Open in­vite to lo­cal Food Lab

De­vel­op­ing the North East food sys­tem

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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