- Our Mission Statement

Food Next Door matches under-utilised farmland with landless farmers to support small-scale regenerative farming, growing diverse crops & engaging people from diverse backgrounds to supply food to local households.

Why a Co-Op?

Co-operatives are organisations owned by members for the benefit of members. They are different from other organisations because their priority is to have social and economic impact. Food Next Door also aims to have an environmental impact.

Co-ops around the world are guided by the Co-Operative Principles,
which include democracy, open and inclusive voluntary membership, concern for community, and education.

Interested in becoming a member of Food Next Door?
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- Download a copy of our Rules.

What We Do

   Visions & Objectives

The primary object of Food Next Door is to relieve the suffering or distress suffered by newly arrived migrants and refugee groups, particularly those without access to land and living in rural and regional areas, by supporting these groups to re-engage in farming and grow food, including their traditional foods.

This will be achieved by, amongst other things: 

• Sourcing and negotiating access to land for the groups to use for farming 
• Providing ongoing assistance and support to the groups to farm the land.
• Creating new distribution channels for the groups to sell their produce. 

Our secondary objects are to:

· Strengthen overall community cohesion in the long term.
· Build our soils and encourage regenerative farming practices.
· Increase the number of small-scale farms to provide high quality produce to local markets, and
· Strengthen local food economies through diversification of produce. 

Food Next Door’s vision is for under-utilised and vacant farmland to be transformed into productive foodscapes using regenerative farming practices.

We are planning a community demonstration farm based in Mildura, north-west Victoria, to progress this vision.

   Pilot Projects

Sunraysia Burundian Garden

New South Wales
Community Connections Garden

   Out of the Box

Food Next Door run a weekly local produce box to supply our community with local produce grown by small-scale regenerative farmers.

The enterprise is based on three connected principles:

· Fair returns to growers
· Building community, and
· Regenerating our soils.

 Find out more about Out of the Box here.

Our Team

We're run by community minded leaders - Passionate, Knowledgable and Hardworking.

Deborah Bogenhuber 
Executive Officer

Tony Lyons

Ben Dunn

Reece Cameron
Board Member

Sevilla Furness-Holland
Board Member

Dean Lampard
Board Member

John Niyera
Board Member

Joselyne Majambere
Board Member

Jennifer Douglas
Board Member

Peter Webb
Grower's Mentor

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Head Office

UpStart Co-Working Space
37 Deakin Avenue
Mildura, VIC 3500

Postal Address

37 Deakin Avenue
Mildura, VIC 3500