Schools play an important role in encouraging and promoting physical activity in our community. The Subiaco Primary School engages with the local community in many positive ways to support healthy community outcomes. One of the highlights of this proactive approach to sharing the facilities of the school is the weekly Subiaco Farmers’ Market. The collaboration between the primary school and the farmers market is an excellent local, small-scale approach to more effectively share facilities and encourage activity.
The Subiaco Farmers’ Market Committee Inc, in partnership with the Parents and Citizen's (P&C) of Subiaco Primary School, operates the market as a not-for-profit organisation. The partnership contributes any profits to the P&C to benefit the children. The Subiaco Farmers’ Market operates from 8am to noon every Saturday in the grounds of the Subiaco Primary School.
The Subiaco Farmers’ Market is an innovative approach to the use of school grounds, provision of fresh and healthy food options and engagement with the community.
The Market Operator is the Subiaco Farmers’ Market Committee, affiliated with the Australian Farmers' Markets Association (AFMA). The AFMA is a voluntary association, which promotes grower-centric farmers' markets across Australia.
The Subiaco Farmers’ Market Committee has a number of primary aims some of which are:
- To provide customers with regular supplies of fresh food and access to improved nutrition.
- To contribute to the economic, social and health capital of the host community.
The market supports the school creed, which identifies the school as not just a building but also a gathering of minds and hearts and a place of friendly guidance and help.
It is the values, the people and the commitment of both organisations that has allowed for innovation. The collaborative approach, the sharing of facilities and inclusion of the parents through the P&C has seen positive outcomes for both organisations and the surrounding community.
- Australian Farmers' Markets Association (AFMA)
- Subiaco Primary School
- P&C Farmers’ Market Committee
- Subiaco Farmers’ Market Committee
- Local community
The sharing of school facilities with the wider community has had a number of health, economic, environmental, social and use benefits.