and how she went about creating Farmer Meets Foodie in far north Queensland. 

    Imagine if great food from your region had to travel over 3000 kilometres from where it’s picked to land back in your local grocery store, 10 kilometres from where it was grown and picked?!  That’s a reality for a lot of top end producers and communities. 

    Listen and be inspired by Erica Hughes and the wonderful Farmer Meets Foodie virtual farmers marketplace and food connections that she and her family are growing at Mt Molloy on the Atherton Tableland, North Queensland, to change that story for the better.  

    Across the country there’s a rapidly growing appetite and demand for more local, regional and seasonal food. Food that’s produced ethically, sustainably, that’s fresh, good for people and for the environment and that adds value in interconnected ways across the value chain from ‘paddock to plate’. Whether it’s to reduce food miles, improve food choices and affordability, or to help local producers, communities and economies to regenerate and recover from times of drought and more, or for consumers to access food more safely, online during times like COVID.  

    Knowing your foods provenance – where it comes from - and then having the ability to choose and act on that knowledge is really powerful. Farmer Meets Foodie gives people the power to make and drive those choices - via a platform that producers go to directly connect and transact with commercial food businesses and other consumers in their region in practical, change-making ways . And there’s more….great services and Meet & Greet events. It’s inspiring! 

    Listen in to enjoy this lovely conversation with Erica (and Zoro the rooster and Umbra the dawg) to hear and learn more – to join their marketplace, get ideas and tips about how you and your community can get more local and regional food on the table, and support producers to be better recognised and rewarded for what they do. Love it.

    To learn more, register and join the FARMER MEETS FOODIE MARKETPLACE go to:

    www.farmermeetsfoodie.com.au

    Facebook http://facebook.com/farmermeetsfoodie

    Twitter http://twitter.com/farmermetfoodie

    Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/erica-hughes-blumson-20677770/

    Instagram http://instagram.com/farmermeetsfoodie

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    • 55 min
    An update with Erica - Farmer Meets Foodie, FNQ online farmers market

    An update with Erica - Farmer Meets Foodie, FNQ online farmers market

    One year on from my first conversation with Erica in April 2021, I catch up with Erica to chat and hear about how things are travelling, growing and going, in and around Mt Molloy, the tablelands and Cairns, and for the very special, regionally based virtual farmers market Farmer Meets Foodie that Erica created and operates with her family and colleagues. 

    We chat about hospitality and tourism, is it bouncing back and what will it look like going forward? labour shortages, delicious organic seconds, COVID lockdowns and border closures, fuel prices and more.  So much has happened since we last spoke and it's been challenging times, but Farmer Meets Foodie has grown and is investing in its future plans.

    Erica is a farmer, educator and former NRM practitioner in Queensland's Gulf Country. She is the founder of Farmer Meets Foodie that is very special online virtual farmers market, supported by clever local events and other support that nurture business-business, farmer-consumer, community and business development links and connections.  

    The Open Food Network celebrates 10 years this month. Their gamechanging online market and distribution platform and networks, along with many local and regional farmers markets, networks and hubs are growing across the country and Farmer Meets Foodie and Erica are an inspirational part of the local and regional food innovation national scene who support farmers and consumers to connect n far north Queensland.

    Bravo Erica - great to catch up with you! 

    To learn more, register and join the FARMER MEETS FOODIE go to:

    www.farmermeetsfoodie.com.au

    Facebook http://facebook.com/farmermeetsfoodie

    Twitter http://twitter.com/farmermetfoodie

    Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/erica-hughes-blumson-20677770/

    Instagram http://instagram.com/farmermeetsfoodie

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    • 17 min
    Alex McClean on his work in East Timor, Central Australia & the Pacific - food security, ecosystem restoration, permaculture & change in extreme times

    Alex McClean on his work in East Timor, Central Australia & the Pacific - food security, ecosystem restoration, permaculture & change in extreme times

    A great conversation with Alex about his experiences, reflections and the perspectives he brings to his work that’s all about people centred development for community and ecosystems resilience, livelihoods and food security in a changing climate. Alex has deep experience in community development and working with Indigenous people in East Timor, Central Australia and now with island communities in the Pacific.

    We kick off with the idea of the ‘island’ and that we’re all (pretty much) islanders now given the increasingly uncertain, volatile waters of climate change we all face but that especially pose direct, immediate challenges to island people and communities. Our conversation ranges across Alex’s diverse and oft overlapping community development experiences and zooms in on the contrasting and sometimes very similar food security challenges faced by many of the people and communities Alex has worked with in tropical, arid and temperate remote and island locations. 

    We talk:
    Colonialism and its legacies, past and present…
    community development work and how it is approached ‘differently’ here and overseas in the Pacific and elsewhere
    food security and climate change in central Australia 
    carbon markets, climate change work to support Indigenous land and island owners to build more resilient livelihoods and help protect and restore ecosystems 
    …and we talk about the changing face and place of permaculture, pushbacks, changing perspectives and reflective conversations underway…  

    Alex McClean has worked in community development, food security, sustainable livelihoods, natural resource management and climate change across the Asia-Pacific region and remote Central Australia for 15 years. He is an experienced field level practitioner, having worked with numerous communities and community based organisations on strengthening the mutual ties between access to land, natural resources and viable livelihoods. Alex established Arid Edge Environmental Services in 2013, the social enterprise arm of the Arid Lands Environment Centre in Alice Springs. He currently works for Nakau on forest carbon projects with customary landowners in the pacific. 

    Alex lives in Alice Springs with his family and still enjoys pottering in the veggie patch. Last years pomegranate crop was particularly satisfying. 

    Learn more about Nakau and the great work they do @ nakau.org 

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    • 1 hr 11 min

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