Local and sustainable food

Women and babies in veggie patch

Overview

From community gardens and innovative food businesses, to regenerative farming and good retail – our community has shown that local and sustainable food is important in the Surf Coast Shire.

In response, Council has put together a three year plan that outlines actions we can take to put ourselves in a healthy position for the future – through a sustainable local food system that is supported and celebrated.

Below are some Council and community initiatives that are supporting local food on the Surf Coast.

Sustainable Food Events and Workshops

Council hosts a number of FREE workshops and events from garden design and seasonal planting, to pruning and preserving as part of our Home Grown Series. Go to our events page to find a list of upcoming events and workshops you can get involved in.

To keep up to date with all the latest local foodie news and events, sign up to our e-newsletter.

For any further information or questions about the ‘home grown series’, contact councils’ Local Food & Sustainability Officer on (03) 5261 0600. 

Community Gardens

Being involved in a community garden has many benefits from learning new skills and expanding your knowledge of gardening, to providing you with opportunities to meet new people and share fresh fruit and vegetables, it can also help keep you fit and active.

Keen to visit or join one of our local community gardens? See our list of Community Gardens in the Surf Coast and their contact details.

Farmers Markets in the Surf Coast Shire

Eating locally produced food means getting food that's grown in sync with the seasons, is fresher, requires less energy to produce and transport, and supports local producers. It alleviates the reliance on long-distance transport and refrigeration of foods that are grown thousands of kilometres away.

Farmers markets are a great place to buy locally produced food and the Surf Coast is home to some of the regions best local farmers markets.

Commercial kitchens for hire

Whether you’re needing to preserve that excess harvest from your garden, or interested in starting a home based artisan food business, Council has a range of buildings with kitchen facilities that are available for hire.
For further information call Council on 52610 0600

Recycling your food waste

Council is actively trying to reduce the amount of household food waste unnecessarily going to landfill.

We’re currently running a food organics collection pilot in Anglesea, whereby all food scraps (including fruits and vegetables, meat, dairy, bread and bones) that would usually put into the landfill bin, now go into the kerbside green waste bin along with garden waste.

Pending the results and outcomes from the pilot, Council will consider expanding the pilot program to other areas within the municipality.

If you’re not a resident of the trial area, don’t worry, you can still recycle your food waste at home by composting or worm farming. It’s fun for the family and simple to do once you get the hang of it. 

If you wish to know more about composting, worm farming or how to reduce your waste at home, sign up to the Home Grown workshop series, these FREE workshops and events cover a wide range of topics from composting to cooking with carrot tops.

Sustainable Food Policies and Strategies

Council recognises that we play a role in supporting food security and sustainable food in the Surf Coast Shire. Below is a list of documents that outline councils initiatives.

Edible Landscapes Initiatives 2014(PDF, 3MB)
Local Food Program 2018-2021(PDF, 2MB)
Council Plan 2017-2021