Thanks for your help! I'm Vivien, one of the co-leaders of Youth Food Movement in Melbourne and I'm just adding a few updates here:
We have another speaker on board who will talk about the history of potatoes and how to grow them (Dr. Chris Williams from UniMelb), but we're now interested in finding someone else who can talk more explicitly their experience as a potato grower, with an emphasis on their experience of the food system.
The general aim of the session is for the audience to understand more about the food system, and what the future might or should hold; and for our guests (young people ~18-35yo) to connect with and learn about the experience of growers, their challenges, needs, and expertise.
Basically, through their stories and Q&A, their talk will cover what the food system looks like from a potato grower’s perspective, why potato growers are important to regions and economies, and what a good/better system might look like. They may like to share their stories of what it was like to grow up on a potato farm or in a potato growing region, how issues within the food system may escalate (e.g. chip manufacturers pushing growers to financial brinks) and what thee effects are for their families, farms and their communities.
We would also love to hear their ideas about the present contributions and the future of these potato growing communities, and the consumers who depend on them.
Of course, these are just our ideas and there is plenty of space for a speaker to make this talk their own. We're not expecting anyone to be an expert on anything other than their own experience!
Format: Interview/talk (~15mins) + Q&A (~15mins)