Towards a Sustainable Food Economy in NW Tasmania

This workshop is being organised by Sue Lewis and Caroline Smith – Skilling Tasmania for a Sustainable Future :

We hope you can come along to Ulverstone to network and help build a sustainable food economy in the North West on Wednesday morning March 19th.  Kirsten Larsen from the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (University of Melbourne) and the Open Food Foundation will be speaking too on her way to the City Farms Conference in Hobart.  Details below and we would like to know numbers for catering so please register for free tickets via Eventbrite:

Look forward to seeing you there.

Invitation: Towards a Sustainable Food Economy in NW Tasmania

Free Half-Day Forum  – Wednesday 19th March 2014  9.30am to 12.30pm

Gnomon Room, Pier 01, 3 Wharf Road, Ulverstone, Tasmania

What is the Issue?

 A sustainable food economy is a collaboration of community organisations and individuals working together towards a food system in which people have the opportunity to choose, create and manage their food supply from ‘paddock to plate’. Local, or creative food economies mean that food grown in a region is accessible in that region, and that the value of the produce is captured as much as possible in that region. This has many important social, environmental and economic benefits for the whole community. Sustainable, local food economies can unlock social, environmental and economic outcomes for communities:

·       They support small farmers and their families to remain viable through producing quality food at a fair price for both themselves and their consumers.

·       They promote equitable forms of food distribution and consumption, bring producers and consumers closer together and enable small value-adding enterprises to be created in an effective networked system.

·       They support and strengthen local enterprises that participate in broader regional or global markets.

·       They can take advantage of social media and software development combined with the NBN to provide new opportunities for innovation and commerce.

This forum brings together local food innovators in NW Tasmania (including producers, distributors, marketers, entrepreneurs, consumers, researchers and educators) and a very experienced sustainable food practitioner Dr Kirsten Larsen.  Kirsten will be in Tasmania for the City Farms conference in Hobart (March 22 – 25 ).

This half-day forum on March 19th will:

1.          Connect & Map: an opportunity for people to meet, talk and strengthen connections

2.          Inform and Understand: build our understanding of what’s going on already, what’s required and what could be done next

3.          Inspire: Introduction to Local Food Economies, Food Hubs and the Open Food Network – exploring emerging food distribution models and networks; and

4.          Test and Design: What do we think of these ideas? Would we try something like this here?

Kirsten Larsen is from the Victorian Eco-Innovation Lab (University of Melbourne) and the Open Food Foundation. Kirsten will provide an overview of recent work, particularly focusing on:

·       Local Food Economies – the economic case for, and opportunities to strengthen;

·       Food Hubs – including the South East Food Hub (currently being trialled in Dandenong) and the Australian Food Hubs Network ; and

·       Open Food Network – online marketplaces for regional food networks and food hubs, currently being developed and trialled in Victoria

You are invited to this half-day forum on Wednesday March 19th 9.30am to 12.30pm and please distribute to others interested in creating a local food economy network in the North West.

Tea, coffee and local food delicacies will be provided for morning tea.  Spaces are limited so please register for this free event through Eventbrite:

 Contact us if you find the event full and would like to register your interest.

For more information contact:

Sue Lewis          m: 0414 310 457 e:

Caroline Smith                    m: 0438 090 464 e:


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