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The Food is Free Project is a community-building and food-growing initiative that began in 2012 in the USA and has taken root in many communities all over the world since then. This film is about the Food is Free Laneway started by Lou Ridsdale in Ballarat, Australia. People leave excess food, seedlings, plants and even food scraps for composting on permanent tables set up in a laneway alongside Lou’s home. Anyone can take food for free.

The initiative is not just about promoting the idea that everyone should have access to good food, but about drawing together communities to help each other to live and eat well. We loved filming with Lou – she’s super inspiring! You can follow her efforts at

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