Gloucester Food Hub Ltd had its origins in The Gloucester Project, which was centred on Gloucester, NSW, but embraced the mid-North Coast region of NSW. The Gloucester Project conducted a Stage 1 development program designed to demonstrate the value of developing food production, value adding, distribution and a direct marketing approach for the food future of the region and of the larger markets outside the region including nearby metropolitan markets.
The Gloucester Project created a demonstration market garden at Gloucester to put its concepts into practice. Dubbed the Tucker Patch, the garden became a training and skill-building centre with potential as an employment builder for the food industry. This element of the Project promoted increased self-employment, coupled with supported access to markets, thereby reducing dependence on imported capital.
Stage 1 of the Project, largely grant funded, was deemed a success.
Moving to the future required that the concepts and practices of Stage 1 be developed as a self-sustaining model, capable of replication by other communities and regions.
Gloucester Food Hub Limited was formed as a continuing community-based organisation in the Gloucester region to develop that self-sustaining model. The Tucker Patch has been self-sustaining for almost three years now, and with the help of our friends and dedicated band of volunteers, we hope to remain that way for a long time to come.