Futurelands2 took place on 12-13 November in Kandos, NSW. 130 people, children and dogs from across NSW and further afield listened, talked, mingled and dined between the Kandos Community Hall, Marloo farm and the extraordinary pagodas of Ganguddy/Dunns Swamp in the Wollemi National Park. Innovative farmers, Indigenous historians and land custodians, soil scientists, economists, writers and artists explored emerging practices in farming, land care, food and energy production and inspired new conversations about the human relationship to land.
Futurelands2 was staged by the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA). It was proudly hosted by Cementa Inc within the annual public program of the Cementa Contemporary Arts Festival, in partnership with the Material Ecologies Research Network (MECO) at University of Wollongong and the Space, Place and Country research cluster from Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. It was convened by Laura Fisher and co-organised by Laura Fisher, Diego Bonetto, Ann Finegan, Gilbert Grace, Alex Wisser, Lucas Ihlein, Christine McMillan, Georgie Pollard & Ian Milliss, all of whom are founding members of KSCA.
Photos and documentation about Futurelands2 will be posted shortly!
Futurelands2 includes four main venues and activities.
♣Morning public forums at Kandos Community Hall (Angus Ave, Kandos) on both Saturday and Sunday, with tea and coffee and a simple sandwich lunch. Expert speakers will cover topics include Indigenous agriculture and cool burning techniques, soil health, community economies and sustainable entrepreneurship.
♣A site visit to Marloo farm on Saturday afternoon. Here participants will receive a tour by Stuart Andrews, formerly of the renowned Tarwyn Park, and find out how he is rehabilitating Marloo with Natural Sequence Farming techniques. Participants will also be introduced to the Hemp Initiative, the first project of the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation (KSCA) led by artist Gilbert Grace and hosted by Andrews at Marloo. Gilbert Grace and hemp entrepreneur Klara Marosszeky will conduct a conversation on the marvellous organic properties and industrial applications of hemp.
♣A wild foods feast on Saturday night back at Kandos Community Hall: celebrated forager and artist Diego Bonetto will collaborate with chef Joey Astorga to delight the senses with a bounty of hand-crafted dishes.
♣A site visit to the majestic Ganguddy (Dunns Swamp) campground on Sunday afternoon. This will be the venue for a series of open discussions hosted by speakers and practitioners who are responding creatively to land issues, and a talk by esteemed environmental scientist and author Haydn Washington on Australia’s eco-sustainable future.
Registration is essential so that we can arrange catering for attendees, bus hire, and assist you with transport and accommodation. Please choose between:
- public forums at Kandos Community Hall on Saturday and Sunday + Natural Sequence Farming/Hemp Crop tour at Marloo Farm on Saturday afternoon, $20
- public forums at Kandos Community Hall on Saturday and Sunday + Foragers Feast on Saturday evening + site visit to Ganguddy on Sunday afternoon, $50
- The whole bloomin’ lot! $60
Futurelands2 and the foundation of the Kandos School of Cultural Adaptation have been generously funded by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.