Here’s some news from the Federal Govt and thankfully they are participating in giving a boost to the community knowledge that we are in transition (I think…).
22 May 2013 ————- the release ————
Community food organisations will receive a boost with a small grants program to help them grow, prepare and share food, as part of the National Food Plan which will be released this Saturday.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced the $1.5 million small grants program while visiting Northey Street City Farm with Labor Candidate for Brisbane, Fiona McNamara, today.
“It’s fantastic to see local communities like Brisbane growing, preparing and sharing food,” Minister Ludwig said.
“The Gillard Government will provide grants of up to $25,000 to support farmers markets, community gardens, city farms, food hubs, cooperatives and food rescue service projects to start up and expand.
“These organisations widen our access to new and interesting foods, support better health and lifestyles, increase food knowledge and support jobs by providing alternative ways to market products.
“Australia has an abundance of high-quality nutritious food but not all Australians have a balanced diet. Community gardens in particular are encouraging healthier food choices.
“A great example of this is the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, supported by the Gillard Government, which teaches primary school children how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh food.
“Community food also brings people together, builds cohesion and helps bridge the gap between farmers and consumers.”
Minister Ludwig said this program aimed to help overcome barriers to the establishment and improvement of community food initiatives.
“Many community food initiatives run on the good will and hard work of volunteers,” Minister Ludwig said.
“The Gillard Government wants to help community food initiatives to expand by partnering with them and providing funding for these projects.”
Up to $10,000 will be available for small scale initiatives such as community gardens, city farms or similar activities and up to $25,000 will be available for larger initiatives such as farmers markets, food rescue activities or similar activities.
A call for applications for the Community Food Initiative will be released soon.
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posted by Keep the Planet Liveable Tom.