Monday, August 22, 2011

Waste not Want Not

volunteers harvesting pumpkins
 An inspirational story of farmers giving back to the community, in this case the city.

Riverina Farmers Give Back to the City

Cooperation between the Uniting Church, the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Carrathool Shire Council and local farmers has led to the launch of Waste Not Want Not - a unique project that will deliver otherwise wasted produce from the district to the tables of hungry families throughout New South Wales and the ACT.

The humble butternut, on their way to Sydney
 With the help of Waste Not Want Not, fresh fruit and vegetables will now be saved and distributed through Foodbank NSW in Sydney to charities throughout New South Wales and the ACT.

For the past ten years there have been calls for the city to support the bush.  Now farmers are in a position to look with some hope toward the future and say, "Here's something we can do for you."

By bringing together various community groups, government organisations and individuals, Waste Not Want Not will also help build resilience and social capital in the Carrathool Community.

Where is Carrathool?  It is a shire in the western riverina, 1 hour west of Griffith centred around the town of Hillston, and the villages of Goolgowi, Carrathool, Rankin Springs and Merriwagga.
Some of the people involved in the project, at the Foodbank Warehouse in Sydney

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