Now in it’s thirteenth year of operations, Food Connect has already proven the local food hub model can work by providing direct markets for local, ecological farmers in Brisbane’s bioregion, while applying principles of Community Supported Agriculture.
The current food system in South East Queensland experiences incredible economic leakage due to a heavy industry and government focus on exports. From the small farmer on the Granite Belt to the transport and logistics operators, to the centralised market system, buying agents, wholesalers, processors, distributors, retailers, delivery services, to people’s plates, the consumer becomes increasingly unaware of the negative impacts of the food they consume everyday.
Food Connect is now looking to expand its operations to encompass a multi-enterprise local food hub, incorporating up to 20 independently-owned ethical businesses all under the one roof. The Food Connect Community Food Hub will be a strategic intervention in the local food distribution system.