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Explore growing and making practices from the ground up. Join us as we examine modern ideas and enduring practices that are being cultivated by local thinkers, makers and growers. Hear insights from artist Libby Harward, sustainable designer Clare Kennedy (Five Mile Radius), and war on waste farming duo Loop Growers as we look at the use and significance of our local resources.
About the speakers
Clare Kennedy is the founder of Five Mile Radius, an Australian Design Studio specialising in designing and building with locally sourced materials to create beautiful and meaningful buildings born of their place. Responding to the growing need to move away from globalised supply chains to more self-sufficient models, Five Mile Radius is working on a future where we can build using ethical resources from our own shores.
Libby Harward is a descendant of the Ngugi people of Quandamooka (Moreton Bay). A street artist and conceptual visual artist, Libby's work engages in continual re-calling – re-hearing – re-mapping – re-contextualising – de-colonising and re-instating on country that colonisation has denied. Libby's work seeks to uncover and reinstate the cultural significance of place, which always was, and remains there. Libby’s ongoing work Ngugi Bajara (Footsteps), in collaboration with Dr Glenda Nalder, explores the reciprocal relationship that First Nations Peoples have with plants.
Loop Growers is a closed loop market garden in the Samford Valley. Based on the idea that there is no waste in nature, Loop Growers partner with cafes, restaurants and breweries throughout Brisbane. They grow vegetables, supply these to local cafes and then collect the ‘yields’, such as scraps and coffee beans, and turn it into nutrient rich compost or feed for their worm farms. They also collect spent grain from breweries, wood shavings from cabinet makers and even hessian sacks – resources which would otherwise be going to land fill – supporting local food, thriving community and sustainability.