We sell weekly fruit and vegetable boxes to the local community, with pick-up points throughout the Illawarra and home delivery available (depending on location). We also grow produce for and sell to cafes, restaurants, hotels and caterers. Our free range meat is available every couple of months. Email us at fairfood[at]green-connect.com.au if you’d like to join our mailing list to be the first to know when it is available, as we usually sell out. *We use organic principles but do not have organic certification so we refer to our food as “chemical-free”. We use no pesticides or other nasties.
We think that its important for everyone to know where their food comes from and the work that goes into producing it. We are striving to give a friendly, informative, hands-on tour of our farm where we explain the process from seed to plant to vegetable. Visitors will be able to touch, smell and taste their way through our 12 acre farmlands, and the opportunity to meet our pigs, chickens and maybe even sheep (who are a bit shy). The Green Connect farm has been operating for almost five years now and we are proud to say that we have transformed an urban piece of overgrown and forgotten wasteland into a luscious, thriving permaculture farm, just behind Warrawong High School. On our farm experience, we invite children from the age of 3 years and up (accompanied by a parent or carer) for a 1 hour tour including a taste of something from the farm and a planted seed to grow at home.
Each week you’ll get a range of produce directly from our farm in Warrawong. Fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown on-site by Green Connect staff – largely young people and former refugees – except for potatoes and onions (which don’t grow well in our microclimate) and some fruit (while we’re waiting for all of our fruit trees to reach maturity), which we source from other organic growers. Before each season starts, we’ll let you know what to expect and let you exclude up to three items you don’t want which we’ll replace with something else. Support fair food – food that is good for those who grow it (fair wages and good jobs), those who eat it (healthy and organic) and the planet (local and chemical-free).
Want really good produce that also supports the local community? Green Connect sells local, seasonal, (uncertified) organic produce, grown by young people and former refugees, to cafes, restaurants, hotels and caterers. We work together. You tell us what you need, and we tell you how much we can grow and at what price. If it works for both of us, we’ll plant to meet your needs. This kind of relationship is all part of building a fairer food system. You get food that is good for those who eat it, those who grow it and the planet, and we are able to secure our future. You can also sign up to receive a weekly email that details surplus produce we will have the following week. Orders are based on a “first in, best fed” concept. Email us at fairfood[at]green-connect.com.au to be added to the list. Customers are encouraged to pick up from our farm in Warrawong, but delivery is also available for sizeable orders. Produce is harvested on a Wednesday and Thursday.
For those who choose to eat meat, we currently offer free range pork and are working on having free range eggs available in the near future. Our pigs are rotated so they always have fresh pasture. They live in the sunshine, roll in mud, and act like pigs. Their addition gives us the capacity to convert food waste into meat. They also help us control weeds and vegetable stubble in our cropping areas, without synthetic chemicals. They spare us from fungal issues that can occur from stubble build up. They fertilize our soil with manure. Their digging forces and mixes organic matter deep into the ground. We raise them seasonally, so meat is available every 2-3 months. The last packs were sold in mid-October 2018. Email fairfood[at]green-connect.com.au if you’d like to be added to the mailing list so that you are the first to hear when the next packs are available, and check our online shop to see if there is any frozen meat available.