From very small-scale neighbour-to-neighbour vegie swaps more than 12 years ago, Grow Lightly has grown to a significant community self-help enterprise today. It now operates as a non-profit company limited by guarantee with a board of directors.
We are based in the Grow Lightly Food Hub, 12A Silkstone Road, Korumburra, which is the venue for workshops, discussions, film showings, cook-ups – anything, really, related to clean, local food.
Our main activities are the provision of weekly vegie bags, our shop (The Grow Lightly Food Hub Shop) which stocks local produce and services local food enterprises with bulk produce, and stalls at the Koonwarra Farmers Market and Coal Creek Farmers Market.
From our constitution
STATEMENT OF PURPOSES
- Grow Lightly Connect has a commitment to sustainable use of resources and the building of a resilient local community. In particular, GLC seeks to encourage local food production and distribution using organic methods and sustainable agricultural techniques – in other words, to help South Gippsland feed South Gippsland.
- In order to do this, Grow Lightly Connect will provide services and assistance to consumers, growers and distributors of organic vegetables and fruit in South Gippsland.
- For all consumers, including low-income households, GLC aims to improve access to foods of high nutritional value, grown locally according to organic principles; and to provide information on storing and cooking these foods.
- For growers – including small-scale and backyard growers – GLC aims to provide an outlet for fruit and vegetables grown according to organic principles; and to provide ongoing education on ways to improve soil health, biological activity and soil fertility.
- GLC aims to provide a range of services for consumers and growers, including packing and distributing weekly vegie bags; running workshops and events; facilitating communications between food consumers, growers and distributors; providing ‘know-how’ to community groups wishing to set up local food distribution schemes; and operating a central ‘food hub’ at Coal Creek, Korumburra.
- GLC aims to extend the range of locally grown foods available in South Gippsland, particularly those grown from open pollinated seed; and to share knowledge about food plant varieties which grow well in South Gippsland, including native Australian food plants.
- Where possible, GLC will work in cooperation with other community groups, organisations and businesses towards the achievement of these goals.