The Cardinia Food Movement
is driven by a group of passionate local residents, farmers, business owners, teachers, community workers and all round super bods!
We were seeded as a local food network group by the broader Cardinia Food Circles initiative in July 2017 and have evolved into the hands on, grassroots organisation we are today.
We are facilitated and auspiced by Sustain: The Australian Food Network. At the right time, we will become an independent incorporated association and aim to be the premier ‘go to’ ENABLING, SEEDING and SUPPORTING organisation for all things food, farming and health in our region.
We are working to activate initiatives across some of the critical gaps in our food system and believe that local problems require local solutions.
We are leading, supporting and enabling a range of activities to achieve the wider vision we share with our collective impact partners.
Our own organisational vision is for a vibrant, connected local food region that fosters pride in residents, nourishes people, nurtures country and provides fair food for all.
We’re working with a range of local farmers and stakeholders to:
- Develop a strong evidence base that captures the value, diversity and importance of agricultural production across our region;
- Use this evidence base to develop advocacy platforms and mechanisms that support the local and regional farm and food economy
Growing the Next Generation of Farmers
We’re thrilled to be working with Farmer Incubator to support their Pop Up Garlic Farming program in Cardinia in 2019 thanks to some generous scholarship funding from Cardinia Shire Council and the Garry White Foundation.
Four community members are learning take a crop of garlic from seed to harvest at a site in Nar Nar Goon North, and are being supervised and supported by an experienced organic garlic grower and Cardinia Food Network member.