THE ORGANIC BUYERS GROUP is an initiative of social entrepreneur, Julian Lee, who also happens to be a biodynamic market gardener in the Hunter Valley to the north of Sydney. Why this is advantageous to members of the three Organic Buyers' Groups operating in Sydney (Kirribilli, Randwick and Leichhardt) is that Julian brings experience in both the organic production and distribution sides of the food industry.
Julian and members of the Randwick team were present at the recent Randwick Ecoliving Fair to make their enterprise better known to eaters in the urban east. Informative for sure, but they accompanied their feast of information with a feast of juicy, organic fruit on sale for a mere donation.
Julian has recently teamed-up with Tsung Xu, a young economics graduate now turning his interest to the practical, everyday economics of the community-based food industry.
The two are now working on the development of a community supported agriculture initiative, Sydney Food Connect.
With the emergence of Rhubarb Food Co-op, the existing Thoughtful Food Co-op at UNSW, Randwick Organic Community Garden, Paddington Community Garden and the garden at Bondi Junction, proposals for community food gardens in Clovelly and Maroubra (two) and Randwick City Council's Sustainable Gardening and Living Smart courses, community food systems are growing like rampaging rockmelons in Sydney's east.