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 for local retailers of all types. We've tried to keep it short and to the point and it should only take a few minutes to complete.

* 1. My involvement in the local food chain is:

* 2. What is your preferred method of sourcing fresh produce?

  Never Sometimes Often Always N/A
Direct from individual producers
Direct from a local market
Through an individual wholesaler who delivers
Through a variety of specialist wholesalers
Through a regional wholesale market (e.g. Sydney markets)

* 3. How often do you order fresh produce?

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

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

  100% 75% 50% 25% 10% 0%
Beef
Lamb
Poultry
Seafood
Pork
Veg
Fruit
Milk Products
Bread Products
Eggs
Value Added (Sauces, Jams etc)
Other

* 5. Would you source more locally produced food if it was available?

* 6. How important are the following when ordering?

  Not important at all Not very important Important Very important
Convenience
Fresh
Free Range/Pastured
Organic (not certified)
Organic (certified)
Conventional
Biodynamic
Knowing the farmer
Grain-fed
Sustainable
Humane Choice
Local (160km radius)
Growing our own

* 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?

* 9. If you were to supply through a local co-operative would you be prepared to agree to a quality standard or growers agreement?

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

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

* 12. To assist us in identifying local food clusters, please indicate the postcode your outlet is 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

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