Here at Gordon FarmGate, we are all about our community.
Our mission is to create a resilient, local food economy, that unites local producers with loyal customers, right here in Gordon. Our not for profit, registered incorporated association aims to establish a volunteer-run store to retail produce from the local area, such as meat, vegetables, fruit, preserves, nuts and eggs. We want to help farmers and producers from within a 100km radius (excluding metro Melbourne) sell their products directly to the public from a single location.
Through the help of volunteers we aim to sustain a stronger, healthier and inclusive local community, by supporting producers in regional, Western Victoria.
We are active community members who want to engage others in the local area.
We want to reduce our carbon footprints, grow our social inclusiveness, and support economic stability in small regional towns like ours.
We think it’s important to be open-minded and view challenges with positivity. We believe each of us has the power to create change in our community, no matter how big or small our contribution.
We pursue healthy, active lifestyles through good quality food and the promotion of local community initiatives.
Why is local food important?
Less stress on the environment
Buying local means your food hasn’t travelled thousands of miles and used all that carbon to get to your plate. Through this reduction, your food requires less packaging, less storage, less damaged and therefore less waste.
Eating locally improves the range of foods you eat throughout the year and improves the diversity of locally grown crops
Less exposure to contamination, and any exposure is to the bugs in your local environment. Australian producers are world-renowned for safe, disease-free, high-quality food products and because of that, our products are in part of the reason for the high quality is because the food industry is from farm to plate.
Nutrients in fruits and veggies start to deplenish once they are harvested. When you buy local produce, straight from the farmer, you know your produce is fresh and at peak nutrition. It hasn’t spend hours, days or weeks travelling across countries and it hasn’t been in cold storage for months on end.
There are around 134,000 farm businesses in Australia, 99% of which are family-owned. Between them, they supply almost 93% of Australia’s domestic food supply and the complete food supply chain employs around 1.6 million people. It also keeps money circulating within the community. More than 50% of money spent within a community stays within the community as opposed to 15-30% when spent in non-local businesses.
Social & environment good
Focus on community support, reducing environmental impacts and giving back to the region we live in
Encourage locals, visitors and tourists to Main Street, Gordon, and enhance this small regional town
Support economic growth for existing businesses with the intention of encouraging more retailers to open
Increase the availability of fresh, local produce in our region
A place to connect
Provide a community hub where we can meet and connect
Take a step towards environmental sustainability by reducing our carbon footprint and reliance on packaging, supporting small farming businesses, and providing fresher produce to the community.