Healthy. Delicious. Sustainable.
2018 was a year of conversations…
Around kitchen tables, across school desks and lunch counters.
In backyards, libraries, community centres, fire sheds and cafes.
Conversations that asked three key questions:
What are the challenges you face, in food, farming and health?
What do you think the solutions and opportunities are to change this?
What’s your vision for our food future?
Those conversations were led by our incredible team of local facilitators, and involved over 500 people across Cardinia Shire (spanning an age range of 5 to 80!).
The hopes and ideas that were spoken formed a people-powered vision for the food system we want and are working to grow, together in the form of the Cardinia Community Food Strategy 2018 - 2026.
We workshopped the outcomes of this process with our collective of partners to draft up key strategies and actions based on what community members said, with reference to other data and research.
This draft document then when out for public exhibition and review and finally, after 2 years of work and many, many conversations…
The Cardinia Community Food Strategy and Action Plan 2018 - 2026 was adopted at the Cardinia Shire Council December 2018 meeting and officially launched with our collective of incredible partners in February 2019. ⠀
Our Food Animators and Food Movement members celebrating Council’s adoption of the Community Food Strategy in December 2018!
sets out the shared vision of our collective work, the strategic focus areas and the actions we’ve committed to lead, support and seed.
Food Movement Working Group: Advocacy, research & building public awareness
Activating community orchards
Supporting, connecting and enabling public and community food growing initiatives
Developing a Community Kitchen Program with local branches of the Country Women’s Association
Healthy Education Network
Pakenham Community School Farm
Targeted Community Awareness + Engagement Campaign
Developing strategic research partnerships to inform and expand the work of our collective
Focused capacity building across the Food Movement, Strategic Steering Group, Council and community members.
Continuing to support and expand The Pakenham Community Grocer
Developing local food directory
Developing a series of local food celebration events
Supporting the United Africa Community Farm
Advocacy and Education: Recycled Water Use and for local producers & community/home food production
Developing Community Compost Hubs
Promoting waste reduction opportunities and education across the community