combining farmland potential
with human potential.

"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.

In The News

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

Mildura Community
Water Bank

“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

Mildura Community Water Bank will be an innovative venture to assist small-scale farmers in securing water at a reasonable, stable price, to be launched in the second half of 2020.

Website coming soon.

Why 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.

What We do

Visions & Objectives

The primary object of Food Next Door is to relieve 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, by supporting these groups to re-engage in farming and grow food, including their traditional foods.

This will be achieved by, amongst other things:

• Sourcing and negotiating access to land for the groups to use for farming
• Providing ongoing assistance and support to the groups to farm the land.
• Creating new distribution channels for the groups to sell their produce.

Our secondary objects are to:

· Strengthen overall community cohesion in the long term.
· Build our soils and encourage regenerative farming practices.
· Increase the number of small-scale farms to provide high quality produce to local markets, and
· Strengthen local food economies through diversification of produce.

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.

Pilot Projects

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.

Find out more about Out of the Box here!

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

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.

Deborah Bogenhuber Photo

Deborah Bogenhuber

Executive Officer

Ben Dunn photo

Ben Dunn

Chairperson & Co-Founder

Reece Cameron Photo

Reece Cameron

Director & Co-Founder

Sevilla Furness-Holland photo

Sevilla Furness-Holland

Director & Co-Founder

Kubota Songa photo

Kubota Songa


Peter Webb Photo

Peter Webb

Grower's Mentor

Our Advisory Board

Click on the respective photgraphs to learn more about our dynamic Advisory Board.
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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, kindly click here.
If you’d like to try a week of Out of the Box’s fresh subscription produce, look here.

our facebook page

Thanks for championing us, Sustain: The Australian Food Network. Thank you for all the good work you do and all the support you give to the many others doing the good work. Together we are creating a better world 🌏🌱🙏🏼We are huge admirers of Food Next Door Co-op - and so it's a great honour to welcome them as the newest organisational member of Sustain! Your support means a massive amount to us. We are stronger together! And we can only transform the #foodsystem in #Australia by working #together.

To become a member - which now means making a #solidarity contribution to #PayTheRent, a discount on Biofilta #Foodcubes, free attendance at our #webinars and (for Melbs peeps) a discount on Melbourne Food Hub #GrowSourceEat parcels, visit our bio or

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