Why is there more food in our bins than on our plates?
Waste occurs at every level of the food system – in farming, supermarkets, restaurants and home kitchens. When the supermarket won’t stock a crooked carrot, it won’t end up on our plate. How do we better connect consumers with the food that they eat? How do we bring everything closer together – connect shoppers with local and sustainable producers and get the most out of our meals? What models of composting are possible in large-scale restaurants and how do we make them the norm? Hear what the experts have to say about the key issues of sustainability and waste in our food system, and how can we combat these in our day-to-day operations and consumption habits.
This event is part of From the Ground Up: An Exploration of Food, Hospitality and Technology in Melbourne – a day of programming dedicated to understanding the role Melbourne plays in the wider conversation around food and innovation. Check out the full visual schedule, or download a text version.
David Craven serves as Programme Manager, Climate Positive Development and Head of C40s Melbourne Office. Prior to joining C40, David held leadership positions focused on the creation of a more sustainable built environment across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including roles as a Director with the Green Building Councils of both Australia and New Zealand, and Leader of Sustainable Buildings with Sustainability Victoria. He also led projects in London with Brookfield Multiplex and the global architectural practice Woods Bagot. David has experience in establishing and managing green building rating systems, developing voluntary industry leadership programs, introducing building energy efficiency regulation and creating sustainable building and precinct design strategies.
Reground is a sustainable waste education service, redirecting coffee waste away from landfill, redistributing it to gardens city-wide – reducing the carbon impact of coffee consumption. Reground exists to help cafes, create a community around organic waste and to innovate on our current waste disposal structure, making it more resourceful for our pocket, people and planet. Kaitlin, co-director of Reground, is passionate about connecting community through positive impact and is committed to solving problems in the most efficient and resourceful way. With a drive to see startups scale and triple bottom line business become the norm, she joined Reground in its infancy to see the vision of waste as a resource come to life.
Nathan Toleman has over 20 years of hospitality experience. After finishing high school, he did a degree in Hospitality Management at William Angliss. Working in numerous restaurants and Hotels around Australia, by the age of 23 he was managing Hotels in Cairns. At the age of 24, he moved to Japan where he lived and worked for 6 years. At 30, upon returning to Australia, he spent 3 years working closely with architects and designers as an architectural design consultant for a shop fitting company, where his love of design and construction blossomed.
At the age of 33, more than 10 years ago, with a burning desire to do his own thing he combined his love of design and hospitality by designing and opening his first café, Apte in Alphington with his wife Sarah Foletta. The Mulberry Group, which includes business partners Ben Clark and Diamond Rozakeas currently own and operate Top Paddock, The Kettle Black, Higher Ground and SQ1 Coffee Roasters. The group currently has a 10 acre farm where they are actively growing their own produce and composting green waste. Each of their businesses has a strong commitment to social and environmental causes, working closely with Scarf, Streetsmart and KS Environmental. Higher Ground recently installed 20 worm farms to deal with more than 8 tonnes of green waste per year, making it one of the largest worm farms in Melbourne.
Russell Shields' focus is on community food security and food systems. As a founding staff member of food rescue organisation SecondBite he was part of the development from a laptop and good idea into a national organisation redistributing over five million kilograms of surplus food every year.
Russell is the founding Chair of The Community Grocer, a social enterprise initiative that aims to improve access to fresh affordable food for people living in public and social housing, via a community owned weekly fruit and vegetable market.
In 2013 Russell was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study International models of food rescue and community food initiatives that address food security for vulnerable populations’, and is a member of the City of Melbourne Homelessness Advisory Committee, StreetSmart Grants Committee, and a founding member of the Australian Food Hubs Network.
Russell’s current day job is the Food Justice Truck Manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The Food Justice Truck is an award-winning mobile fresh food market that sells ethically sourced fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, pulses, bread and tea to the general public, and offers a 75% discount to people seeking asylum.