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
Local Food Futures Framework.
Thinking of starting your own Community Garden? To start the ball rolling download and read the Coffs Harbour Guidelines for the Establishment of Community Gardens.
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‘This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.’