Food links project 2021

Created: Friday, 05 March 2021
Food Links is a project initiated by Castlemaine Community House, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre and Newstead Community Garden to bolster community connections and gardens across our Shire. The project has received $10,000 of funding from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR).

The main aim of Food Links is to strengthen local food security through community collaboration and education, connecting people with existing community gardens. The project seeks to:
improve food growing skills in a changing climate
increase produce supply for food relief programs
strengthen links between our community gardens
increase active involvement in community garden care.

Food Links has two aspects. The first is to support garden leaders and volunteers at a local community garden level, and then to work with them to identify local needs and priorities for each community garden (eg. education, wider community engagement, identifying local food needs, etc).

The second will be to link gardens with one another, identify shared needs and opportunities, connect food needs to gardens (eg community lunches, food banks, food relief schemes) and increase awareness of community gardens across the region.

To start with, a Steering Committee will be gathered together, a Community Garden Project Worker will be engaged and promotion of the project, building community interest and energy, will get underway in earnest.

Something you'd like to be part of? Call 54752093 or email.

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Above: volunteers at Castlemaine Community House Garden; Newstead Community Garden.