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From late January look out for ‘I am local’ signs at local fruit and vegetable outlets.  They will make it easier to spot local, in season, fruit and vegetables.  Good for us and by buying them we are supporting our local economy and food growers.

How to get involved:

Everyone – Look out for the signs, follow us for updates, read the farmer profiles on our blog page, and support our local growers.

Fruit and Vegetable outlets – We will be dropping in but please feel welcome to contact us.  Involvement is voluntary and it’s free.

Growers/Farmers – We are writing Farmer Profiles to help community ‘get to know your local farmer’.  Let us know if you are interested.  Also, if you sell from your farmgate or local shops, we would love to add you to the list on the website.               Please get in contact .

Want to know more?

We are working with our partners to help strengthen the local food system and increase intake of fruit and vegetables.  For this project, we have developed signs and posters that will be distributed to local farm gates, independent supermarkets (separate project) and fruit and vegetable outlets to help promote locally grown fresh produce.

All outlets taking part will be promoted on our socials and website and where suitable (registered businesses only) the Yarra Ranges Business socials.  The project will also include profiles of local farmers and supporting resources on the benefits of supporting local farmers and increasing local and seasonal fruit and vegetable intake.

During March 2024 & 2025, Masters students from Deakin University will be looking for feedback by conducting surveys and interviews to evaluate and make recommendations for the project.

Please note: Our definition of ‘local’ is within the Yarra Ranges.  While we encourage and request outlets to place the signs with only locally grown fresh produce, this may not always be the case.  Outlets are busy and some ‘local’ produce may be from nearby regions.

In addition, this project does not guarantee the quality of produce. Each outlet/shop/market is responsible for business registration and food safety.

Our work is funded by the Victorian State Government with this specific project partly funded by the North Eastern Public Health Unit – NEPHU

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