New community gardens, a host of community events, improved awareness of the value and availability of local food and more people growing their own fruit and vegetables, are some of the many highlights of the Coffs Coast Local Food Futures project.
The Coffs Coast Local Food Alliance was formed in June 2008 and with funding provided by the NSW Environmental Trust and set about planning, implementing and supporting a range of local food projects. The projects targeted global and social issues surrounding climate change, community health and well-being and addressed the need for a sustainable local food system.
The Trust provided a grant of $250,000; however the total regional investment was more than $800,000 after adding cash and in-kind contributions from the project partners, volunteers and other community organisations such as the Bellingen and Coffs Regional Community Garden Associations.
The project's final report has now been released, outlining a total of 18 on-the-ground initiatives and over 82 successful events that were achieved during the four years that this project was running. The report can be downloaded in two parts on the Coffs Coast Local Food Alliance Website and here:
Coffs Coast Local Food Futures Part A_Final Report
Coffs Coast Local Food Futures Part B_Evaluation Report
Who is part of the Local Food Futures Alliance?
The Local Food Futures Alliance is made up of a Steering Group to drive strategy development and initiate actions as well as Members who are interested in supporting the vision. At present the Steering Group includes representatives from: Bellingen Local Food Network, Bellingen Shire Council, Bellingen Landcare, Coffs Harbour City Council, Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare, Coffs Region Organic Producers Organisation, North Coast Area Health Service, TAFE NSW North Coast Institute.
What is our Mission?
We will promote and support the development of a strong local food economy based on sustainable agricultural practices so that all residents of the Coffs Coast have equitable access to affordable, fresh, healthy food into the future. We will value and utilise local knowledge.
What are Our Principles?
- We believe in the rights of all people to have access to affordable, fresh and healthy food.
- We believe that access to fresh local food is a way of improving the health and wellbeing of communities.
- We believe that a strong local food economy supports sustainable livelihoods through job and wealth creation within the community.
- We support sustainable agricultural practices as being paramount to the long term protection of our environment and health.
- We believe that reconnecting ourselves with our food, reconnects ourselves to the environment and to each other and moves us towards a more sustainable future.
- We value diversity, creativity and innovation in what we do.
- We support grass roots movements that share our vision.
- We value and utilize local knowledge.
- We believe in the principles of social justice, equality and sustainability.
- To undertake education and awareness raising activities that promote actions by both consumers and producers around local food systems
- To build partnerships and network with other local, national and international organisations that have similar missions and objectives, in order to build and share knowledge and information
- To undertake and support grass roots initiatives that further our vision and mission
- To seek ongoing funding for achievement of our mission
- To develop a resource and information base around local food
- To undertake research into best practice in local food economies
Visit www.coffscoastlocalfood.com.au and Join Us!
You can also follow us on Facebook and read the Local Food Futures Framework.
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‘This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.’