What! They’re not thinking of doing it here are they?”
“Can’t believe it.”
“Oh yes, I know about fracking. Let me sign.”
These are the kind of comments we’re hearing at farmers’ markets. We’re getting the declaration and rally poster out there and distributing brochures, disseminating information and collecting signatures.
It has been wonderful to hold out a petition for a signature and find a food-laden shopper approaching with arm outstretched, “Oh fracking! I’m totally against that”, grabbing the pen and signing, then taking postcards info and posters. This Saturday’s market at Fitzroy Street was particularly enjoyable, with many shoppers happy to listen and find out more, and lots of Melbournians already in the know.
The food at the Farmers’ Market is always delicious, and it’s fun to have a break and sample goods from across Victoria. It’s also a strong reference point when outlining some of what we have to lose if unconventional gas mining goes ahead. We had great coffee and delicious lunch with produce from some of the areas now under licence.
Sally, Lisa and Barbara all did an impressive job of engaging passers by, and we had some interesting conversations with people from Victoria, SA, WA, NSW, England and Canada. But the highlight of the day for me, had to be meeting Pennie Brown, maker of the wonderful Farmland not Gaslands film. Pennie came over to support us, and sign a petition, and it is partly due to her film that we can keep up the good work, building on the knowledge base from showings of Farmland not Gaslands.
It is reassuring to see Melbourne dwellers on board and to talk to supporters from all over the planet. There is no farmers’ market next Saturday as it’s the rare fifth in the month, but we will be back in September seeking signatures and drumming up interest in our Melbourne Declaration and Rally.