National and other food organisations


RetroSuburbia is David Holmgren’s new book, to be published on 10th February. Click here to read about the book, here to buy the book, or here to go and listen to David talk about the book.

The book discusses a number of case studies from around North East Melbourne, including: Alistair and Christine’s (Northcote); The Plummery (Northcote); Saba and Matt’s rental property (Lilydale); and Sharehouse (Preston). (posted February 7 2018)

Sustainable Table is a Melbourne-based organisation that aims to provide Australians with the tools and information to make ethical eating easy. Their website has recently had a facelift. (posted March 22 2017)

Australia’s Right to Food Coalition: “Australia’s Right to Food Coalition (RTFC) exists to improve the health and wellbeing of all Australians by working to ensure equitable access to nutritious food. We are a coalition of organisations, practitioners, researchers and community workers united in our cause.” They have a Victorian branch and they would welcome new members. Click here to join. (posted November 16 2016)

The Youth Food Movement (YFM) organised an Urban Forage and Feast event in Brunswick on 2nd December 2016. The event involved conversations around food sustainability, guest speakers and quality food. They sought donations of produce, seedlings, seeds, vouchers etc to be used in their cookup, given away as prizes or sold to fundraise for YFM.

In passing, YFM has one of the all-time great sentences on their home page: “Australia’s appetite for organic food is at crazy-milkshake levels.” (posted November 9 2016)

Some food-related apps for your smartphone: food-related apps that I have on my Android smartphone/tablet include (in alphabetical order by category, where the categories reflect what is available rather than where my interests necessarily lie!):

  • Bars and pubs: Melbourne’s Bars and Pubs.
  • Free range eggs: Choice’s free-range egg app.
  • Local food (Yarra Ranges): Buy Local, Eat Seasonal.
  • Personal recipe database: My CookBook.
  • Planting guide: Gardenate.
  • Vegan food: Happy Cow.
  • Wine guides: Hello Vino.
  • Eatery finders: Australian Good Food Guide, Restaurant Finder, Yelp and Zomato.
    And, of course, there is the free app that I wrote myself: Local Food Connect. In passing, as well as the Android version of the app above, I also wrote an IoS version (the two operating systems use different languages). But Apple demanded that I pay them $100 a year before I could even put it onto my own phone! Obviously, on principle, I’m not going to do this. If you have an Apple smart device and want my free app, blame Apple not me. (posted May 4 2016)

    Melbourne Food and Wine Festival: whilst most of their events are based in the CBD, some are more local to us. For example, in 2016: Regional World’s Longest Lunch, Coldstream; Garden Vineyard Table, Dixons Creek; The Family Block, Coldstream; Finding Our Place, Eltham; and Farmer Wants a Knife, Coldstream. Whilst on the subject of non-local events, Sustainable Living Foundation’s Great Local Lunch takes place in the CBD. (posted February 3 2016)

    Melbourne good food month: although not local, this interactive graphic is, in some ways, quite cool. Alternatively, here is the standard introductory web page. (posted November 11 2015)

    Doing it ourselves is an organisation that Transition and permaculture people may be interested to read about. (posted December 10 2014)

    Open Food Network: This is a group of local people who have been working for a few years on providing an online marketplace, a way to distribute and hence buy direct from the farmer. It provides the tools and information to make it easier to run ‘food hubs’ (i.e. independent retailers and wholesalers and small social enterprises/coops/buying groups) of all shapes and sizes to work together to reduce distribution costs. See the current hubs at (posted July 17 2014)

    The Growing Food Project: A lovely and inspiring local glimpse into our wonderful community food projects, The Growing Food Project is a short documentary exploring Melbourne’s local food movement and community food initiatives, where people are coming together to build local, fair and sustainable food systems. Written and directed by Rasha Tayeh, visit to watch this lovely local film. (posted June 12 2014)

    The Localising Food Project: Read about this New Zealand project which aims to facilitate the enrichment of local food resilience and the empowerment of communities. (posted May 29 2014)

    The Ideas Nest: This is an Australian umbrella organisation for Sustainable Table and aims to showcase the best ideas around Australia and the world which help us live a better life. (posted April 3 2014)

    Australian Food Hubs Network: The Australian Food Hubs Network (AFHN) is a collaboration of individuals and organisations working towards fair, sustainable and resilient food systems for all Australians, particularly through helping setup and promote Food Hubs that can improve livelihoods for sustainable farmers and food access for all Australians. For more information see their website. (posted March 27 2014)

    The Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN): SFYN is an international network of young people who bring about changes in the field of food production and consumption. It was founded by a number of enthusiastic and motivated young people with a passion for good, clean and fair food, and with an interest in sustainability issues. Inspiring website here. (posted February 6 2014)

    The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. (posted January 16 2014)

    GMO-ID Australia: A great opportunity for non-GMO labels in Australia – Australia now has a company that can analyse, monitor and certify non-GM food. It is called GMO-ID Australia and they also list non-GM suppliers. (posted April 4 2013)

    Pick your own: Even though it is lovely to grow and pick your own produce, sometimes you need more for preserving. There a number of ‘pick your own farms’ around which you may want to visit over the holiday period. See this site for details. Not all are organic, but many are. (posted December 12 2013)

    Seed bank website plugin: New software for the Cleveland Seed Bank, a seed saving initiative, has been released to the public as an open source website plugin that can turn any WordPress site into a community seed bank. The software, called WP-Seedbank, was conceived by Marilyn McHugh, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Hummingbird Project (THP) and developed in collaboration with Cleveland GiveCamp. (posted October 10 2013)

    True Food Network: Another way to support non-GM products is to join the True Food Network. (posted April 4 2013)

    Eaterprises is connecting Victorian farmers and eaters via its website. On a fortnightly basis various seasonal foods are offered for sale. At the moment most of the distribution points are around inner northern Melbourne. (posted November 1 2012)

    The Plenty Food Group is a network of food manufacturers, many of whom are located in Epping, Lalor, Thomastown and Campbellfield. For example, there is Chris’s dips, Montefiore Cheeses , Hellenic Cheese and many others including biscuits and preserve makers. I don’t know about the source of ingredients used , although I think Hellenic cheese is made from the milk of sheep and goats from near Epping. If you buy any of these products please share any further information with us. (posted November 29 2012)

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