People working in the emerging field of community enterprises will meet at the University of Newcastle this week for a workshop to discuss the trend.
Community enterprises are non-profit economic activities conducted for direct community or environmental benefit. Focusing on alternative means of sourcing food, this week's workshop will discuss the success and challenges facing community enterprises.
Associate Professor Jenny Cameron said the Fig Tree Community Garden in Newcastle was an example of a successful community enterprise.
"The garden features a number of alternative food sources, including a hot house where people can bring along plants they'd like to share, and a Chook Run where people on a roster system take care of the chickens located at the garden and share in the eggs."
International author and researcher John Pearce will participate in the workshop on Friday 29 August 2008. Workshop participants will be available for interview and photo opportunities from 1 - 2pm on Friday 29 August 2008.