The team behind Northern Rivers Food Links.
The team behind Northern Rivers Food Links.

Food for thought workshops

WITH the vision of transforming the way we eat, shop and approach food, Northern Rivers Food Links will be holding a second series of workshops next week.

Andrew Woods, the local government project officer on the Northern Rivers Food Links project, is facilitating the creation of one ‘Village Showcase’ project in each of the seven participating local government areas in the Northern Rivers – Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Richmond, Kyogle, Lismore and Clarence Valley.

“The village showcases are community food systems projects and could include new or existing community gardens, farmers’ markets, city farms, Permablitz home garden projects, urban orchards, food swaps or hort-therapy gardens,” Andrew said.

“There is $50,000 for each Village Showcase, which equates to $350,000 across the region.

“I’m currently running information workshops for community stakeholders; the key is community groups collaborating, working together to develop a ‘cluster’ proposal so the benefits to community as a whole can be multiplied.”

This will be the second series of workshops to be conducted in the Valley and, based upon what he has seen at previous meetings, Andrew is fairly excited about what is in store for the Clarence.

“So far the reaction has been really positive,” he said.

“While the project applications themselves are confidential, I can say that whoever is successful in the Clarence Valley will do great things for the community.

“We are working toward keeping food production local and reducing the carbon footprint that food production creates.

“I feel that we have had such a positive response because people are all connected by food; it is something that is constant in the community and has such passion associated with it.”

The next workshops in our region will be held on June 11 at the Maclean Services Club from 2pm to 4pm. The public is invited to attend in order to collaborate and bounce ideas off one another.

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