Thursday, November 12 2020, 7-8pm

Speakers: Deborah Bogenhuber, Debrah Novak

Community supporting agriculture – agriculture building community

Out of the Box Solutions is about community supporting agriculture and agriculture supporting community. We know that the food distribution industry has become increasing popular in the Covid-19 outbreak through the food distribution boxes. This webinar explores the journeys of two inspiring and motivating women who have created solutions to support local small-scale producers and consumers looking for fresh, locally grown, fair food through establishing food distribution networks.

Topics include:

  • What was the catalyst that inspired the change to start these initiatives?
  • What financial support can groups access to support these ventures?
  • What are the challenges, barriers and enablers to establishing these models?
  • What has the impact been on the community?
  • What is a multistakeholder co-operative?
  • What skills and knowledge is needed to start community food opportunities?

Case Studies

Transcript: Out of the Box Solutions Webinar


Deborah Bogenhuber

Deborah is an ecologist and researcher of local food systems. She is deeply involved and active in community development and transformational change, and has over ten years’ experience in community facilitation and activating volunteer organisations.

Deborah co-founded and is Executive Officer of Food Next Door, a not-for-profit co-operative based in Mildura working to connect landless farmers from migrant and refugee backgrounds with under-utilised land to grow diverse crops, and steers day-to-day operations as well as strategic aspects of their growth.

Food Next Door also runs Out of the Box, a local food project working to grow our small-scale regenerative growers, and to connect local small-scale producers and local buyers, who want access to good, clean, fair food.

Debrah Novak

Debrah Novak is Chairperson of Clarence Valley Food Inc and has lived in the Clarence Valley for over 35 years. Debrah has 25 years in rural regional media as a professional digital content creator and trainer. Debrah has a background in growing organic herbs but now does her share of farm sitting and has managed to learn how to saddle and ride horse and chase cows. Agri-tourism is one of her passions and she uses the weekly Yamba Farmers and Producers Market and the new Grafton Twilight Farmers Market to amplify the agri-food message.