Sustainable agriculture

Our local foodbowl

The Port Phillip & Western Port region produces a significant amount of fresh food and other produce in its green wedges, peri-urban fringe and outer rural areas with diverse agricultural industries.

‘Melbourne’s foodbowl’ includes well-known areas such as the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula, plus numerous highly productive areas such as Cranbourne and Koo Wee Rup in the south-east and the Werribee and Bacchus Marsh irrigation districts in the west.

The diversity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture in this region is important for Melbourne and Victoria. Its values include food production close to home, economic and employment benefits, plus the provision of ‘green space’ in and near the urban landscape, biodiversity benefits, carbon sequestration and water retention in the landscape.