A collaboration between Sustain and Melbourne Farmers Markets, supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the Alphington Community Food Hub will be a place for everyone to connect to a healthy and flourishing local food system.
In the face of continued challenges to viability from the mainstream food system, the Food Hub will provide small-to-mid sized producers with access to larger markets – local restaurants, cafes and institutions – to increase their viability. It will also be a place for individuals and groups to learn new food skills as well as to grow, share, buy, cook and make healthy, fair food.
Key features of the Alphington Community Food Hub will include an accredited weekly farmers market, a commercial kitchen, co-working offices, a farmers’ depot, aggregation and distribution network, marketing and branding services, urban agriculture, and a workshop and events space.
The Food Hub will be established at Melbourne Innovation Centre, directly opposite Alphington train station, and will commence operations in July 2018.
The Food Hub team have been recruited and they are:
- Adam Perkins, Food Hub Manager
- Ange Barry, Business Development Manager
- Kate Sutton, Communications Coordinator
- Audrey Beard, Urban Agriculture Facilitator