Ripe for Change began in 2017-18, as a funder-driven initiative developed by founding partners The Garry White Foundation, The Morris Family Foundation and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network in partnership with Sustainable Table.
The Program was designed to improve our food- system and deliver enhanced health, employment and sustainability outcomes for the population and environment.
Taking a ‘place-based’ approach has proven an effective way to empower community-led solutions. Since inception, Ripe for Change has developed deep connections within Casey, Cardinia, and the Mornington Peninsula, which form a highly productive region of Victoria’s foodbowl.
In 2021 Ripe for Change was replicated into the Mackay/Whitsundays area of Queensland, focusing on the relationship between agriculture and the Great Barrier Reef. As the program has expanded, funding requirements have ramped up and as such, Ripe for Change has transitioned into the Sustainable Table Fund.
This network of funders, investors and food system stakeholders will advance regenerative food systems at the speed required to arrest climate change and other intersecting environmental, social and health crises that have emerged as a result of our industrialised food system.
The fund supports and identifies programs and projects through facilitated workshops, community grants, discretionary funding and by facilitating larger scale investment mechanisms.
This work is underpinned by the Blueprint for Impact, an investment strategy commissioned in 2020 to support a transition to more regenerative agricultural systems across Australia.