Making Local Food Work Wrap-Up

IMG_3836What happened on the day:

Press Release


Press release

On Tuesday, June 20 over 170 people gathered in the Masonic Centre in Korumburra to participate in the Southern Gippsland Local Food Event. One of the event organisers, Meredith Freeman of Grow Lightly, said it was a celebration of the many successful and innovative food businesses across the whole of South Gippsland.

“We heard about all the great developments taking place in the many food enterprises  – including horticulture, olive oil, milk, cheeses, community gardens meat and meat products, fruit, bread making, and so much more,” said Meredith.
“The aim of the event was to get fellow growers, makers, eaters and sellers together to meet, exchange stories about what’s happening and look at how we can develop all the opportunities for growth in the local food sector.
“We also want to bring the best locally grown food to all who live in this part of the world.’

Guest speaker Bruce Pascoe, author of “Dark Emu, Black Seeds” was a highlight of the event.
Everyone was enthralled as Bruce told of the amazing traditional farming practices and achievements of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.
“He also told how this amazing history has been suppressed and ignored, and how we need to learn more about this story,” continued Meredith.

“An abundance of fresh local food was provided for morning tea and lunch, including homemade soup made from local organic produce, locally baked breads, locally made cheeses, locally grown fruit and wraps filled with locally grown salad, meat and cheese.
“We were reminded of the food swaps, farmers markets, community gardens, shops and cafes already highlighting local food, and many took the opportunity to put forward their own ideas about how local food could be made to work in Southern Gippsland,” explained Meredith.

“It became clear that this was just the start of many more initiatives in local food. We could all envisage many enterprises, groups and individuals working together to build this important component of the South Gippsland economy and bring truly nutritious and tasty foods to all who live here.

“We really are working towards Southern Gippsland feeding Southern Gippsland.”

Special thanks to all our guest speakers, including Cr Ray Argento and Cr Andrew McEwen.

This event was initiated by Grow Lightly with support from the South Gippsland and Bass Coast shire councils, the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

Photo Gallery of the Event

Thanks to Sam Shannon for the photos.



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