In July 2016 the MOU for Food Next Door's pilot project - the Burundian community garden next to Sunraysia Produce was signed.
Sunraysia Local Food Future is leading the project with the support of Slow Food Mildura, Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities council, Open Food Network and 3000acres.
Check out the projects own Sunraysia Burundian Garden Facebook Page Here
SMECC has taken a background role with this project, with Sunraysia Local Food Future taking a great lead. One of these ideas and needs which had been floating around for a long time but which we never thought would get off the ground. SMECC was lucky to be able to help bring the right people around the table to get the ball rolling with the Burundian community, which is great.
Food Next Door aims to increase the visibility and accessibility of local food. Imagine all those empty blocks throughout Sunraysia bursting with beautiful fresh produce, tended by groups and families from our community. Imagine that produce for sale at corner stores, in the middle of town, at weekend markets. Sunraysia Produce and Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Community Council are working closely with Sunraysia Local Food Future to launch Food Next Door on an acre of land on Benetook Avenue. The University of Melbourne and University of Wollongong are supporting the first stage of Food Next Door. Through this project, as well as food grown being available to the Burundian Community, excess food will be bought by Sunraysia Produce from them for resale