WE’RE PART OF THE moving feast collective …

… couldN’t be prouder

Moving Feast is a group of organisations growing, cooking and delivering meals to the people who need it most in these very challenging times.

We’ve been working with STREAT, CERES, Common Ground Project, Community Grocer, Cultivating Community, Fruit2Work, Open Food Network, ACRE, Collingwood Children’s Farm, ASRC Catering, Kinfolk, 3000 Acres, Good Cycles, Whittlesea Food Collective, Laneway, Free to Feed and RMIT’s Bowen Street Press to bring culturally appropriate food boxes and meals to our communities.

We’re hard at work making things a little easier for those who are doing it tough, including these new initiatives…

Connecting small scale farmers with consumers

Many of the makers, growers, farmers, orchardists, producers and small businesses we work with every week have experienced a massive drop in orders from the restaurant, café and catering trade due to Covid-19 restrictions.  We’ve been able to connect these regional producers with the Moving Feast project, purchasing tonnes of produce that had no-where else to go, and channelling it to the kitchens making delicious food for community members.  This has been a vital avenue of income for producers.

A SEA OF CORN …

“We’ve been running our family farm since the 60’s growing baby corn, sweet corn, asparagus, broad beans, snow peas and butternut pumpkins.  When we started out we sold everything to the supermarkets but we realised that wasn’t the best for us a while back.  Now we supply about 100 restaurants and sell fresh veggies at the farmers markets every week.” 

“With Covid the restaurants cut back and then stopped ordering within a week, we lost a lot of baby corn – there was no point picking it, I just ploughed it back in.  I was very, very pleased that the Farmers Markets didn’t close, we would have been in trouble without them.  Then they bought a whole lot of corn and some other produce and that really kept us going.  It was all used for Moving Feast.” 

John, JONELLA FARM, Cardinia VIC

Creating new urban garden beds

Melbourne Farmers Market has invested in new garden beds at Alphington Community Farmgate and has partnered with DIVRS and Cultivating Community to grow fresh produce on-site specifically for the Moving Feast kitchens to access

Reducing waste

We’ve also been able to take bulk surplus produce off farmers hands, fruit and vegetables that would otherwise have gone to waste, and channel this into the Moving Feast project.

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS AN UGLY POTATO …

 “I’ve got 50 acres out here but we only use about 5 acres each year so that the land gets a break.  We grow a big range of crops: melon, tomato, cucumber, cabbage, broccoli, silverbeet, lettuce, kale and more.  This was my Dad’s Dairy farm, he started in 1961 and only retired 10 years ago.  I switched to veggies and sold most of the produce through the wholesale system.  In 2009 I took my first load of produce to a Farmers Market at Collingwood and I’ve been doing it ever since.  I go to a Farmers Market every Saturday and Sunday in summer, if I’ve got excess I try and go to more.

I grew some Sweet Potato this year, planted it in November ready to harvest in April.  With any crop there is always a little waste – some of the sweet potato get damaged during harvest, or they’re really small… or really big.  Melbourne Farmers Market bought the sweet potato seconds and channelled them into the Moving Feast project, I was happy they could be used.

We would have lost allour incom e if the Farmers Markets had closed during Covid restrictions, because of them we’ve had constant sales and been able to keep going.”

Mark, SAVE OUR SOILS, Kyabram VIC

Urban food depot

Our site, Alphington Community Farmgate, has become a drop off and collection point for growers and kitchens so that regional producers can easily deliver their wares and the Moving Feast kitchens have easy access to ingredients for the meals they prepare for families. 

We had kitchens that were usually trading hundreds of meals a day, all of a sudden doing zero.  Moving Feast has been a great way to keep our people in jobs and use our kitchens.  At times we’ve prepared 500 meals a week for Moving Feast.  Today Vegetarian Curry with rice, tomorrow Chinese inspired stir-fry.  We don’t always know exactly what produce we’ll be getting but we are nimble and flexible and ready to make culturally appropriate meals for our community.” 

Jarrod, KINFOLK, not-for-profit café, Melbourne

Melbourne Farmers Markets are all about food access and sustainability.  We want more people eating fresh, local produce, and more small-scale farmers making a living from their land.  The Moving Feast team estimates that over 10% of our population will need emergency food support as we work out how to live through this global pandemic.  We want to be part of the solution now, but also work towards better systems and policy for the future, so that Victorians are in a better place to deal with food related challenges.

You can be part of making a better food system in Victoria.  Buy local, buy fresh (hopefully at your closest Farmers Market!), plant a little extra to share with your neighbours.  If you can, support Moving Feast with a donation so we can keep up our support to the people who are struggling.

Visit the MOVING FEAST website for more.