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



Unsustainable Diets: the link between healthy people and a healthy planet

To be sustainable, a food system must achieve two fundamental goals: 1) Produce sufficient nutritious, affordable and accessible food for all 2) Minimise the environmental harm caused by food production, distribution and consumption, e.g. through greenhouse gas emissions, excessive freshwater usage, soil erosion, and biodiversity loss. The dominant Australian food system – and many others…
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Food Buying Standards

Purchasing healthy local food for public bodies The Issue Government spending forms a large part of the economy through the purchasing (procurement) of a wide range of goods and services, including large amounts of food and food products. Food is purchased either directly or indirectly for hospitals, prisons, aged care centres, education centres, residential homes…
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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


Urban Agriculture Working Group

Goal The goal of the Food Alliance Urban Agriculture working group is to nurture the establishment of a Victorian Urban Agriculture network, in support of the broader goal of developing a thriving and diverse culture and practice of urban agriculture in the state. The establishment of this working group and, over time, the network, will…
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Future Feeders

Future Feeders is a small-scale farming cooperative that provides young people with the opportunity for peer-to-peer skills sharing and mentorship in ecological agricultural. A driving force behind the initiative is to create pathways for young people to enter sustainable agricultural careers. Future Feeders has been initiated to tackle the alarming trend of an ageing farmer…
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Food Production on Melbourne’s Urban Fringe


Food production on Melbourne’s urban fringe is worth around $1.3 – 1.6 billion and generates over 6,000 jobs. Around 40-50% of Victoria’s total vegetable production from Melbourne’s fringe within 100 km of the city, so it’s an important source of fresh, local produce. What fruits and vegetables are grown on Melbourne's urban city fringe and…


Mornington Peninsula food production


The Mornington Peninsula is one of the most valuable agricultural regions in Victoria, generating around $800 million from farming. This region delivers a wide variety of produce, including herbs, lettuce and berries, as well as wines, meats and cheeses. There are also lots of places in the Mornington Peninsula where you can buy local produce at the…


Werribee food production


Werribee South is a small area of market gardens around 30 km to the west of Melbourne’s CBD that delivers 10% of Victoria’s vegetables, and together with surrounding areas produce 85% of the state’s cauliflower, 53% of the broccoli and 34% of lettuce. Werribee South is one of the closest remaining vegetable growing areas to the…