Charlie’s guest for this episode is Tammi Jonas. From hunger strikes at university to becoming the president of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, Tammi Jonas has always fought for the rights of others. In this episode Charlie explores Tammi’s colourful history of advocacy and food production. She is a beacon of inspiration for anyone wanting to create their own self sufficient farming enterprise, as experienced by Charlie whilst visiting Tammi at Jonai Farms in country Victoria for this episode.
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Interview done at Jonai Farm in Victoria in her Belvedere- ‘room with a beautiful view’, which is nestled under a volcano! One of Tammi and Stuarts principles is using materials others think is waste to use on their farm, to feed their stock and grow their veggies | They began by producing for themselves and now, produce pork, beef and garlic to sell to clients | Jason from Teurong farm | Tammi was raised in Oregon California and had an awakening at university of ethics and animal welfare | Also an awakening to food and politics | Met Stuart in London after withdrawing from Uni. in US | She started eating meat again after suffering anemia with 3rd pregnancy | She realized she needed bioavailable iron from well raised meat | Joel Salatin inspired them to farm and start with pigs | Tammi was drawn to the country and Stuart wanted to leave the city | Learned the hard way to plan infrastructure first before bringing in animals | Better to be proactive than reactive | Stuart and Tammi share complimentary skills of hard science (Stuart) and life science (Tammi) | Tammi is stepping into the Indigenous food and culture space now and contributes to the Pay the Rent initiative | Tammi is a supporter for the importance of biodiversity in agriculture as an observer at the UN Convention of Biological Diversity | Agroecology favours labour over capital | State government should devolve and deregulate their powers in relation to local food systems | Charlie Massy is a mentor of Tammi’s | Tammi is a great supporter of on farm abattoirs.
Australian Food Sovereignty Network – Tammi is the network’s current President
Farming Democracy: Radically Transforming the Food System from the Ground Up – written by Tammi Jonas, Paula Fernandez Arias, Katarina Munksgaard
Teurong farm – farm in Vic, growing and milling ancient grains
https://paytherent.net.au/ – a NFP encouraging the payment of money back to the indigenous people. All ‘rent money’ is spent to directly benefit Indigenous people and communities.
Seeing Like a State’ – author James C Scott
Call of the Reed Warbler – author Charles Massy
Sand Talk – author Tyson Yunkaporta