"This magical, marvelous food on our plate, this sustenance we absorb, has a story to tell. It has a journey. It leaves a footprint. It leaves a legacy..."
TO ESTABLISH: The Canberra Region Food Collaborative - an independent information broker and coordinating body, responsible for helping establish an integrated sustainable and inclusive food system. After surveying local food producers and food innovators, it recognises the need to directly engage with the food producing community, to help advocate, and facilitate the production, aggregation, storage, processing, distribution, sales and marketing of local sustainably-produced food products. Moreover, food is stalking horse for achieving a wide range of positive social impacts by all manner of community organisations.
Our goal is to work with the community in concert with food experts, innovators and producers to develop a robust food and farming environment in the ACT and Canberra Region.
We believe that a sustainable economy requires a sustainable urban food approach that encourages employment, investment, innovation, zero net emissions and food security.
This is even more important now that the Pandemic and the adverse climate driven events are impacting our food system and demonstrating the need to take steps to shore-up an inherent fragility.
The RDA ACT Sustainable Food Proposal outlines how the ACT can lead economic recovery in the region by focusing on urban food. Follow the link for further details :
The CRFC includes all manner of cooperatives, food sheds, clusters and food hubs operating in our geographic zone. These initiatives are a crucial part of the local food system, supporting all aspects of the food chain from the grower through to the consumer. They promote entrepreneurship, create local jobs, boost the economy, encourage investment, fight waste, support sustainability and provide food security.
Using convincing and profound data we can prove the value of better food to our community in nutrition and liveability; emissions; cheaper grocery prices; regenerative practice; more diverse employment opportunities; tourism, exports and helping addressing social disadvantage. This is our agenda!
We will develop a unique City-Region Food Collaborative - a multidimensional all of chain initiative which will be a data & technology driven cluster and ‘hub of hubs’. This will be done through an intense ongoing community consultation with all food stakeholders.
It will provide equal focus to achieving business ouctomes as it will social impact outcomes.
We will provide a range of services to members which will keep them informed and connected with business opportunities in funding, collaboration, investment and innovation. This will include assisting enterprises access various grants, subsidies and soft loans.
We will run a program called Food in the Capital which will inform, inspire and connect our city and regions food businesses with social, technology and market leading trends.