The Local Food Initiative Project is an initiative of a group of like-minded community organisations that have come together with the aim to build more resilient local food economies.

Extending from the South East Food Plan, the aim is to identify barriers to local food production and consumption in order to identify practical solutions for producers, retailers and consumers.

All information collected will be held in confidence and individuals will not be identified in collating survey information.

Survey results will be available online and at a public forum in mid 2014.

The project has been initiated by FuturePLANS (Palerang Local Action Network for Sustainability) and is supported by SCPA, Southern Harvest, SEE-Change, Permaculture eXchange and Canberra City Farm.

This survey is Consumers. We've tried to keep it short and to the point and it should only take a few minutes to complete.

* 1. How important to you personally, are the following when sourcing produce?

  Not important at all Not very important Important Very important
Free Range/Pastured
Organic (not certified)
Organic (certified)
Knowing the farmer
Humane Choice
Local (160km radius)
Growing our own

* 2. Where do you currently buy fresh produce? (meat, fruit, veges etc)

  Never Sometimes Mostly Always
Major supermarket
Local supermarket (e.g. IGA)
Local general store
Local specialty stores (butcher, baker, fruit and veg store)
Farmers Market
Direct from farmer (box, farmgate, direct delivery)
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
Online fresh produce store
Online individual producers
Community Gardens (I grow it)
My own backyard (I grow it)

* 3. How often do you buy fresh produce?

  Daily Multiple times weekly Weekly Fortnightly Monthly Quarterly (seasonal) Never I grow/make my own
Meat (beef, lamb, poultry, seafood)
Milk Products
Bread Products
Value added product (e.g. chutneys, jams, sauces)

* 4. What does purchasing 'locally' mean to you?

* 5. Do you purchase

  Never Sometimes Mostly Always
All at one shop
Buy meat separately
Buy fruit and vegetables separately
Buy bread separately
Buy milk products separately

* 6. What percentage of the food you purchase from local producers (within 160 km radius)?

  100% 75% 50% 25% 10% 0%
Milk Products
Bread Products
Value Added (Sauces, Jams etc)

* 7. What, if anything, stops you buying local produce?

* 8. If you were able to order through a local (e.g. Canberra) Food Co-operative, would you support it through...

  Yes No Maybe
A local farmers market
A in-season box scheme
A 'choose your own' box scheme
Farmgate purchases
Purchases at existing local outlets

* 9. What do you see as the main barriers to local food production and consumption?

* 10. What should we do to build more resilient local food economies?

* 11. If you are involved in the local food chain (other than as a consumer), please indicate your involvement below:

* 12. To assist us in identifying local food clusters, please indicate the postcode you are located in.

* 13. Let us know your name and email address if you'd like to be kept further informed about our Local Food Initiative project