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Is there a difference between urban and rural food production and consumption?

When we live in one or other of these areas we might take for granted how we view the availability and provision of the food we consume.  30 years ago food didn’t travel the miles it does today - have we forgotten what its like to prepare, eat and enjoy locally produced food that is in season?

If you live in an urban community try visiting or talking to people you know in rural areas - what are the differences in the way food is consumed (and vice versa)?  If you’ve moved from the city to a rural area or rural to urban - what do you miss in your food experiences?  Try talking to parents, grandparents or other elderly people you know.  What inspires you about the way we used to view food production and consumption?  Are there any other connections between local communities that are not food related but could provide useful insights?  Take photos, sketch out maps or diagrams of inspiring connections, tell us stories of how communities come together around food.

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A rule of thumb where families endeavour to only consume food that can be sourced within a three mile radius

A rule of thumb where families endeavour to only consume food that can be sourced within a three mile radius

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A local food social enterprise which bypasses central markets and middlemen connecting city folk directly to farmers. Each week over 1000 subscribers pick up their box of produce from their City Cousin, one of 70 around Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

A local food social enterprise which bypasses central markets and middlemen connecting city folk directly to farmers. Each week over 1000 subscribers pick up their box of produce from their City Cousin, one of 70 around Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

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The divide between farmer and consumer is widened when government subsidies favor large corporate farm businesses and mono-cropping. The excess produced is shipped around the world, reducing the ability of small, unsubsidized farmers to survive.

The divide between farmer and consumer is widened when government subsidies favor large corporate farm businesses and mono-cropping. The excess produced is shipped around the world, reducing the ability of small, unsubsidized farmers to survive.

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The individuals and communities that grow and harvest these fruits and vegetables are rich with stories. Share these faces, names and stories with the consumer.  Have students be the authors with internet forums to foster the connection.

The individuals and communities that grow and harvest these fruits and vegetables are rich with stories. Share these faces, names and stories with the consumer. Have students be the authors with internet forums to foster the connection.

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Students in urban areas can take virtual field trips to farmers in rural areas in order to gain more understanding of where and how their food is grown.

Students in urban areas can take virtual field trips to farmers in rural areas in order to gain more understanding of where and how their food is grown.

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Farmers’ markets are growing exponentially. But many farmers and chefs still seem to struggle to find each other and work together. Looking at bridging the gap between farmers and chef's in the means of 'speed dating'

Farmers’ markets are growing exponentially. But many farmers and chefs still seem to struggle to find each other and work together. Looking at bridging the gap between farmers and chef's in the means of 'speed dating'

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Vasili’s Garden explores the secret world of migrant Australia, entering people’s lives through the garden gate and exploring their gardening obsessions and culinary delights.

No wonder these people live to 100!!

Vasili’s Garden explores the secret world of migrant Australia, entering people’s lives through the garden gate and exploring their gardening obsessions and culinary delights. No wonder these people live to 100!!

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One man goes above and beyond to bring a free farmer's market to a park in the Mission district of San Francisco, and it's blossomed into a true community event.

One man goes above and beyond to bring a free farmer's market to a park in the Mission district of San Francisco, and it's blossomed into a true community event.

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Workshops (Boot Camps) for local farmers on a variety of topics including branding & marketing, distribution & logistics, and setting up a growers association or collective. Connect and co-create with regional farmers to organize a united front.

Workshops (Boot Camps) for local farmers on a variety of topics including branding & marketing, distribution & logistics, and setting up a growers association or collective. Connect and co-create with regional farmers to organize a united front.

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Grocery stores have started featuring organic foods, but after reading "Animal Vegetable Mineral" I started trying to find local, seasonal produce. After moving to New York I was happy to see that FreshDirect (a grocery delivery service) does that.

Grocery stores have started featuring organic foods, but after reading "Animal Vegetable Mineral" I started trying to find local, seasonal produce. After moving to New York I was happy to see that FreshDirect (a grocery delivery service) does that.

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