Local producers refresh

GROWERS, retailers, wholesalers, processors, educators and consumers were among the 29 people who attended Coffs Harbour City Council's Local Food Futures Forum on Tuesday.

Members of the enthusiastic group wasted no time in bouncing new ideas off each other regarding ways to strengthen the local food supply system.

Everyone at the meeting has been signed up to an e-newsletter and three projects have been given top priority for the next steps to take.

These are branding and recognition of local produce; consumer education and awareness of the benefits and flavours of locally grown and in-season food, and a database or some kind of directory of the local food supply chain to connect consumers, retailers and suppliers.

The co-ordinator of the meeting, Coffs Harbour City Council economic development officer for industry development Kristina Cooke, said they were now looking to develop working groups to drive those three projects.

“Whilst there are many barriers to overcome, the group was positive there were ways we could all make a difference,” Kristina said.

She said if they got it right the benefits would include improved health by eating fresher produce; a closer, friendlier community; reduced carbon pollution through less transportation of produce; increased local employment; improved resilience to external pressures in the long term; and increased food security for the region.  

  • If you are interested in being part of a working group please contact Kristina Cooke 6648 4089 or by email: kristina.cooke@chcc.nsw.gov.au

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