Further to the Relocalising our Food Project, on 21st October we gathered a group of business and community leaders at the Whangarei Library to talk about the process from here. Some great ideas emerged including:
- Potentially working in to supply increase the supply of local food to institutions like the hospitals, restaurants etc and what sort of infrastructure would be required
- Ideas around enhancing access to fresh local food in Whangarei via the Tikipunga market and potentially a mobile food truck for those without access to markets
- Enthusiasm over establishing a local directory/software portal
- Local food demonstrations at the Saturday Whangarei Growers Market (these are starting on 5th December)
- R & D work for new foods that can be grown locally taking local food and preparing/processing local food in new ways
- Collaboration with CBEC over bringing local food content into their current work in schools
- Potential for working with local health providers to deliver food education – growing, preparing and serving – with families caught in poverty and poor health/obesity
- The potential for appropriate connections to local government through the enthusiastic representatives of WDC and FNDC who attended
We have set up a website called localfoodnorthland.org to promote these ideas.
Since the meeting we have done considerable work on addressing the next steps around developing a governance structure and structure for tax free donations (we have a Trust Deed prepared ready to set up a Charitable trust), creating a business plan to enable partnering organisations to see exactly how their resources are proposed to be used, and defining the specific projects, objectives and rolls required to accomplish our mission.
This business plan will be available for public scrutiny shortly. Thanks so much to those who have contributed to this process – collaborative project development works! If you would like to help with this or any aspect of the project please contact us. Jeff, Peter, Sean and myself have been the main instigators so far but thanks too to Bindy, Lisa, Anne, Sylvia, Ross and others for their assistance, suggestions and editing work.