Open invite to local Food Lab
Developing the North East food system
OVENS Valley and Alpine food producers and makers have been encouraged to participate in the next of the North East ‘Local Food Lab’ series exploring development and improvements in the region’s food system.
The second session will be held tonight (August 23) at Charles Sturt University-Goulburn Ovens TAFE Wangaratta Studies Centre, off Tone Road in South Wangaratta, from 6.30pm.
S p e a ke r s w i l l include Rowan O’Hagan, Wangaratta Farmers’ Market co-ordinator Mary Daly and Beechworth Food Co-op’s Jade Miles.
Dr O’Hagan has recently completed a food mapping project for the Rural City of Wangaratta.
It identifies the extent of the municipality’s farmer, producer and maker community and the foods they produce.
Ms Daly will talk about the work of the farmers’ market and the ways in which it provides a regular opportunity for producers to market direct to eaters, and for eaters to learn at first-hand from farmers about how these foods are produced.
Ms Miles, who chairs the successful Beechworth coop, will discuss the work it is pursuing to aid co-ordination and other opportunities in the local food system.
Gateway Health – one of the supporters of the ‘Local Food Lab’ series – has produced a video of the first discussion in the series, in June, which was led by David Mason, the inaugural chairman of a food network in western Sydney called Hawkesbury Harvest – now a well-established as a food trail.
It can be viewed on Gateway Health’s YouTube channel.
This evening’s discussion is free to attend, with light food, wine, tea and coffee available, but those wanting to attend are encouraged to register at https://foodlab2017. eventbrite.com.au.