Rosebud’s Function Group Australia has received $10,000 for a project to connect farmers and primary producers with restaurants, wineries and food stores. It is one of 17 projects in southeastern Melbourne that received a total of $132,600 from Sustainable Table’s Ripe For Change program.
The Function Group Australia’s Farm To Fork project will be led by an experienced chef and restaurateur and will create a food produce hub, delivery and logistics system that provides transparency around where the produce comes from. It will also explore opportunities to provide Peninsula charities with distribution support where possible.
Western Port Catchment Landcare Network’s regenerative agriculture training program received $14,510 to support farmers with training in identifying and implementing regenerative agriculture practices, in partnership with Mornington Peninsula Shire, Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority, and SESL Australia.
Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association was awarded $8280 for its Big Mob Community Garden, while Tracy Hardy, a Kamilaroi woman who founded Wattleseed Nutrition and Dietetics, secured $2000 to deliver workshops on nutrition science and traditional foods, one of which will be held in partnership with Willum Warrain.
Mornington Peninsula Landcare Network received $5000 for Victoria’s Most Unwanted, an online and hard-copy guide to help fruit and vegetable growers on the Peninsula and beyond recognise and organically control insect pests.
Ripe For Change also provided $2500 to help establish a community garden at Mt Martha House Community Centre as a community hub to promote health, well-being, and education on sustainable living and gardening practices.
Julie Bennet, a passionate Peninsula organic market gardener, received $1000 for her Seeds Are Free AU initiative, through which Julie sends gardeners season-specific seeds accompanied by instructions for growing and seed-saving. In return, Julie asks that participants let one plant go to seed, then share those seeds with others.