Local producers Tony and Di Coe are certified organic banana growers.
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Focusing on food at forum

A COFFS Coast Food Forum will bring together the local industry to discuss the future of the local food economy.

Hosted by Southern Cross University (SCU), the forum will bring together local food producers, marketers and suppliers to discuss the sustainable development of a regional food economy.

Rose Wright, manager of SCU’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management’s Tourism Extension Unit, said the Coffs Coast Food Forum was the first phase of a strategic response to the development of regional food economies in the Coffs Coast region.

“The forum is designed to appeal to a diverse group of people involved in the production, marketing, supply and use of regional food,” Ms Wright said.

“We want to provide an innovative environment to discuss the challenges and opportunities in the region.

The Coffs Coast Food Forum aims to provide an opportunity for people to discuss the diverse range of initiatives already in place and strategies to build a regional food economy that links agricultural production, food manufacturing and tourism.”

Joe Pearce, who runs Mid North Coast Farm advisory services, said the establishment of networks, support services and general recognition of regional diversity, were vital components of community resilience, self reliance and sustainability.

“During my time in the agricultural sector, I have witnessed young farmers and emerging small businesses struggle and in some cases fall through the cracks, largely, as a result of inadequate support, market awareness and networking facilities,” Mr Pearce said.

The forum will be held at SCU’s Coffs Harbour campus on Tuesday, June 29, in the O Block lecture theatre from 9am to 1pm.

RSVP the Tourism Extension Unit on 6626 9431 or tourism. extension@scu.edu.au with your name and contact details.

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