The current food system is not working for low income consumers, especially in regional areas.
The Barwon region grows a large proportion of Victoria’s food.
Rather than sold direct, this produce is shipped to Melbourne, sold through the wholesale Markets and then back to Geelong through one main wholesaler Glynn Harvey (one of the top 3 re-sellers in the state) or one of the two major supermarkets. Every part of this supply chain adds costs to the food, which is passed onto the consumer. The increasing cost has led to the demise of the local fruit and vegetable shop as profit margins became unsustainable. This has created Food Deserts in low income areas such as Corio and Norlane, which only has 2 fruit and vegetable shops outside of the shopping centre for a population of 24,000.
Food_Skil proposes to bypass this broken system by growing our own, buying direct from local growers and creating affordable fresh food shops in low income areas.
About the tour
The tour will take in the shop, the market garden in a secret location and the smaller market garden at St Thomas Aqunus, Norlane. It will run for 1 hour.
MISSIONFoodskil is a social enterprise whose mission is to improve the health and well being of the residents of Corio and Norlane through increasing access to affordable fresh fruit and vegetables; to create opportunities for training and employment and to increase skills and knowledge around fresh and healthy food. Food Alliance and Vic Health A Resilient Fruit and Vegetable Supply for a Healthy Victoria, Christine Kettings and Andrew J. Sinclair, School of Exercise and Nutrition Science, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria Melanie Voevodin, Nestlé Healthcare Nutrition, Melbourne, Victoria A healthy diet consistent with Australian health recommendations is too expensive for welfare-dependent families.
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