A Better Food Future

Cultivating Community has a new CEO

Michael Gourlay has taken up a new position elsewhere and Sharelle Polack will be taking up the Acting CEO position. We thank Michael for all his efforts during his time with CC and wish him all the best in his new role.

Some of our Features

Cultivating Community is about people, communities, gardening, farming, the environment and food.

Our mission is to work with diverse communities to create fair, secure and resilient food systems.

Our purpose is to provide relief from poverty for public and community housing tenants and others living in poverty in Victoria through improving access to healthy, affordable, culturally appropriate food.

  • Community Gardens

    We provide support to public housing community gardens. We also help communities & local government to support a thriving network of community gardens across Victoria.

  • School Gardens

    Our School Food Gardens service operates in state, Catholic and specialist schools. We encourage schools to consider all options for providing a quality education in food growing & healthy eating.

  • Food Waste & Composting

    We help households, cafes and business reduce food waste & dispose of unavoidable food waste the environmentally friendly way.

  • Food Systems

    Our Food Systems work supports improved farm to plate distribution systems, food swaps and food share initiatives, community kitchens, the grow your own home gardener movement and more.

  • Resources & Links

    Our Resources & Links includes fact sheets, guides, books & library resources and various Australian & internationally based directories of food sector people and organisations.

Good News Stories

See all our good news stories

Food Stories

Everybody has a food story. What's yours? We've asked people to tell us about their experiences of food and the people involved with that food. Personal food stories can be inspirational and a catalyst for motivating change.

See all food stories

Farmer Stories

The organic farm sector has already grown to be a significant part of the broader agricultural sector and the national economy. Farmer stories help us appreciate the importance of the work farmers do.

See all farmer stories