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“Buy Bellarine” Re-Focusing the Bellarine Community on Fresh Local Produce – be a VOLUNTEER

You Are Where You Eat:

Re-Focusing the Bellarine Community on Fresh Local Produce;

Will YOU support “Buy Bellarine” as a VOLUNTEER?

Picture yourself at the supermarket, awash in fluorescent light.

You’re trying to stock up for the next couple of weeks, since it’s a busy time of year.

You’re trying to eat healthy, and you wish there was somewhere to go that you knew would have real fresh local produce that you could buy.
Now imagine that the Bellarine had a public market– the kind of place that’s easy to pop by to grab fresh food every couple of days.  Well we are putting this together right now and need your support in the way of keen volunteers to make this a reality.

Please fill out the no obligation secure form below for us to contact you. Thank you for your time and interest.

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The breathtaking central hall of Cleveland’s West Side Market, a major hub in the host city for this year’s International Public Markets Conference (Sept. 21-23) / Photo: PBS NewsHour via Flickr

You Are Where You Eat: Re-Focusing Communities Around Markets

You Are Where You Eat: Re-Focusing Communities Around Markets; Will YOU support “Buy Bellarine”?

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The breathtaking central hall of Cleveland’s West Side Market, a major hub in the host city for this year’s International Public Markets Conference (Sept. 21-23) / Photo: PBS NewsHour via Flickr

Picture yourself at the supermarket, awash in fluorescent light. You’re trying to stock up for the next couple of weeks, since it’s a busy time of year. You grab some granola bars (and maybe even a box of pop tarts), some frozen dinners, a box of macaroni with one of those little packets of powdered cheese stuff. And oh, they’re running one of those promotions where you can get ten cans of soup for, like, a dollar each. Perfect! Dinner for the next two weeks. On the way to the register, you swing by the produce aisle to grab a bunch of bananas. Like many people these days, you’re trying to eat healthy, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
Now imagine that your neighborhood had a public market–the kind of place that’s easy to pop by on the way home from work to grab fresh food every couple of days. Before you reach the open-air shed, you’re surrounded by produce of every shape and color; you can smell oranges and basil from half a block away. As you follow your appetite through the maze of bins and barrels, you bump into your neighbors, and make plans to head downtown to the central market over the weekend to take a cooking class and pick up some less common ingredients. You may even make a day of it and check out the new weekly craft fair that takes place the next block over.

Up in Nova Scotia, where Davies and O’Neil have been working with the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Operations Manager Ewen Wallace notes the importance of his market (which does have its own permanent building) in the local community. “Throughout my involvement in this project and spending so much time face-to-face with the community at large” he says, “the thing that’s really hit home is that the people of Halifax really do consider this their market.”

Buy BellarineShoppers peruse the booths at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market / Photo: Nicole Bratt via Flickr

And while the market is truly a stalwart (they’ve never missed a Saturday in 262 years!), the role that it plays in the regional economy contributes greatly to the sense of community ownership, since most residents of Atlantic Canada are just a generation away from a farmer or fisherman. “At the end of World War II,” Wallace explains, “we had around 35,000 independent farms in Nova Scotia. Now we have around 3,800. This market is intended to serve as a hub from which money in the urban core is being channeled back into rural areas around the province. This is all tied to food security.”
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2012 July Forum 2 on future of Bellarine

2012 Bellarine 2050,

OUR PLACE, OUR FUTURE

Forum 2 on the future of the Bellarine Peninsula



 
2012  FORUM II – The WAY FORWARD

A BLUEPRINT for the future development of the Bellarine Peninsula will move a step closer to completion this week.

A forum on Friday, 4th July 2012 at the Clifton Springs Golf Club, hosted by the Committee for Bellarine, is the second phase in the drafting of the Bellarine 2050 Masterplan.

 DSC_0813-smlMLC Western Victoria: Simon Ramsay

 

Tom O'Connor Working For Coryule

Tom O’Connor

 

Committee executive director Tom O’Connor said forecasts of a population explosion on the Bellarine has added urgency to the drafting of a master plan.

The plan will detail a wide range of complex social, industrial and administrative challenges associated with the effects of future growth.

He said Bureau of Statistics projections show 140,000 people almost treble the current number will call the Peninsula home by 2050. The masterplan will examine how the various residential, industrial, education and recreational issues should be identified and dealt with.

Those attending the forum will include business and community leaders, local councillors, police and emergency services and members of community organisations.

Mr O’Connor said his group would also meet with experts from Marcus Oldham College to discuss future employment strategies.

“We need to develop job opportunities linked to the many strengths of the Bellarine,” Mr O’Connor said.

“It is important we recognise and preserve the natural resources of the peninsula and the offshore potential.”

He said the employment potential of the equine, agriculture and aquaculture sectors would be high on the agenda.

The committee is also due to meet with Planning Minister Matthew Guy later this week.

“We will be looking at the urban design framework as it applies to the various towns on the Bellarine,” Mr O’Connor said.

“The future requirements for retail and service industries, public transport and roads will form the basis of that discussion.”

 

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

Director, Material Thinking: Professor Paul Carter

 

Among the expert key note speakers due to address the forum is urban design consultant Professor Paul Carter.

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

CEO Avalon Airport: Justin Giddings

 

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

Chairman Elms Partners: Laurence Elms

 

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

Acting MC: John Rae

 

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

MLC Western Victoria: Simon Ramsay

 

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

Head of Deakin, School of Architecture & Building: Professor Hisham Elkadi

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

 

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

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 CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

CfB 2050 Seminar 6-7-2012

 

 

Local producers say ‘Buy Bellarine’

Local producers say ‘Buy Bellarine’

Tom Bennett   |  July 13th, 2012

A MULTI-million dollar fresh food network on the Bellarine Peninsula is expected to be up and running within two months.

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The scheme involves several large retail outlets that will stock only locally grown produce, meats, seafood and wines.
The business will be run as a co-operative made up of Bellarine-based primary producers. The concept will be marketed to shoppers throughout the Geelong and Surf Coast regions with the slogan “Buy Bellarine”.
The idea was announced at the recent “Bellarine 2050: The Way Forward” forum attended by businesses, the community and government representatives.

Committee executive director Tom O’Connor said the retail and associated marketing campaign would benefit tourism, agriculture, aquaculture and beef and dairy production. The co-op will be managed and run by the Committee for Bellarine.
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” Our fresh produce is world class and it is important local people support local producers, ” he said.
“The campaign will help create employment opportunities for local people wishing to work on the peninsula.”
Mr O’Connor said the location for the first warehouse-sized outlet was still under discussion.
“We are looking at a spot just south of Portarlington and another east of Drysdale,” he said.
“Once the concept becomes established we hope to open a chain of outlets throughout the peninsula.”
He said the concept would be formally launched in conjunction with local primary producers in mid-August.
 

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