The right food mix for the way ahead
FARMERS, butchers, food makers, horticulturalists, chefs and bakers and others who participate in the food sector are being encouraged to attend the third and last of a North East development series called ‘Food Lab’ in Wangaratta next week.
The Rural City of Wangaratta’s ‘Community food for all’ program, Northeast Health Wangaratta and Gateway Health have combined this year to explore opportunities for diversification, such as a farm gate trail, with the region’s food producers and makers.
Gateway Health promotion co-ordinator Clare Schultz said the final workshop, which will take place at Charles Sturt University-Goulburn Ovens TAFE on October 18, would seek to identify with local producers and sector participants ways in which to expand markets and improve eater – or consumer – choice.
Ms Schultz said the first two workshops had canvassed what was happening in other areas, such as the Hawkesbury River region food bowl beyond western Sydney, and local initiatives including farmers’ markets, food exchange projects and food co-operatives.
“Our task in Food Lab 3 is to shape the future of the local food system,” she said.
Participants would discuss potential improvements in the North East food system and identify strategies and actions to bring these to reality.
Ms Schultz said anyone could attend – including those who had not taken part in the first two workshops in June and August.
The October 18 workshop will take place at Wangaratta’s Regional Studies Centre, 218 Tone Road, from 4:30pm.
Dinner will be provided as part of the four-hour workshop – a free event.
Intending participants have been asked to show how they identify themselves – as a producer, processor, retailer or consumer – by completing a brief survey at https:// www. surveymonkey. com/ r/ LNV8RTB.
More information is available from Rob Carolane on 0409 870 932.