"Nurturing land, nourishing people"

Food Next Door matches under-utilised farmland with landless farmers to support small-scale regenerative farming, growing diverse crops & engaging people from diverse backgrounds to supply food to local households.

Food Next Door is an initiative with the goal of relieving the suffering or distress suffered by newly arrived migrants and refugee groups, particularly those without access to land and living in rural and regional areas.

We're working hard to solve this issue by supporting these groups to re-engage in farming and grow food, including their traditional foods.

This will be achieved by, amongst other things:

Our secondary objects are to:

Pilot Projects

Food Next Door’s vision is for under-utilised and vacant farmland to be transformed into productive foodscapes using regenerative farming practices.

We are establishing a community demonstration farm based in Mildura, north-west Victoria, to progress this vision.

What's a Co-Op?

Co-operatives are organisations owned by members for the benefit of members. 

They are different from other organisations because their priority is to have social and economic impact. Food Next Door also aims to have an environmental impact.

Co-ops around the world are guided by the Co-Operative Principles, which include democracy, open and inclusive voluntary membership, concern for community, and education.

Interested in becoming a member of Food Next Door?

– Join Us.
– Download a copy of our Rules.

In The News

We’re picking up plenty of media coverage in our mission. Check out what’s being said!

OUR ECO‑SYSTEM

We exist as a piece in a puzzle, working hard to connect the links between planting seeds to selling (and eating!) produce.

Out of the Box

Food Next Door run a weekly local produce box to supply our community with local produce grown by small-scale regenerative farmers.

The enterprise is based on three connected principles:

· Fair returns to growers
· Building community, and
· Regenerating our soils.

Get a box of fresh local produce weekly or fortnightly.
Casual boxes also available.

Mildura community water bank

Mildura Community Water Bank helps small-scale farmers access an affordable price on water to help them grow organic, sustainable produce without the pressures of commodified water pricing.

“This project is very important for the local community, helping the small-scale farmers to get access to affordable irrigation water for their farms to produce local fresh crops, to produce vegetables at a reasonable price that is affordable by everyone.”

– Jules Kangeta, Project Manager

Our Values

Nurturing

Food Next Door works to care for the land through growing, distributing and sharing food.

Community

We work to build community through growing, distributing and sharing food.

inclusion

We include people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, gender and sexual identity, and age, who contribute as farmer and producer, consumer,
volunteer and landholder-members.

We welcome contributions from all Co-op members.

respect

We respect and acknowledge the knowledge and skills of all members. We respect and acknowledge the Traditional Owners on whose land we work. 

We recognise their knowledge and skills in actively managing our land and waters for millennia. 

Co-operation

We seek ways to work together.

Our Team

We’re run by community minded leaders – Passionate, Knowledgable and Hardworking.
Click on our respective photographs to learn more about the team behind Food Next Door.
Ben Dunn Photo

Ben Dunn

CHAIRPERSON & CO‑FOUNDER

Darryl Lang photo

Darryl Lang

Director

Deborah Bogenhuber Photo

Deborah Bogenhuber

Secretary & Co‑Founder

Joel Sindayigaya

Co‑Founder

Kubota Songa photo

Kubota Songa

Director

Peter Webb Photo

Peter Webb

Former Grower's Mentor

Reece Cameron Photo

Reece Cameron

Director & Co‑Founder

Rob Brown

Director

Sevilla Furness-Holland photo

Sevilla Furness-Holland

Director & Co‑Founder

Our Advisory Board

Click on the respective photgraphs to learn more about our dynamic Advisory Board.
Dr Ann Apps Photo

Dr Ann Apps

Advisory Board Member

Dr Fabiola Barba Ponce photo

Dr Fabiola Barba Ponce

Advisory Board Member

Dr Natarsha Klocker

Dr Natascha Klocker

Advisory Board Member

Dr Sidsel Grimstad photo

Dr Sidsel Grimstad

Advisory Board Member

Olivia Dun photo

Olivia Dun

Advisory Board Member

Sam Byrne

Sam Byrne

Advisory Board Member

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We’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to join Food Next Door Co-Op as a member,
or if you’d like to try a week of Out of the Box’s fresh subscription produce, kindly click here.