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Brisbane Food Exchange

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The Brisbane Food Exchange is essentially a small community driven operation I have designed in order to respond to and join in on Food Democracy. The program has been designed in response to my own personal neighbourhood (a street situated in the busy Australian city of Brisbane). I have created this program in efforts to get my local community to return to home grown produce by setting up their own small edible gardens. From here my neighbours and I would hold a small ‘street market’ once a month to swap or exchange our produce. This would be beneficial for example if I had too many pumpkins and my neighbour for example had too many potatoes, we could easily exchange one for the other.


Project details

Author(s):Teagan Markey




How does project benefit the client (if there is a client)?
This project benefits the client as they will be receiving food that is nutrient rich, has low food miles, they know exactly where the food has come from and they can interact and understand the process of food growing.

How does project benefit the people you are speaking to with your communication?
This project would benefit the community as they would be receiving produce that is much more nutrient rich as it has not travelled any distance before being placed on the plate. Its also beneficial as people would know when their food has come from, how it was grown and be able to integrate with the growing process of their food.

How does project benefit the wider society?
Similarly to above, the wider community will be effected beneficially by my project as I am hoping this process will ‘catch on’ and other streets, suburbs or communities around me will start doing a similar process where they swap their home grown produce between their family and friends and eventually I wish this project will allow Brisbane to become a place that is self sufficient when it comes to fruit, vegetables and herbs. Fish and Poultry is also a topic I wish to add to the project but currently I feel that the vegetables and fruit and the nutritional content within those items of food need to be tackled and understood before we can venture into making the produce of our meat and fish industries more sustainable.

How did/does this project benefit author (authors/makers of the project)?
I think this project has effected my buying habits, my eating and habits and also effected those around me as I spread word of food democracy.

Tell us something about your view on communication. What is your / your organisation's / initiative's (visual) communication philosophy?
I believe that communication can come in many formats, and that every single person has an element of creativity within them. Whether that be creativity with numbers, or creativity with more visual matter like art and design. I think that creativity needs to be thought about and understood before it is expressed, but it must not be limited and can never be wrong.

What about the process of creating this work? Please describe it.
From the research we conducted I found inspiration from the changes others have made through passion about the subject of food democracy. I found it interesting that their was a large range of people already taking action on the topic of food democracy, but I never realised it. As food democracy is such a large topic it is hard to narrow it down to one main contributing cause, as it seems there is so many. This was a challenge when deciding exactly what element of food democracy I wanted to focus on. I found parts of this project shocking, but majority of it I knew, but simply didn’t understand the large expanse of the issue.

Anything else you would like to say about this work?
I hope to actually implement this work and continue to make my personal vegetable garden larger.

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