The Locavore Edition is an significant step to impact arising from the conversations and concepts from our Local Food Challenge. The future of food certainly tastes better, together.
At last year's workshop during the Queensland IDEAS festival which incorporated shortlisted ideas from our
Local Food Challenge,
there were many conversations and concepts developed around the issue of transparency and online connectivity between producers and consumers. Many of the projects or programs shortlisted in the
were contingent on accessing an underlying ‘platform’ of content to document producer activity and map out product offerings on a regional basis.
Edited and published by our dynamic Australian co-ordinator during the Local Food Challenge, Ewan McEoin, The Locavore Edition has scoured Victoria state to showcase growers, producers and providers. They're building a
of sustainable, accessible local produce and the people out there growing it. The
features opinions, features and interviews which allow viewers to explore the ideas, issues and actions shaping the future of our food supply – from the local to the global. Plus there's a
which gives a weekly roundup of issues, events, opportunities and happenings.
"Our aim is to inspire Australians and international visitors to consider new (or old) ideas and perspectives, and to think more clearly about the future food systems we want to create. This reawakening to the value of quality produce and the valuable role that is played by the people that grow it needs to be nurtured and supported. It holds huge economic and social potential for farmers, small businesses and regional communities across Australia.
We are excited by the economic, social and ecological potential of regional food systems that could create a brighter future. We like good food. We like the idea of a better future." – The Locavore Edition
A further output from the Locavore team is
The Field Guide to Victorian Produce.
The book makes it easy for anyone to be a locavore, to access quality produce from their food region, or to enjoy regional food tourism by going direct to the source. It also connects growers to new markets by providing a platform for them to tell their story and sell their goods. In the name of localism and authenticity it celebrates quality regional produce, farming and a healthy life.
Packed with great stories, recommendations by locals, stunning illustrations, handy maps and two indexes, the Guide provides a valuable addition to the Victorian food sector. By sharing the stories of over 300 Victorian growers, producers and providers, the Guide helps to build connectivity in a valuable sector of our community. It aims to bring transparency, authenticity and provenance to the foreground.
The Locavore Field Guides intends to spread its wings beyond Victoria and is looking to New South Wales next. You can keep up to date with their progress via their
pages. We trust the OpenIDEO community will join us in applauding the Locavore Edition as a significant step to impact arising from the conversations and concepts on our Local Food Challenge. The future of food certainly tastes better, together.