Why a local food hub?

Ethical Food Enterprises
Low cost, low risk, collaborative

Home to over 20 good food organisations and businesses such as OzHarvest, Food Connect and Ballistic Beer Co, we are creating a space for the new creative local food economy to collaborate and move the needle on a healthier, fair and regenerative food system.

Shared kitchen space holds many promises for budding food entrepreneurs and growers who wish to value-add their produce. We want to enable efficiency, growth and innovation in the local food market, thereby solving pain points for small food makers. We lease kitchen space to micro-enterprise start-up food makers who specialise in artisan products, with the aim of incubating their business and preparing for growth.

In addition to hiring out space to community groups, the Shed’s commercial kitchen allows ‘kitchen grade’ produce to be processed as value-added products, thereby reducing on-farm waste.

We offer the following features in our commercial kitchen:

  • Multiple work stations
  • Professional grade equipment
  • Shared cold storage, freezer and dry storage areas
  • Specialised equipment
  • Shared loading docks for receiving and distribution

Founders

Emma-Kate Rose & Robert Pekin

Co-founders of Food Connect, a social enterprise using the principles of community supported agriculture, EK and Rob have been passionately leading the fair food movement in Australia for over 15 years.

Jennifer Le Savéant
(nee Burns)

Jennifer joined us for the initial founding and execution of the equity crowdfunding campaign. She brought with her a wealth of financial, marketing and Board experience. She’s also been a member of the Food Connect Foundation Advisory Board during 2017/18.

While we are incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved, we think we need to move the needle even further.

Shed ownership is one thing, however we believe the next step is to retrofit the building using net-postive design principles to create Australia’s most sustainable, community-owned local food hub.

By coming together, we believe we can achieve big things to ensure a healthy, resilient food system for future generations.

​The Food Connect Shed is already a place where the community can connect with our network of local growers and makers, food entrepreneurs can rent space, and the community can hire the venue. Now we want to retrofit it to the highest sustainable design principles in the world.

Board

Peter Griffin, Chair

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Ryan Rathbone, Treasurer

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Gaala Watson, Director

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Alison McDonald, Director

Architect (ARB, BOAQ), Sustainability Design Consultant (BREEAM, GBCA, NABERS), and University Academic, Alison is experienced in sustainable development, having designed and delivered public buildings and precincts with a focus on generating positive environmental, ecological, inclusive social and economic impact. Find out more about Alison here.  

Greg Hamilton, Director

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Robert Pekin, Executive Director

Founder of Food Connect, Food Connect Foundation and the Food Connect Shed.

A Place for Support

Are you a budding ethical food entrepreneur?

The Food Connect Shed is a place where you can grow your food business alongside like minded people, knowing you are supported with the space, suppliers and the equipment to help take you to the next level. We are currently the home to eight local food entrepreneurs, including our original business: Food Connect.

A Place for Community

We’ve hosted hundreds of events over the last thirteen years – from film festivals to weddings. We’re keen to grow this side of the business by hosting events, parties, meetings, workshops and co-working spaces.