Food Producer Incubator Program
CERES created a new Food Producer Incubator Program in 2015-2016 to give new arrivals and asylum seekers alternative education and employment pathways in food production and small business. As part of the course we have honed the skills of budding young food makers and idea shakers. They now have skills and training in food safety, OHS, commercial kitchen operations, sustainable food systems, small business, creating food products, taking products to market and retail and fundraising.
The products created by participants exceeded our expectations and graduation celebrations warmed our hearts and inspired our minds. We sold products under the CERES E.A.T (Education & Training) brand. The different products we tested at CERES Market were:
- Pickled Organic Garlic
- Pickled Seasonal Vegetables
- Carrot, Orange, Ginger and Cardamon Jam
- Pistachio, Coffee and Ginger Ice-Cream
- Greek Dumplings – Fetta and Silverbeet
- Tofu and vegetable dumplings
We ran two courses in 2016 sponsored by principle program funder Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and secondary funder Inner North Foundation. At the end of this program we have compiled evaluation of the impact of the program on the participants, their family and our community.
The longer program went to market with jointly produced products and then developed their own product with individual cultural and food passion influences. The the final products were sold at CERES Market and served up for a Program Graduation degustation dinner at CERES Merri Cafe.
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CERES Education and Training have launched a new training program called The Food Producer Incubator, offering multi-layered expertise, training and support to people from migrant backgrounds interested in food and selling the food they make. The [...]