About.

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The Sustainable Table Fund is a unique collaboration between food system practitioners, thought leaders and aligned funders. Together, we’re growing and guiding capital to regenerate our food system at the rate required to avoid climate catastrophe.

Our Fund has arisen in response to:

  • The urgent need to inject capital into transformative regenerative food and farming initiatives, especially those for which economic return is a long game.
  • The growing interest from philanthropic funders to support this sector, but without clear direction as to where or how they can achieve significant impact.

While the complex and ever-changing nature of food systems certainly keep us on our toes, it’s robust governance, rigorous assessment frameworks and team agility that allow us to dance with the challenge. Along the way, we’re building an open-source knowledge commons so that others who share our passion and purpose can also learn the moves.

Put Yourself on the Map.

We’re creating a nationwide picture of food system change + innovation.

Whether you’re heading up a food system organisation, community project, farming transition – or simply incubating a great idea, we’d love to hear about it. With your generous insights, we can start to understand the bigger picture of Australia’s food system, spotting the gaps and opportunities, connecting likeminded groups, and guiding funding to where it’s needed most.

Tell us about your organisation, initiative or idea (and get on our funding radar while you’re at it).

SUBMIT HERE

Principles.

Eight principles underpin our work, from funded projects and investor partnerships to the way we move as a team and live as people.

While we’re proud to wear these principles on our sleeve, we acknowledge that trendy terms like ‘regenerative’ and ‘relational’ have been forever embedded in a living culture of caring for Country. Traditional Owners have tended these ancient lands, sustainably and regeneratively, for thousands of generations – and we’ll spend our lifetimes learning from them, striving to make these principles ring true.

Transformative

Sticky tape and glue can’t fix a fragile industrial food system that fails to value people, animals and the natural world. We’re here for transformation. 

Regenerative

Whether it’s sequestering carbon, increasing soil biology or replenishing human potential, regeneration is our modus operandi.

Bioregional 

Rather than lines on a map, we look to waterways, soil types, mountain rangeslocal cultures and knowledge systems for an enhanced understanding of people and place. 

A Systems Lens

Our planet is a living and interconnected thingmade up of complex relationships, not simplified partsThat’s why we wear ‘systems specs’ thelp us see and respond to the whole, glorious picture

Decolonising

We work hard to unpack, challenge and supplant colonial structures in our minds and processes, while pursuing active ally ship and supporting Indigenous sovereignty
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Relational

True wealth rests in relationships; the ways we connect, care for each other and collaborate. Our Fund is as much about financial investment as it is about rich and enduring relationships. 

Open Source

This is no time for ‘mine’ and ‘yours’. We want the learnings, challenges and frameworks that arise from our Fund to be available to everyone

Catalytic Capital

All too often, the long-term, iterative and unsexy projects that most need funding, don’t receive it. We want to change that. 

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The forms of finance we mobilise are rare, precious and destined to make a genuine impact. So, we focus on aligning closely with our investors’ capacity and interests to find the right funding fit – because it’s a heart thing too. Then it’s small moves smartly made, as John Hagel would say, guiding capital towards the oft overlooked cracks and niches that represent tectonic shifts over time.
That’s how we work.

Impact Areas.

These four Impact Areas are our way of prioritising food system change. Born of deep consultation with key local food stakeholders, they guide project selection, maintain diversity and focus our investment and attention. For your project to qualify for funding, it must fulfil one (or more) Impact Area.

Legitimise

Grow share the evidence base for regenerative farming + food systems
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Animate 

Bring a culture of regeneration to life through knowledge connection.

Accelerate

Reward + incentivise ecological restoration so that it happens faster.

Humanise

Support Value-Based Supply Chains that put faces + places back into food. 

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Partners.

Crothers Walton Foundation

Rebecca Gorman + John Sevior

Key contacts.

Jade Miles
National Program Manager
Available Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays

e jade@sustainabletable.org.au
m 0418 520 554

Put yourself on the map.

We’re creating a nationwide picture of food system change + innovation.
Tell us about your organisation, initiative or idea (and get on our funding radar while you’re at it!).

SUBMIT HERE

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