The University of Newcastle, Australia

Academics Invited to Advisory Board of Food Next Door Co-operative

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Food Next Door advisory board welcome Faculty academics

In 2019, Dr. Sidsel Grimstad (Newcastle Business School) and Ann Apps (Newcastle Law School) were invited to join the Advisory Board of the Food Next Door Co-operative, located in Mildura, Victoria.

Food Next Door matches under-utilised farmland with landless farmers to support small-scale regenerative farming, growing diverse crops and engaging people from diverse backgrounds to supply food to local households. Food Next Door is focussed on relieving the distress suffered by newly arrived migrants and refugee groups, by supporting these groups to re-engage in farming activities and grow food crops, including their traditional foods. The co-op assists farmers to gain access to underutilised land and water and to develop new distribution channels. The co-op provides veggie-box subscriptions for local consumers, an initiative which has been very successful during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Strategic Planning Group of Food Next Door Co-operative. (January 2020)

In January 2020 Sidsel participated in a Strategic Planning Weekend in Mildura to provide input into the co-op’s future strategic direction. During her stay she also produced an educational video about this particular co-operative model; a multi-stakeholder co-op. Sidsel has used the video in her teaching and has shared it with others who are interested in using it in co-operative education.

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