Harvest will be a website resource for finding good food
close to you, connecting with growers, and exploring alternatives for food production in an urban
setting. It includes:
- a national directory for
finding food co-ops, food swap meets, community gardens, farmers markets, box
systems, pick-you-own farms, farm-gate products, organic retailers, seed saver
networks, free-range meats, and more. You can find local food by simply
placing in a postcode.
- promotion and exploration of do-it-yourself alternatives for
food production and meeting essential needs, including resources for growing
your own food, making your own produce, storing and preserving, and low energy
We will largely be drawing from the many existing resources, and collating them into one place. There is a fantastic similar resource existing for the USA found at www.localharvest.org on which this project has been based. Additionally, the Local Harvest Challenge will be an annual event where you, with your community, for one week attempt to reduce the 'degrees of separation' from your food. It’s a practical way to learn
together more about the source of your food and discover resources for eating
locally in your area. It is based on the Household Action Challenge run in previous
Core objectives of the project are to
help people move away from dependence on
the supermarket and industrial food
system, and support local producers,
reduce transport distance and associated
energy and carbon impact, and build up
connections between urban consumers and
The project will be launched at Melbourne's Sustainable Living Festival in February 2012.
The work of the Ethical
Consumer Group over the past 7 years have provided resources for better choices
within the supermarket and introduced the many issues connected with our food
and everyday consumerables. Many people have chosen to take up the challenge of
more closely aligning their purchases with their values. However the present
global system of food production reliant on long distance transportation,
chemicals in production and storage, and ownership by large multinational companies, means that the real answers are beyond the
supermarket and industrial food system.
The Ethical Consumer Group is a
community based, not-for-profit network
working to help facilitate more
sustainable purchasing practices for the
everyday consumer. Our work includes the
production of an annual print guide and the Shop Ethical iPhone app,
education through workshops and
presentations, and hosting of community
events such as our monthly 'meal and
movie' nights and annual 'household
action challenge'. Our website
www.ethical.org.au and print guide focus
on the companies behind common brands
and their company track record with
regards to social and environmental
considerations. We are based in
Melbourne and have a national reach.
Networks and relationships
Key partners that make up the working
group are Urban Harvest Western Swap
Meet, Transition Towns Hobson's Bay,
and Permaculture Out West.
Sustainable Table is a major project partner for Local Harvest. Sustainable Table uses food as an entrée to explore sustainability issues and supports projects around the world that help to restore the natural environment to ensure the safe and ongoing provision of food.
Other groups who have an interest in the project and may contribute content
are Australian City Farms &
Community Garden network, Australian
Farmers Markets Association,
Cultivating Community, CERES Community
Environment Park and various organic
industry groups such as the Biological
Farmers of Australia.
Networks for promotion include the Sustainable
Living Foundation, Friends of the Earth, Permaculture
Australia, and many more.
Our Pozible funding goal is $8,500. This will
cover key costs of web design and development, promotion and coordination of the
raised in addition to this initial amount will go towards a more extensive national media campaign prior to the launch, which would be ideal given the nature of the project.
What you get
There are some great tasty bits that come with funding support. The real reward however is being part of making a real difference in the world, one that reclaims our food choices.