Our Mission

To foster connections between farmers and food retail in public organisations, to create a vibrant, nourishing and regenerative place-based food economy

About

The Circular Foodshed Project (CFP) is an innovative collaboration between farmers and public organisations including schools, hospitals, and sports and recreational facilities in Victoria, Australia.

The CFP is designed to bring fresh and nutritious food that is produced in the surrounding foodshed, into the places where people live, work, and play. Increasing the consumption of locally-produced foods can improve population health, build resilience in the foodshed economy, and support environmentally sensitive practices.

The CFP provides circular solutions to systemic problems through research, network building, and direct value chain coordination. Our vision is to create a more resilient, equitable, sustainable local and regional food economy that is healthy for Victorians and the natural systems on which we depend.

The CFP is supported by an Action Team and an Advisory Committee.

Action Team Members

Vanessa Clarkson – Nourish Network
Lauren Clementson – Monash Health Community
Kristen Young – Peninsula Health
Chantal Chauvet-Allen – City of Greater Geelong
Jeremy Addison – Planning Consultant
Sonia Nuttman – Deakin University
Tara Boelsen-Robinson – Deakin University
Michael Smith – Deakin University
Rebecca Lester – Deakin University

Contact Action Team

Advisory Committee Members

Vanessa Clarkson – Nourish Network
Jodi Clarke – Sustainable Table
Mercil Lariba – Kunyung Primary School
Rachael Koch – Heritage Farm
Georgia Savage – Open Food Network
Krystal Oriadha – National Farm to School Network (US)
Lisa Brassington – Cardinia Food Circles
Susan Reynoldson – Mornington Peninsula Shire
Karen Thomas – Port Philip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority

Program 1:

Circular School Food

The goal of our first program is to cultivate healthy food connections between farms, classrooms, canteens, and communities.

We are currently working on a feasibility assessment that includes online surveys and targeted interviews with schools and farmers in the south-east region of Victoria.

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Foodshed

/ˈfuːdˈʃɛd/

n. A place for organising local and regional food economies. Like its analogue, watershed, a foodshed can be visualised as a network of flows, like rivers of food flowing towards a community.

We offer the term “foodshed” to encompass the physical, biological, social, and intellectual components of the multidimensional space in which we live and eat. We understand the foodshed as a framework for both thought and action.

Kloppenburg, Hendrickson, Stevenson

Coming into the Foodshed, 1996

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