It’s not often a Moment of Help comes in the form of a fresh bunch of bright green lettuce, basil, tatsoi or baby leaf spinach. But that’s exactly what help looks like for the kids at Wellington Public School on the Central Western Slopes of New South Wales on the traditional lands of the Wiradjuri people.
Thanks to Nigel McLean, project co-ordinator for Food Ladder, a small Australian not-for-profit with the goal of empowering disadvantaged communities as well as schools through food and economic security, those fresh vegetables are changing their future.
Food Ladder installs hydroponic, climate-controlled greenhouses in some of the remotest communities in Australia and Nigel teaches kids how to use them to produce armloads of crunchy, delicious, vitamin-packed vegetables.
Could community gardens be the answer to our insecure food systems?
Grow more food locally. Food Ladder is helping make that reality a little easier via community hydroponic greenhouse systems, which Lucy says can pump out five times more food than traditional farming methods.
The educational program trying to develop the next generation of horticulture workers
An Australian non-profit organization has established learning programs aimed at increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables among children and providing a pathway for students to take up jobs in horticulture.
The educational greenhouse programs developing the next generation of horticulture workers
An Australian not for profit organisation has established learning programs, not only aimed at increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables among children but also providing a pathway for students to take up jobs in horticulture.
The non-bank lender has partnered with Food Ladder to roll-out a multi-school fresh food sustainability initiative throughout Australia.
Resimac has launched a partnership with not-for-profit Food Ladder to support it in its mission to provide horticulture, food security and nutritional education to schools in remote, regional and disadvantaged communities.
Food Ladder delivers this work by providing communities with hydroponic greenhouses and specialised training so they can grow fruit and vegetables, and set up their own social enterprises should they so wish.
Well, 2021 certainly has been an ‘interesting’ year thus far.
Where ever you are in the world, all of us at Food Ladder hope you and your family are keeping well. Despite the COVID outbreaks and border shutdowns around Australia, we at Food Ladder have been resilient thanks to our staff being spread across the nation and a robust rollout strategy underway. While we have had to pivot from time to time to adjust to the changing conditions, we are on track to deliver seven Food Ladder school systems before the end of the year which is a testament to the hard work and resilience of our fabulous team.
Today, Nigel McLean, our Program Manager is building the Food Ladder system in the remote WA community of Leonora. Leonora Primary School was the winner of Food Ladder’s National School Competition which amassed applications from over 50 schools in remote communities in Australia, all of whom noted a serious need for fresh, locally grown produce. We would like to thank our judges Paris Neilson, Alexandra Giles and Candice Van Doosselaere for their time and careful consideration of the applications.Profiled in The Australian newspaper, Indigenous Affairs reported, Paige Taylor said:
“Children in the West Australian outback town of Leonora are about to make radical change to the way their town gets its food.The desert center 830km northeast of Perth will grow its own produce – part of a quiet national movement to change Australia’s response to the dearth of fresh, healthy and affordable food in remote communities.”You can watch the winning video application from Leonora here. We look forward to keeping you up to date with the progress of this exciting project, and the outcomes from all the wonderful communities receiving Food Ladder systems in our rollout across Australia.
Enjoy reading this update on what we have been up to and as always a huge thank you to our supporters, Chris Cuffe, Duncan Saville, Jane and Andrew Clifford, Paris Neilson and our corporate partners Norton Rose Fulbright, Melrose Health and Resimac. We could not achieve this level of impact without you.
Children in the West Australian outback town of Leonora are about to make radical change to the way their town gets its food.
The desert centre 830km northeast of Perth will grow its own produce – part of a quiet national movement to change Australia’s response to the dearth of fresh, healthy and affordable food in remote communities.
It is a program run by Food Ladder, a not-for-profit which has previously put in place agritech systems in some of the harshest environments in the world, including in Bhutan and India.
Lucy Payne the Culinary Health Manager at Food Ladder was live on Start Up Daily this week to share how Food Ladder is providing remote and regional communities with the tools to stop hunger and malnourishment through hydroponic greenhouses and specialised training to produce their own locally-grown fruit and vegetables.
Start Up Daily showcases cutting edge digital innovation that is taking on and changing the world from Australia and we’re grateful to be featured to share more about how Food Ladder works.
Australian health food company Melrose Group has appointed a new CEO to lead Melrose Health and Orchard Wellbeing Foods.
Nathan Cheong has worked in the complementary medicine industry for more than 20 years, most recently as CEO of LifeSpace Group. He is a degree qualified naturopath and medical herbalist and has worked for Vita Life Sciences, Blackmores BioCeuticals, and Designs for Health (USA).