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Community Food Hubs Dinner and Discussion

  • Food Connect Commerce Street Salisbury, QLD, 4107 Australia (map)

Join us at the
Food Connect Homestead

The Food Connect Foundation in partnership with the Business Council of Co-operatives & Mutuals and Redland City Council, with support from the Australian Food Hubs Network and Sustain, is hosting Brisbane's first Inaugural Community Food Hubs* event.

This event is also proudly supported by the
Lord Mayor’s Suburban Initiative Fund and Moorooka Ward Councillor.

The dinner event includes a delicious three course meal sourced from Food Connect farmers and local food and beverage makers, and catered by Gemma and the team at Espresso Train Caterers.  While enjoying the atmosphere of the Food Connect packing shed, you will hear from international speakers Anthony Flaccavento and Kathryn Scharf, and participate in a Q&A session afterwards.

WHEN:     6pm for 6.30pm Thursday, 11 August, 2016.
WHERE:   Food Connect Homestead,
                 Commerce Street, Salisbury.
COST:       $65 per head


  • Explore innovative ways to create greater value for local producers and entrepreneurs, revitalise rural and regional communities, and enhance affordable access to healthy food for all.

  • Learn first hand experiences of best practice Community Food Hub models from Canada, the USA and Australia.

  • Network with local practitioners, producers, academics, policy ­makers, investors, professionals and grassroots activists from across the food system.

  • Seek to understand the establishment pathways for community food hubs, with a focus on proof of concept planning, plus resource, infrastructure and financing requirements.


  • Members of co-operatives, bulk buying groups, social entrepreneurs;

  • Producers and value-adders, who see themselves as suppliers of community food hubs;

  • Government planners and policy makers who can see the potential for this sector to meet economic development, health and well-being and environmental objectives;

  • Trainers, educators and researchers who want to support food hub operators and their suppliers to build their skills and capacities; and

  • Philanthropists and impact investors who realise the transformative power of financial resources put to a high social and environmental purpose.     


6.00pm - Registration, canapes

6.30pm - Welcome
Robert Pekin, Food Connect Foundation
Richard Warner, Nundah Community Enterprises Co-operative

Richard Warner is the coordinator of Nundah Community Enterprises Co-operative (NCEC), a workers co-op established around the employment needs of members with a disability. NCEC manages two businesses: 'Espresso Train Cafe' and 'NCEC parks and Maintenance' who maintain a number of Brisbane's small parks. 

NCEC were awarded the best small social enterprise in Australia in 2015 and were finalists in 2013 and 2014.   Richard has a background in community development and working alongside people with a disability & is current secretary of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) the first peak body for Social Enterprise in Australia. 

7.00pm - Keynote Presentation
Community Food Centres in Canada: Systemic Change through Food Policy and Action
Kathryn Scharf, Community Food Centres, Canada

7.45pm - Keynote Presentation
Food Hubs in the US: Lessons, Enablers, Opportunities
- Anthony Flaccavento, SCALE

8.30pm - Q&A with Speakers

Kathryn Scharf, CEO, Community Food Centres, Canada

Kathryn worked for six years as Program Director at the Stop Community Food Centre where she helped to develop the Community Food Centre program model and the strategy to take the model to a national scale. She has worked for 17 years in the community food security sector in Toronto on everything from grassroots work in community food programs and alternative food distribution systems to program development, communications and initiatives aimed at changing systems through food policy and action. She is the co­author, with Nick Saul and Charles Levkoe, of the Metcalf Solutions Paper, In Every Community a Place for Food: The Role of the Community Food Centre in building a Local, Sustainable and Just Food System.

Anthony Flaccavento, President,
SCALE (Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies)

Anthony is an organic farmer near Abingdon, Virginia, in the heart of Central Appalachia. He has been working on community environmental and economic development in the region for the past 27 years. In 1995, he founded Appalachian Sustainable Development, which became a regional and national leader in sustainable economic development. Anthony left ASD in December, 2009 to found SCALE, Inc, a private consulting business dedicated to catalysing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems.

SCALE works with community leaders, farmers, foundations, economic development agencies and others in Appalachia, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico the Arkansas Delta and other communities. Anthony speaks and writes about sustainable development, economics, food systems and rural development issues extensively, with some of his pieces appearing in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Solutions Journal and elsewhere.

*What is a Food Hub?
A centrally located facility used for the aggregation, storage, processing, marketing and distribution of regionally produced food products.

More about our Sponsors

Business Council for Co-Operatives and Mutuals

The Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM) is the national peak body representing the co-operative and mutual models of enterprise. It is the only organisation uniting the entire and diverse range of member owned businesses.

Formed in 2013, the BCCM is a powerful and informed voice in the business community. Led by the chief executives of Australia’s co-operative and mutual businesses, the BCCM brings together the sector of businesses owned by members or formed to benefit members, with the common objective of increasing awareness of these models of enterprise.

With an estimated 1700 co-operative and mutual businesses operating nationally representing a total of 14.8 million memberships, the BCCM through its members, highlights the contribution co-operatives and mutuals make to the national economy and social development in Australia. Australia has a rich heritage of co-operatives and mutuals and the BCCM aims to invigorate the sector for a greater balance and diversity in the forms of business ownership in the economy.

Redland City Council

Redland City Council is the local government authority for the Redlands, which includes the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, North Stradbroke Island and the mainland from Redland Bay in the south, to Capalaba in the west and Thorneside to the north.