Kathryn reported on the launch of the North East Local Food Strategy 2018-2022. It is available at http://beechworthhealthservice.com.au/wp-content/uploads/NE-Local-Food-Strategy_2018_2022_Final.pdf
Kathryn was very positive about both the process involved in creating the report and the final product and highlighted its great potential as a resource for community members and groups applying for funding to introduce or expand innovative local food strategies in the North East.
Next meeting Kathryn will report back on a meeting she is attending at Gateway Health on September 17th with Serenity Hill from Open Food Network. Serenity has funding through the Open Food Network to host an event in Wangaratta before July 2020 to ‘connect food producers and eaters, strengthen networks that help connect producers with consumers.’ Other BSFG members are welcome to attend.
Other topics discussed included Kathryn's bountiful garden beds at Benalla Health and the continuing popularity of the Grow Free cart where people can swap their home grown fruit, vegetables and seedlings. The cart is located at the Ray Sweeney Centre 45 Coster St Benalla. The innovative and highly valued 'wicking bed' project was also discussed - Kathryn mentioned that it will soon be time for the annual sharing of seeds and celebration of the wicking garden project at Waminda,
Kathryn is a member of the Benalla Health and Wellbeing group. Kathryn is concerned to ensure that the role a healthy diet, fresh foods and the activity of gardening can have on both physical and mental health, is incorporated in their discussions.
Local good news stories were shared. Kathryn shared information about Good Vibes Wholefoods Benalla's 'Fruit and Veggie Box'. The box, which costs $35, will contain seasonal fresh produce every week. The list will be posted on Facebook @goodvibesbenalla and orders can be confirmed on 0426828788, Main Street Cafe was commended on publishing a list of its local and regional suppliers - not only demonstrating support for local businesses, but a great way to reduce food miles travelled.
The group enjoys catching up and sharing news and views on a bimonthly basis at the Farmers Basket Cafe. They are looking for more action group members particularly in agriculture or environment sector - Kathryn will link with anyone who is unable to attend in person.
The next Benalla Local Food Network meeting will be the Wed 6th Nov 5:15 at Farmers Basket Café Benalla--all welcome
Coordinator Benalla Local Food Network Action Group
Dietitian Benalla Health 0357612219
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