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Growing community through social enterprise: The story of Foodlab

February 7, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Darebin Council and Sustain: The Australian Food Network present Devita Davison, Executive Director of FoodLab Detroit, who will tell the inspiring story of the good food movement in Detroit, and the push to build a vibrant food economy in the wake of the decline of the automobile and other manufacturing industries.

FoodLab is a membership-based non-profit organisation with a vision to cultivate, connect and catalyze, to use food as an economic engine, to form a supportive community of entrepreneurs and to make good food a reality for all Detroiters.

Devita will describe how the Foodlab Detroit has supported social enterprise to improve the health and social wellbeing of Detroit communities, and increase diversity and equity.

She will share the case studies of diverse groups of local entrepreneurs, the skills and confidence they’ve developed through the Foodlab Detroit program, and the challenges they have overcome to to establish food businesses and grow a more equitable food supply which honours identity and culture.

Listen to Devita’s TED interview to see her approach and experience supporting local food business incubation and entrepreneurs.


Darebin City Council – Community Forums
8470 8888


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269-273 Gower Street
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