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Welcome to the Food Movement!

It's no secret that Cardinia Shire is experiencing a range of social and health challenges that are impacting the quality of life of many people who work and live here. These issues are big, complex and systemic and it's going to take all of us working together, from all across the shire and all walks of life, to tackle them head on and build a healthy, sustainable, delicious and fair local food future!  

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We Need Your Vote! 

Pick My Project is a Victorian-first community grants initiative, with at least $1 million in funding available in each metro and regional area. 

"Growing the Future: Pakenham Community School Farm and Food Project" seeks to enable the development of a Community Farm School initiative to provide structured vocational learning and employment pathways for school students. The project proposes to:

- Develop the required infrastructure

- Develop vocational pathways in horticulture, agriculture, food, building and construction

- Build a community support network for the initiative across local farms, businesses and community members.

- Activate the school and farm sites as spaces of community learning, skill building, celebration and connection through volunteering, workshops and events.

- Develop resources for use by teachers, students and farmers across Victoria.

Now it’s time to vote!

Register online at and set your postcode to find initiatives in your area. Voters that live within 5Okm of Pakenham can pick Growing the Future: Pakenham Community School Farm and Food Project as one of three favourite project ideas in the local community and help make them a reality.


One of our four priority themes is Enhancing Food Skills, Knowledge and Culture. This video captures some preliminary work we've been doing with schools, Monash and RMIT University researchers and award winning locavore O.My Restaurant to explore food literacy across our schools and creative and fun ways we can connect students and local food leaders to build knowledge and connection with food, land, farms, cooking and health! 



You will find us on the south-eastern flank of metropolitan Melbourne, home to both thriving farms and cities, diverse and growing communities, internationally significant wetlands and the rare growling grass frog!

There's incredible work being done here, by a range of inspiring folk, to re-shape the ways we grow, buy, cook, eat and think about food.

A movement is forming. A movement for, and by, all of us, together. 



This poster was created by the artist and graphic recorder Kirsty Moegerlein in the lead up to our first round of gatherings to stimulate conversation about the local food system.

What are your thoughts? Does this capture some aspects of what's happening in our community?


"everybody eats food. everybody needs it!"

— Local resident at an April 2018 Kitchen Table Talk

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