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:
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?
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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
Food Next Door works to care for the land through growing, distributing and sharing food.
We work to build community through growing, distributing and sharing food.
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.
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.
We seek ways to work together.
Click on our respective photographs to learn more about the team behind Food Next Door.
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