Redfern, Sydney, AUS
20 October 2017
The Youth Food Movement Australia is a food education project for young people: a national volunteer-led organisation that aims to build the skills, knowledge and experience that young people have around food, and empowering them to take those skills, knowledge and experiences out into the world and create the food system that they believe in.
They aim to achieve their tenets by building a generation of young Australians who can cook, read a label and understand the challenges facing farmers, and to know the basics of how food grows and how it reaches our plate.
The Youth Food Movement Australia provides a place – be that in pubs, in living rooms, on laptop screens – for information and skills to be exchanged and for learning to happen. They don’t believe in telling people what to do, but educating and arming young folks with the skills, knowledge and experience to make them ‘food literate’.
Their approach is based on the belief that peer-to-peer learning is the most powerful way to create change. They aim to make complex issues around food accessible, tangible and human. Above all, they create projects that appeal to young people’s sense of play with neither being prescriptive nor dogmatic in their approach.
YFM runs a slate of annual projects that their chapters roll out on the ground. Their projects tend to be handcrafted affairs that break down barriers between growers and eaters and build the food smarts of young Australians.
Heaps Cooked is one of the YFMA’s events framed in the context of an edible rooftop garden right near Redfern station, which offers workshops on seasonality, a grazing table with a spring menu, booze, the opportunity to help create an Australian seasonal foods calendar under the guidance of tattoo artist Sophia Baughan and a raffle, with the proceeds going to future projects.
Photo Credit: KAVV
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