The right food mix for the way ahead

Alpine Observer - - Monthly Rural News - By JAMIE KRON­BORG

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.

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