Most of us rely on our local farmers for our food but others rely on them for their livelihoods. On an urban 11 acre farm just outside Port Kembla in NSW young people and refugees are being offered work and mentorship. The produce is sold to the local community through fruit and vegetable boxes, and to local cafes and restaurants. Under the guidance of Farm Manager Emily Henderson, the property produces more than 40 seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs all year round as well as free-range pork, lamb, honey and eggs. To learn more about this social enterprise, Emily Henderson joins me today to discuss:
Emily’s favourite place on the farm when it is quiet and still.
How she came to be involved with Green Connect Farm and growing up on a farm.
Emily is now the manager and explains the concept behind this little farm, with a big conscience.
Green Connect helps people with barriers to employment by showing them skills they can use for future employment.
They offer work to those who really need it including unemployed youth and resettled refugees.
The variety of food they produce – from fruits and vegetables to pigs and honey.
Although they are not yet officially labelled organic, they are using permaculture methods to manage the farm.
The land itself has its challenges – everything from weeds, fencing to finding cars in garden beds!
An average day in the life of a Green Connect Farm Manager.
The most common misconceptions about what Emily does on the farm.
The most unexpected thing to happen in her time on the land.
Green Connect Farm’s ultimate dream for the Future.
We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.