Case Studies

There are so many ways you can influence your local food environment, from creating community gardens or rooftop gardens, to facilitating the establishment of community networks or food festivals. Read about some innovative ideas in these case studies from Western Australia, Australia, America and Paris.

  • Cardinia Food Circles - a grass roots movement in Victoria driven by local people seeking to support and develop local solutions to challenges in food, farming and health.
  • Darebin Food Harvest Network - the creation of a website to assist and support community groups and individuals who are involved in, or interested in, sustainable food initiatives and/or improving food security.
  • Food for Thought Festival - fostering community connectedness by promoting sustainable, healthy, vibrant and fair food systems in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia.
  • Hawkesbury Food Program - strengthening links between the community and local food production, improving access to and consumption of safe, nutritious and affordable food in the Hawkesbury Region in New South Wales.
  • Healthy Communities Plan - a partnership between the local council and local organisations to develop and deliver programs which encourage healthy eating and nutrition in South Burnett, Queensland.
  • How CWGPCP is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic - responding to the needs of service providers and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, including to improve food access and availability.
  • Mersey-Leven Food Hub Project - developing a sustainable, regional systems approach towards food security in northern Tassmania, that engaged with and strengthened links between key stakeholders along the local food economy value chain.
  • North Fremantle Social Farm - a place for people to connect through growing, making and distributing fresh produce in the heart of North Fremantle, Western Australia.
  • Oakland Food Policy Council - the OFPC aimed to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve the local food system, from production through consumption and waste management, making the system equitable and sustainable.
  • Paris Rooftop Garden - rooftops in Paris become home to edible crops grown aeroponically and sustainably, providing produce to local consumers, restaurants and supermarkets.
  • Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale - by utilising the Healthy Active by Design checklists and advocacy tools, the Shire was able to foster collaboration with all relevant departments to inform their food security and nutrition plans. 
  • Urban Food Street - a local community in Queensland that grew fresh produce on their street verges using chemical-free techniques, and sharing it among residents, helping to tackle obesity and food insecurity.