The Food Alliance – Catalysing Food System Transformation

Photo by Amadis Lacheta and Emily Ballantyne-Brodie (On the Edge forum, 25 Oct 2011), reproduced with permission

We must care for the men and women who feed us

750,000 healthy fruit trees, destined for bulldozing

95% of Victorians don't eat enough veg

Photo by Amadis Lacheta and Emily Ballantyne-Brodie (On the Edge forum, 25 Oct 2011), reproduced with permission

And we have to protect prime farmland for the future

Photo by Amadis Lacheta and Emily Ballantyne-Brodie (On the Edge forum, 25 Oct 2011), reproduced with permission



The Food System and Health

'Food system' is a term that has been used in order to develop an integrated understanding of a set of processes, institutions, practices and systems, all intimately linked to agriculture and food, yet which are typically thought of as separate and distinct, and commonly treated as such for governance and policy purposes. Thus, a 'food…
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Healthy Food System Working Group

Food Alliance Healthy Food System working group aims to nurture the establishment of a Victorian Healthy Food System Network, in support of the broader goal of developing a thriving and diverse culture and practice of food system activity in the state. Roles Identify particular health-related actions (including research and advocacy) that may be taken by…
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Plan Melbourne

The Victorian Government is developing a new metropolitan planning strategy for Melbourne, Plan Melbourne, and the Food Alliance has been advocating for this strategy to include a plan for the city’s food supply. We outlined our vision for Plan Melbourne in our response to the first phase of the public consultation. Food is highly significant…
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A Grower’s Market for Queen Vic

Back in the 1930s, Melbourne's iconic Queen Victoria Market included a Growers' Market, where farmers from Melbourne's fringe could come and sell their produce.   Imagine if the planned $250 million Queen Vic revamp included a return of the Growers' Market to support Melbourne's peri-urban farmers. The Queen Vic was once Melbourne’s fruit and vegetable…
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Urban Agriculture


Worm Lover – Richard Thomas

Australia’s first rooftop worm farm was recently launched on the top of Curtin House, at 252 Swanston St, in the centre of Melbourne. Made possible by the dedication and commitment of ‘Worm Lover’ Richard Thomas, and the vision and financial backing of the building’s owners, the Mesa Verde restaurant on the 7th floor of 252…
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Permaculture in Preston

Angelo Eliades, and his permaculture food forest experiment in Melbourne’s inner north, embodies the wave of food self-sufficiency sweeping the inner north and west of Melbourne. This wave has been generated by individuals and community groups, but it’s increasingly being embraced by local governments, who are integrating policies on community gardening, edible streetscapes and urban…
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Know Your Foodbowl


One of the best things about Melbourne is its food, and part of what makes Melbourne’s food so special is the beautiful local produce that grows right on the edge of the city. In a fast-changing world, sourcing our food locally just makes sense. So wouldn’t it be terrible if we lost our local farms?…

Food for All forum


The Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership (GPPCP) hosted a highly successful ‘Food for All’ forum on March 20 in conjunction with Healthy Together Grampians Goldfields. The event, which was facilitated by well-known food systems consultant Leah Galvin, attracted over 75 participants from the Grampians Pyrenees region and beyond, with an interest in and passion for…

Digger’s Club and heirloom seeds


Australia’s largest garden club isn’t about growing plants just to look nice. Clive Blazey, the founder of Digger’s Club, has much bolder vision for where plants sit in the world. “We’d like people to start thinking about using edibles instead of ornamentals, from a climate change perspective. “Because we go and buy our food largely…