Wednesday, September 9, 2020

We need your feedback and ideas for the Moreland Food System Strategy!

Calling all food growers, swappers, sharers, educators, recyclers and entrepreneurs - however you are involved in Moreland's food system we want to hear from you!

The Moreland Food System Strategy is turning three! The illustration below celebrates some highlights of what the local food community and Council have achieved together during 2017-2020.

We invite you to reflect on the reflect on the progress of the strategy through our Food System Survey. What have we achieved and learned? What could we do better?

We also want to know what you think we should be doing in the next 4 years of the strategy.

You can access the survey here:

Be quick - the survey is only open until Wednesday 11 November! The feedback we receive through the survey will be used to help build a new 2020-2024 implementation plan. 

You will need to refer to the diagram above to complete the survey. The background information below provides additional context to help with answering the questions. You may also like to refer to the Food System Strategy

Background Information

Principles / Assumptions (see page 3 and 33 of the Food System Strategy)
  • Our vision of a sustainable, just and vibrant local food system in Moreland is critical to the health, wellbeing and resilience of the Moreland community
  • Implementation of the strategy will cover the full breadth of food system components, from growing, processing, distribution, access, consumption and disposal
  • Strong community partnerships and collaboration, together with human rights and equity principles, must underpin the implementation plan
  • System change of this scale and complexity needs a cross-Council response, as well as collaboration and advocacy with research institutions, peak bodies and other levels of governments
  • Urban food systems research and knowledge is rapidly evolving. Implementation of the strategy needs to remain responsive and relevant without compromising the long-term strategic intent and goals 
  • The goals of the food system strategy are intentionally ambitious and aspirational. Council and the community need to share data about the impacts and benefits of food system initiatives and build the evidence base to design future projects and attract funding
  • Council has committed to support a further 4 years to implement the strategy, including a 4 day per week Food System Officer and $35,000 annually to put towards networking, capacity building, projects and monitoring and evaluation. If further funding is required, this will need to be sought each year through the annual Council budget application process and / or external sources. We need to identify and prioritise strategic opportunities and be creative with resources and partnerships to ensure we maximise our investment and impact.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Zero Waste Cooking on a Budget On-line Event

You are invited to a zero-waste cook-a-long from your kitchen! Learn three zero-waste recipes and other tips to get the most out of your fresh produce and money.

In this family friendly interactive workshop, you are invited to zoom in from your kitchen to learn zero waste recipes and easy tips to keep your produce fresh and lasting longer.

This event is part of a series hosted by Moreland City Council and Jesuit Social Services’s Ecological Justice Hub. Together, we are inviting community members to consider issues of waste, food, society and sustainability.

You'll receive the list of ingredients prior to the event so you can follow along from home. All recipes will be vegan, halal, nut and gluten free.

Date: Saturday 29 August
Time: 10am - 12pm

This is a FREE event but places are limited and you must register via Eventbrite to attend. You will be emailed the on-line event details

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Community Climate Action Series July- November 2020

Neighbours United for Climate Action (NUCA) and Newlands Parents for Climate Action are hosting a series of Community Climate Action events.

The first session is representatives from Farmers for Climate Action talking about the movement of farmers and rural Australians who are working to ensure farmers are a key part of the solutions to mitigate the effects of climate damage. The session is free, and will be held online via Zoom on Saturday 11th July at 2pm. The Zoom link is:

Monday, June 15, 2020

COVID-19 and Food Systems: impact, response and pathways to transformation

Join us for an on-line panel discussion on Thursday 18 June 6 - 8pm about how COVID-19 has upended food supply chains, changing the way we eat and what we waste. Hosted by Jesuit Social Services’ Ecological Justice Hub in partnership with Moreland City Council. Our esteemed panelists include:
  • Maree Grenfell, Creative Resilience Lab
  • Dr Jen Rae - Fair Share Fare and Fawkner Commons
  • Kate Archdeacon - Executive Officer, Victorian Farmers Market Association
  • Dr Rachel Carey - Lecturer in Food Systems in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Tammi Jonas, farmer Jonai Farms and President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.
Cost $10 / $5 concession + booking fee. All proceeds go towards the Ecological Justice Hub’s food relief program.

Bookings can be made here

For more information see:

Monday, February 17, 2020

CERES Harvest Festival 2020

Celebrating and giving thanks to the good earth, our farmers and the cycle of the seasons.
Come and celebrate at the CERES Harvest Festival on Saturday 28th March 2020.

CERES Harvest Festival offers a range of entertainment with live music, cultural performances, free workshops, animal displays, giant veggie growing competition and kid’s activities. All this alongside food and craft stalls from our most loved local merchants.

Bring your whole family along to the Harvest Festival celebrations.

Entry is $5 (online) or $7 at the gate.* Kids are free. 

*All proceeds go towards keeping CERES awesome

CERES Community Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.

A little bit of country right here in the city.  

For more information contact 9389 0100 or visit

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Help us create a new Community Food Hub for the north of Moreland!

Fawkner Open Table Lunch - Photo courtesy of Cara Rixon

Moreland Council has commenced a project looking at the feasibility of establishing a community food hub in the north of Moreland. This is an action in the Food System Strategy 2017 – 2020, which responds to the issue of food security, particularly in our northern suburbs which have the least food secure communities in Moreland.

Last year we mapped over 33 community groups and organisations involved in food activities in north Moreland. We will draw from this strong base of community resources and skills, as well as from the amazing work taking place across Moreland and beyond to deliver community-led outcomes for this project.

We have engaged a team with excellent community engagement and food systems skills and knowledge to work with key stakeholders and the broader community to explore how a community food hub could support and increase the impact and viability of food security efforts in Moreland’s north.

The team consists of local resident Jen Rae from Fair Share Fare, who will lead the consultation process which will take place February – March 2020. Jen will work closely with Jen Sheridan from Open Food Network, who will lead the research, concept development and feasibility assessment with support from the Open Food Network team.

There are 5 x 2 hour day and evening codesign workshops taking place, facilitated by Jen Rae, Jen Sheridan and Kirsten Larsen (Open Food Network Australia). Anyone interested in learning about community food hubs is invited to attend this interactive workshop where you can contribute ideas with others to help shape a vision and inform a concept design for a local food hub in the north.

Thursday 27 February
Hope Centre Glenroy, 93-95 Station Road, Glenroy
    1. 2-4pm
    2. 6-8pm
Friday 28 February
Fawkner Bowling Club, 2 Creedon Street, Fawkner
    3. 1-3pm (WOMEN ONLY)
    4. 6-8pm
Saturday 29 February
Fawkner Bowling Club, 2 Creedon Street, Fawkner
    5. 1-3pm 

Registrations are essential, and you can register your attendance at any of these sessions through this link

Light refreshments will be served. 

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