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



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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Healthy Sustainable Diets

The Issue: Can a diet be sustainable for both you and the environment? Access to a healthy diet is a basic human right, but the production of food over the past fifty years in particular has had severe environmental impacts in Australia and around the world. To a significant extent, this is due to unsustainable…
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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


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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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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Circles of Social Life


Circles of Sustainability is an approach that guides engaged and collaborative practice in making our cities, locales and organizations more sustainable. It provides practical tools for creating sustainable cities and communities. For example, instead of designating a pre-given set of indicators, the approach sets out a process for deciding upon indicators and analysing the relationship between…

Circles of Social Life - the Four Domains

Food Profile Assessment Tool


What are we asking of  Councils that may wish to pilot the Charter and Food Profile Assessment Tool?  This is an invitation to pilot the Charter and the Assessment Tool (see below), especially for those local governments with existing food policies or that are considering the development and introduction of food policies. We believe it is…


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…