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Join us at the Food Connect Homestead for the inaugural Community Food Hubs dinner featuring international speakers and local practitioners.

Explore innovative ways to create greater value for local producers and entrepreneurs, revitalise rural and regional communities, and enhance affordable access to healthy food for all.

Thanks to our sponsors the Business Council of Co-Operatives and MutualsRedland City Council, and the support of Sustain, and the Australian Food Hubs Network.


  • Explore innovative ways to create greater value for local producers and entrepreneurs, revitalise rural and regional communities, and enhance affordable access to healthy food for all.
  • Learn first hand experiences of best practice Community Food Hub models from Canada, the USA and Australia.
  • Network with local practitioners, producers, academics, policy ¬≠makers, investors and professionals from across the food system.
  • Seek to understand the establishment pathways for community food hubs, with a focus on proof of concept planning, plus resource, infrastructure and financing requirements.


  • Co-operatives, bulk buy groups, social entrepreneurs;
  • Producers and value-adders, who see themselves as suppliers of community food hubs;
  • Government planners and policy makers who can see the potential for this sector to meet economic development, health and well-being and environmental objectives;
  • Trainers, educators and researchers who want to support food hub operators and their suppliers to build their skills and capacities; and
  • Philanthropists and impact investors who realise the transformative power of financial resources put to a high social and environmental purpose.


Kathryn Scharf, Chief Operating Officer, Community Food Centres Canada

Kathryn worked for six years as Program Director at the Stop Community Food Centre where she helped to develop the Community Food Centre program model and the strategy to take the model to a national scale. She has worked for 17 years in the community food security sector in Toronto on everything from grassroots work in community food programs and alternative food distribution systems to program development, communications and initiatives aimed at changing systems through food policy and action. She is the co­author, with Nick Saul and Charles Levkoe, of the Metcalf Solutions Paper, In Every Community a Place for Food: The Role of the Community Food Centre in building a Local, Sustainable and Just Food System.

Anthony Flaccavento, President, SCALE (Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies)

Anthony is an organic farmer near Abingdon, Virginia, in the heart of Central Appalachia. He has been working on community environmental and economic development in the region for the past 27 years. In 1995, he founded Appalachian Sustainable Development, which became a regional and national leader in sustainable economic development. Anthony left ASD in December, 2009 to found SCALE, Inc, a private consulting business dedicated to catalysing and supporting ecologically healthy regional economies and food systems.

SCALE works with community leaders, farmers, foundations, economic development agencies and others in Appalachia, Iowa, Michigan, New Mexico the Arkansas Delta and other communities. Anthony speaks and writes about sustainable development, economics, food systems and rural development issues extensively, with some of his pieces appearing
in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Solutions Journal and elsewhere.

Richard Warner, Co-Ordinator, Nundah Community Enterprises Co-Operative

Richard Warner is the coordinator of Nundah Community Enterprises Co-operative (NCEC), a workers co-op established around the employment needs of members with a disability. NCEC manages two businesses: 'Espresso Train Cafe' and 'NCEC parks and Maintenance' who maintain a number of Brisbane's small parks. NCEC were awarded the best small social enterprise in Australia in 2015 and were finalists in 2013 and 2014. Richard has a background in community development and working alongside people with a disability & is current secretary of the Queensland Social Enterprise Council (QSEC) the first peak body for Social Enterprise in Australia.  

Food Connect Homestead

Commerce Street Salisbury Brisbane 4107, Australia

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Emma-Kate Rose
Food Connect Foundation

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