Larderfresh is passionate about sourcing ingredients from local Victorian farmers and suppliers.
As part of our drive to buy local, Larderfresh is also dedicated to supporting social enterprises that inspire community organisations and groups to grow and supply seasonal produce for all of our products.
The Parsley Project
In late 2010, Larderfresh pioneered the Parsley Project with BDS, an inclusive and responsive service supporting people with disabilities to explore and contribute to their community.
We have recently purchased additional planter boxes in partnership with BDS to grow more parsley that will add to our supply for making falafel. These new beds will enable BDS to supply us with more parsley each year and we’ll buy all the parsley they can grow.
It’s a project we are delighted to be undertaking because it’s one that brings a sense of pride and community spirit to the lives of people with all abilities.
And it’s a project that reflects the sourcing policy of Larderfresh to buy local.
Farmers’ markets have been around for years and so it’s generally accepted nowadays that collaborative community-based projects are a fundamental component of future food production. The new beds at BDS open up the prospect for them to grow different seasonal produce and supply other businesses.
With the view that the Parsley Project is the first of many such projects, Larderfresh is looking forward to a long-term win-win relationship with BDS.