Food Hubs make it easier to buy and sell local food
Food Hubs can do lots of things, but they usually focus first on coordinated marketing and distribution of local fresh produce. They put the pieces together so that farmers can jointly market to restaurants and food service, wholesale customers and institutions, or to households and businesses.
We see Food Hubs as potentially viable interventions for transforming regional food systems. We are working towards development and operation of Food Hubs that can improve livelihoods for sustainable farmers and food access for all Australians.
VEIL is the current host of the Australian Food Hubs Network – a collaboration of individuals and organisations working towards fair, sustainable and resilient food systems for all Australians. You can find resources, case studies and updates on AFHN activities on the dedicated website at www.foodhubs.org.au
VEIL is also undertaking a ‘live’ action research project to catalyse the design and development of a regional ‘Food Hub’ on the peri-urban fringe of southeast Melbourne – now known as the South East Food Hub. This project has grown out of the “Imagining a Food Hub in Casey” scoping study conducted by Eaterprises and the Australian Food Hubs Network, with the support of VicHealth and the City of Casey, in 2011.
The project “How Can Food Hubs Catalyse Healthy and Resilient Local Food Systems in Victoria: Developing a Food Hub in the City of Casey” is working closely with stakeholders to design and develop a Food Hub in the South East, with the dual aims of:
- providing better market access and fair returns to farmers, hence strengthening long-term local supply; and
- making fresh food accessible and affordable to local people.
For more information, see project details and for regular updates on progress see the South East Food Hub blog.