The Future of Sydney’s Food Bowl

The Future of Sydney’s Food Bowl

The Sydney Food Bowl is slowly disappearing due to housing creep, increased pressure from supermarkets wanting ‘cheaper’ fruit & veg so encouraging ‘industrial’ large scale farming away from the city centres – food miles increase, natural resources are challenged, packaging increases, food security an issue as food supply centralises and only a few have control of it.

Local produce does not mean it is expensive. This is a misnoma. With lower food miles, less packaging, and the money you spend buying local produce it goes back into the local economy not sent overseas.

The farmer spends their money in their community. Buying machinery, paying their way.

We at Harvest Hub have for 7 years supported local growers as we are passionate about saving the Sydney Food Bowl.

We purchase seasonally around , sometimes more,80% local and the rest Australia wide.

The produce is supermarket price competitive, not stored and picked within 48 hours of delivery to your pick up point.

There are many many people working to keep our Food Bowl and so in turn our Food security. If we don’t maintain our local growers we run a grave risk of large industrial farming centralising food supply, control of it centralised and profits not staying in Australia. With Climate changing supporting local becomes imperative otherwise we will loose the ability to have an independent, clean and safe food supply.

Take a look at the UTS video made on

The Future of Sydney’s Food Bowl

Local Produce

Local Produce

This week we have 12 produce in Value Bag from Local growers.

see Value Bag

Sprayfree

  • Kale
  • Cucumber
  • Baby Cos
  • Shallots
  • Zucchini

Bilpin

Royal Gala Apples

FACT: In Bilpin there were 43 apple growers now there are only 2 selling commercially.

Please support out local farmers. When you purchase your fruit and veg look to see where it comes from and ask is it in season – not stored. We need to actively save our Sydney Food Bowl from being squashed by imports and long storage of fresh food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support local bee producers?

Support local bee producers?

Bees pollinate around 70% of the fruit and vegetables, whilst our birds (even the Cockatoos play a role here cracking open seeds) ABC RN discussion Friday 22 August 2014 where they mention the role of birds in polination.

Bees dropping off

It seems that due to the number of bees dropping off some of our major suppliers are importing from Turkey what they call “honey”, as was the case with Bera Foods brand, Hi Honey which showed to contain C4 sugar, that is likely to be corn syrup.

Local Beekeepers

So the upshot here is to buy local and support those keepers who are making the effort to produce. They may be slightly more expensive but well worth keeping them in business Bees at the Boxand maintaining the colonies of bees that we have and the integrity of the honey industry like the Wollemi Honey we provide from the Wollemi National Park.

Sustainability Festival

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Great weekend at the Manly Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival Thanks for all the Harvest Hub members who volunteered their time to help at the Harvest Hub Produce Stall at the Manly, Food, Wine & Sustainability Festival. Pascal came by and … Continue reading

Manly Vale Community Garden OPEN DAY

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Manly Vale Community Garden Family Fun Day Harvest Hub have been providing a fundraiser for the Manly Vale Community Garden since September 2012 with great success raising over $6,000 toward the garden. On Saturday 24th May 2014 Harvest Hub held … Continue reading

Goldilocks spuds – just right!

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The story of Spuds ……   Goldilocks travelling in the Maitland area, finding these Sebago potatoes, “Ah! They’re just right.” Where the ‘ spuds ‘ Sebago potatoes are grown? Two hours north of Sydney there is a town with 68,000 people … Continue reading

Super Local Broccoli

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Super Local Broccoli Here is the first of our local ‘Super’ Broccoli, but because Joey is picking only limited numbers at this stage, we’ve put them on as a Feature Veg rather than put it in everyone’s bag. These stalks … Continue reading