A collaboration between Sustain and Melbourne Farmers Markets, supported by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the Melbourne 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 Melbourne 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 commenced operations in July 2018.
The Food Hub team have been recruited and they are:
- Adam Perkins, Food Hub Manager
Adam joins as the inaugural Food Hub Manager with the experience of many years in ‘Big Food’. Adam’s main focus is on leading and managing the project through its start-up phase and transitioning it to a viable, exciting centre of excellence for urban agriculture.
- Ange Barry, Business Development Manager
Best known for her recent success in leading and growing the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation as its CEO for 11 years, Ange joins us to drive the Business Development and future proofing of the project.
- Kate Sutton, Communications Coordinator
Kate has honed her skills in the commercial media world and brings a wealth of knowledge on how brands effectively communicate. Kate is excited to apply her expertise and strategic thinking to the exciting Food Hub project.
- Audrey Beard, Urban Agriculture Facilitator
Audrey is a self proclaimed passionate ‘green thumb’ with a background in organic market gardening, permaculture design and edible landscaping. Audrey is tasked with turning the site into an edible eden of produce and learning.