One Planet Living - Local and sustainable food

The way food is grown, transported, sold, stored and consumed has a dramatic impact on the natural environment as well as human health.

Sourcing more food locally, eating food that is in season, and growing food at home are all ways to reconnect people to more sustainable food practices.

About 20% of food purchased by Australians is thrown away each year, at an average cost of $1,000 per household. Reestablishing a connection between the production and consumption of food could have a huge impact on waste and household living expenses.

Council has led and supported a wide range of initiatives to better inform the community about healthy and more sustainable food options. These projects are underpinned by the Geelong Health and Wellbeing Plan 2013-2017 and the Food Policy, endorsed in 2015.

Key recent actions
Action Description Impact
Community gardens

Community gardens are places where people come together to grow food and learn the skills of fruit and vegetable growing. Council offers advice for community members interested in starting their own community garden, building on the experience of one of the 13 highly successful examples across Geelong.

Encourage people to be physically active and offer a place for people to put down roots. Not only do they connect people with plants, food and culture, most importantly they connect community.There are 13 active community gardens in Geelong.
Food Access and Support booklet

This 2016 booklet outlines the many organisations that offer food programs and showcases the wide range of food access options operating in Geelong.

Covering energy, food access, community gardens, food swaps and local markets, the booklet helps residents select and access healthy food options.

Geelong Lutheran College GLC environment and sustainability project

A school garden that produces vegetables, fruit, fish and eggs. This project was funded by CoGG’s Environment and Sustainability Grants Program.

Students learn about vegetable and orchard gardening, healthy eating, seasonal produce, zero carbon food, photosynthesis and biology. Heritage gardening and aquaponics facilitate the study of water sustainability, water health and soil.

Highton Preschool Centre Incorporated Growing and Cooking

The educators and children grow fruit and vegetables in an onsite garden, watered from the school rainwater tank. This project was funded by CoGG’s Environment and Sustainability Grants Program.

By cooking with the produce they grow, students learn to use what is in season and make healthy meals. This project allows students to experience the One Planet Living principles first hand.

Highlight project - Environment and Sustainability Grants Program

This Program assists community organisations to deliver projects that support One Planet Living principals, including ‘Local and Sustainable Food’.

The Geelong East Primary School Food Wall project was funded in 2016/17. The resulting food wall incorporates an advanced wicking garden bed that requires minimal time and cost to setup, and substantially less maintenance compared to conventional garden beds. The garden serves as a sustainable living learning tool. The school and community are able to learn where their food comes from, how to recycle nutrients and how to harvest rainwater. Learning the basic skills to grow healthy, organic produce in an efficient, compact space assists in shaping the attitudes of students a towards sustainable living.

Page last updated: Thursday, 1 June 2017