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Food City: City of Melbourne Food Policy available online

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on November 14th, 2012


Photo from the City of Melbourne Food Policy

Over the past year, the City of Melbourne has been developing its Food Policy, with requests for public input at two different stages during that time – first, as responses to the discussion paper, and second, as responses to the draft policy.  Now the final policy is available online.  The sections of the policy are:

  • Policy statement
  • Introduction
  • Vision
  • Themes and ambitions
    • a strong, food secure community
    • healthy food choices for all
    • a sustainable and resilient food system
    • a thriving local food economy
    • a city that celebrates food
  • Implementation and evaluation
  • References
  • Glossary

The next stage will involve the development of the Implementation Plan – register for updates with the Food Policy team at foodpolicy@melbourne.vic.gov.au.

>> Food Policy website.

Community-Supported Agriculture + Supermarket: Cairns

Posted in Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on October 19th, 2012


Real Food Network produce at a local farmers’ market

The Real Food Network in Cairns, North Queensland, has been providing members with weekly boxes of locally-grown, mostly organic and biodynamic fruit and veggies for a couple of years in a community-supported agriculture (CSA) model.  This effort alone benefits a community that is regularly cut off, by cyclones and floods, from a food supply chain that depends on north-south travel along the coast.

Now the Network has gone further in establishing local food systems, setting up a community based supermarket in collaboration with a disability employment service, Ostara.  Real Food Plus employs clients of Ostara, with the shop’s fit-out and decor built by the staff from recycled and reclaimed materials.  The supermarket is a pick-up point for CSA boxes, but also sells surplus from the farmers (and backyard growers) direct to the public and provides members with the opportunity to add a few extras as they go.

Reminding us once again that farmers are worth their weight in gold, below is the list of what’s available in the box and in the shop (and who grew it) this week:

IN THE BOX:

– Organic Sebago Potato, Kenneth, Kaban
– Homegrown Zucchini, Beetroots, Les & Bettie, Biboohra
– Biodynamic Russian Garlic, John and Adam, Kaban
– Organic Tomatoes, Lena, Koah
– Koah gold Oranges, Big Bulky Watermelon, Bruno and Carlo, Koah
– Cert. Organic Limes, Mint & Chokos Vi and Stan, Red Hill
– Basil, Vince and Kerri, Paddy´s Green
– Organic baby Bak Choi or Organic Baby Buk Choi or Organic Choy sum, (Asian Veggies)
– SkyBurry Red Paw Paw, Paddy´s Green
– Pineapple, Stephen, paddy’s Green
– White & also Red Onions, Arilo (Vince’s brother) Channal Road.
– Silverbeet, Vince, Spring Creek
– Organic Lettuce, Thom, Closey River

IN THE SHOP IN CAIRNS : (the list above PLUS the list below !)

– Organic Parsley
– Watermelons, Koah, Bruno.
– Organic Star Apple, Speewah, Chrystel
– Organic Black Sapote, Kuranda, Matt
– Organic Eggplant, Organic Tomatoes, Organic greens, Machans Beach, Jez
– Organic Kipfler, Kaban, Kenneth
– Organic Asian Veggies 3 varieties above(!), Organic Daikon, (and more Organic Thai Eggplant Faces),White Rock, Van
– Organic Spring Onions, Organic Sugar Bananas, Organic Spinach bagged, Organic Roma Tomatoes, Organic Choko’s, Tolga, Louie and Dianella (and Otto)
– Organic Tumeric, Ginger and garlic, various, Speewah.
– Yamagishi Happy Eggs, South Johnston, Yas
– Raw untreated Honey from Mareeba, John
– Butternut Pumpkin, Papa Miguel, Mutchilba.
– Discounted Oranges, Tomatoes, Bananas and Pawpaws and more coming in from your backyard.
– Plus lots more dried local fruit in the Pantry.
– Organic & Permaculture Eggplants, Organic Tomatillos, Organic Herbs and Salad Greens, Machans Beach, Jez & Allister.
– PLUS more of course.

>> www.realfoodnetwork.com.au

(Sadly they don’t service the Melbourne area, but you can join a local CSA – check out CERES’ Fair Food.)


Growers and Eaters Forum

Posted in Events by kdonati on March 27th, 2012

23 April , 2012

Photo: Shari Mcdonald

Some of us are growers, but all of us are eaters. And we all want to eat well. In the face of an uncertain economic and ecological future, what does a truly sustainable food system look like?

A collaboration between Cultivating Community and Slow Food Melbourne, the Growers and Eaters Forum will bring together farmers and food experts committed to healthy and resilient food systems for the future. Food cooperatives, community-supported agriculture, farmers markets, urban agriculture and poly-farming are all on the menu. The all-day event will celebrate innovative projects and initiatives that are creatively reshaping relations between growers and eaters, valuing the people and communities who produce our food.

Conference registration includes a long, slow lunch featuring produce and wine from the region.

Keynote speaker and US farmer and author Michael Ableman will address how we can feed the future and present his ideas for achieving real change in the food system. Other inspirational speakers include Les Cameron, Goulburn Valley Food Cooperative; Carol Vincent, South Australian Farmers Federation; Neil Barr, author of The House on the Hill and Rod May, Captain’s Creek Organic Farm.

Monday, 23rd April 2012, 8.30am-5.00pm

‘Gravel Hill’ Salvation Army Complex
65-71 Mundy Street, Bendigo VIC

For more information:
http://slowfoodmelbourne.com.au/events/growers-and-eaters-2012/


Food Farming & Health Conference

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on August 25th, 2009

Source: Rural Climate Network
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Image: SMH

‘Nurture the land, nourish the people…’

The Food Farming & Health Conference is a one-day investigation into future farms and food chains. Join experts to examine the way we grow, distribute and share healthy food. Get into grassroots networking and strengthen the links between farmers, food processors, consumers and health professionals. Explore regional development and business systems to get healthy food to the community.

October 6th
Warragul Arts Centre, Warragul, Victoria.
Register by RSVP 31st August

Keynote speakers include Andrew Campbell (author of the 2008 ACF report ‘Paddock to Plate’), Veronica Graham (State Health Nutritionist for Victoria), Kirsten Larsen (Victorian Eco-Innovation Laboratory), and Bruce Kefford (Dep. Sec. R&D, Dept of Primary Industries).

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Melbourne Community Farmers’ Market – April Newsletter

Posted in Models by Ferne Edwards on April 28th, 2009

April Farmers Market Newsletter

April Farmers Market Newsletter