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Join us for a fund-raising Indigenous themed, Fair Food Long Table Lunch, Guest Speakers, Games and Auctions at Contentious Character Wamboin

Treat yourself to:

  • Two courses of locally grown and produced food,
  • Matched with a glass of Contentious Character’s lovely cold climate wine,
  • Some of our region’s Fair Food heroes speaking about their food journeys,
  • An exciting auction for amazing locally crafted items,
  • Supporting Southern Harvest Association to assist our local farmers, producers and food industry.


* Menu subject to change with availability of local and seasonal  ingredients * special dietary requirements need to given at the time of booking * Additional wine and other beverages are available for purchase from the bar.


Guest Speakers

Charles Massy

Radical farmer and author Charles Massy presents his forensic analysis of how we farm and grow food. Due for publication in September 2017, his latest book Call of the Reed Warbler : A New Agriculture- A New Earth, is an urgent call to arms – the urgency stemming from the fact that Earth and its supporting systems is slipping into a totally new, dangerous and human-caused epoch – the Anthropocene. But there is hope. His ground-breaking book focuses on a new regenerative agriculture and tells the story of extraordinary and tangible solutions to this first-time ever, human caused crisis.

Call of the Reed Warbler will change the way we think of, how we farm and grow food. Exploring transformative and regenerative agriculture and the vital connection between our soil and our health, it documents how a grassroots revolution – a true underground insurgency – can save the planet, help turn climate change around, and build healthy people and healthy communities.

Using his personal experience as a touchstone – from an unknowing, chemical-using farmer with dead soils to a radical ecologist farmer carefully regenerating a 2000-hectare property to a state of natural health – Charles tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the global profit-obsessed corporations driving it. He shows – through evocative stories – how innovative farmers are finding a new way and interweaves his own local landscape, its seasons and biological richness. Charles’s work both as a farming practitioner and a scholar offers a tangible path forward for the future of our food supply, our Australian landscape and our earth.

Charles Massy gained a Bachelor of Science (Zoology, Human Ecology) at ANU (1976), before going farming for 35 years, developing the prominent Merino sheep stud ‘Severn Park’. Concern at ongoing land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led him to return to ANU in 2009 to undertake a PhD in Human Ecology. Charles was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service as Chair and Director of a number of research organisations and statutory wool boards.


Fiona McNeill

Fiona runs Bent Shed Produce, specialising in Australian native herbs and spices just outside Tarago, NSW.

She became interested in native foods in her 20s, leaving a legacy of plantings in rental properties across Melbourne and Sydney, before finally moving to Tarago 10 years ago.
Fiona is now developing a planting technique of bush regeneration, sustainability, permaculture, and horticultural systems that will suit the degraded soils and poor rainfall of the region. She is also aiming to establish a network of native produce growers throughout the area, to feed the increasing demand for native produce; a demand that currently outstrips the Australia-wide supply.
Fiona is excited by the possibilities of growing, sourcing, supplying, and cooking foods that deliver both flavour to the consumer and improved soils to the producer, and will cheerfully talk for hours about everything from growing techniques to flavour profiles and recipes.

Representative from Contentious Character

This event is being held as part of Fair Food Week 2017


75 available
Fair Food Long Table Lunch - Contentious Character, member/partner member$70.00

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75 available
Fair Food Long Table Lunch - Contentious Character$90.00

Please fill in all required fields