Farm to Organisation – Central West NSW
Regional Development Australia Central West NSW has launched ‘Farm to Organisation’ – a first of its kind project in Australia – part of an embryonic movement in the region supporting, not just regional economic development, but also social and environmental development.
Farm to Organisation (Farm to Org.) is about creating new pathways for regional producers and farmers, within the Central West NSW region, to market directly to local organisations and institutions.
The ultimate outcome of this project will be for local organisations and institutions, such as schools, hospitals, universities, aged care homes, disability providers as well as local supermarkets, clubs, restaurants and cafes to buy more of their food and food products from within the Central West NSW region. The key objective is to grow our regional food economy to become more sustainable whilst simultaneously growing the health and resilience of the region.
Cadia Valley Operations, the funding partner for the project has provided a commitment to support the initiative through to 2020.
Charles Sturt University (CSU) is the research partner for the project. With several campuses in the Central West, NSW region, CSU are providing strong research support and also exploring ways to increase their purchasing of local produce.
A new Farm to Organisation website, along with social media channels, will become live soon. A link to the new website will be posted here.
In the meantime, we are continuing to grow the Farm to Organisation Network. If you are an interested producer, organisation, institution or community member please sign up below to stay informed.
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