Today you can listen to Podcast Episode #5: Impact Advocates: Home Grown Playground – promoting a sustainable future that explores the significance of circular urban agriculture and community inclusivity in addressing climate change and promoting sustainable urban living from the perspective of four Year 10 students at Alesco College who had participated in a 6 week program that facilitated student-led digital projects to address the issue of climate change.
Transforming Australia’s food production and waste management framework is vital for fostering a healthier environment for all forms of life. By nurturing a sustainable food system, we can efficiently address climate change, establish greener urban areas, and rejuvenate biodiversity, ultimately laying the groundwork for nature-positive outcomes.
Through the Impact Advocates program students visited Feedback Farm in Kurri Kurri, heard from guest speakers, and developed their own digital projects focused on circular food production, circular food waste, education, community, and social change.
Through the creation of this digital content, our educators guided students to explore circular urban agriculture and the role and influence of communities in our nation’s food system.
Students were briefed with three key themes to inspire their content:
- Harvesting hope for a greener future
- Growing together, sustaining communities
- From waste to plate: closing the loop
Through these themes students explored the potential of circular urban agriculture to combat climate change, emphasised the importance of community involvement in fostering resilient urban food systems and illustrated the concept of circularity by demonstrating how waste materials can be transformed into valuable resources within urban agriculture systems.
Students produced TikToks and infographics, with a small group of four students also producing a short podcast episode.
The podcast crew embraced the opportunity to get behind the mic and work collaboratively to develop questions for their episode which took the format of a group conversation where everyone took turns asking questions of each other. In addition to exploring the three key program themes, they also shared their personal experiences of the farm visit and homegrown gardening as well as the importance of healthy soil. They discussed how food scraps and organic waste can be turned into compost to enrich the soil and complete the sustainable food cycle.
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Feedback Organic’s Feedback Loop podcast channel is a space to explore how we’re growing food’s future together. We chat with changemakers about the value of circular food systems and converting local food waste into urban farm produce, the importance of connecting with the community and the gift of food.
This podcast is supported by the City of Newcastle.