Food Ladder is an Australian Not For Profit organisation and born through the development of social enterprises over 12 years ago for people facing challenges such as homelessness and long term unemployment.
Since 2010, Food Ladder have been using hydroponic technology and climate controlled greenhouses to provide remote and regional schools and communities with small scale food growing systems and specialised education resources, so they can grow their own produce. This has benefits such as improved access to healthy food, important life skills, increased health and nutrition, and education and employment pathways and outcomes – including the ability to establish their own social enterprises.
With initial projects on the roofs of schools in India, the center of the Katherine township in the NT, and central Arnhem Land, Food Ladder has grown to be a leader in developing and implementing customised hydroponic food growing systems for remote and regional locations, as well as school environments.
One of our keys to success has been the development of wrap around support that enables the community or the school to drive the design and outcomes of each project, on site training and commissioning of projects, and our ongoing support through the development of specialised education and training resources.
Our horticulture, project management, and business experts have worked with industry specialists to develop climate controlled hydroponic greenhouses suitable for Schools, Homeland
Our Online Learning Platform is home to well over 100 resources from training videos and fact sheets, to paddock to plate education programs, and STEM aligned curriculum for Upper Primary, Middle School, Senior School, and even vocational programs. This free resource database is available to all schools and communities with a passion for food growing programs.
We also collaborate with community groups, government departments, NGOs, universities and more to help in the development of horticulture and agriculture activities and education. Our staff are available for consultancy and the delivery of customised training programs and social enterprise development.
Explore our website to find out more detail about everything that we do, and you can keep up to date on all of our exciting projects by following us on FaceBook and Instagram.
In the spirit of reconciliation Food Ladder acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that contributed to the development of these resources.
Food Ladder locations (current and potential)
In the above map, the orange pins represent potential Food Ladder locations, green pins represent current Food Ladder systems, and the blue pins are planned Food Ladder locations (with MOU’s signed).
Potential sites are ones where schools / communities have come forward to us requesting a Food Ladder system but we have not as yet secured funding for them.
To view the exact locations, click here