Volunteer “dig day” at the farm

24 May 2019

A group of volunteers came to the Green Connect farm to remove a leftover crop, glean as much edible food as possible, and compost the rest. This was a pilot project from our Food Optimisation team to figure out the best way to ensure that no food goes to waste at the farm. 

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for future events.

Introducing the Green Connect op shop

29 April 2019

The Bellambi op shop that Illawarra residents know and love is joining the Green Connect family and we are inviting the whole community to a morning tea on Saturday 11 May to celebrate.

Full press release here.

Facebook event here.

Green Connect wins 2019 Australia Day award 

23 January 2019

Green Connect was honoured at the Wollongong City Council Australia Day awards last night, winning the award for Outstanding Community Group.

Emmanuel Bakenga, Support Worker at Green Connect, and community member Irit Alony who nominated Green Connect, were on hand to accept the award and thank the council and community for their support.

 

 

Press release: Green Connect tackling youth employment

23 January 2019

Green Connect – a Wollongong based social enterprise – has won a NSW Government contract to help solve youth unemployment. Green Connect has been engaged to create employment opportunities for disengaged young people aged 15-24, who live in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands, and face multiple and complex barriers to employment. 

The contract is part of the Youth Employment Innovation Challenge: a $10 million NSW Government program that provides funding to innovative solutions and ideas that help young people find employment in NSW.

Kylie Flament, General Manager, said:“We’re thrilled to secure this contract, and to grow our work helping tackle youth unemployment in the Illawarra.

“Green Connect set up to create jobs. Jobs for the most disengaged and disadvantaged. Jobs that are meaningful, coupled with training and wrap around support. Jobs that are safe and stable, because sometimes life is not.

“The contract will extend Green Connects’ existing work: creating employment opportunities for young people and former refugees in chemical-free farming and waste recovery.

“This contract is a natural next step for our work. It will mean Green Connect gets paid for the employment outcomes we create, allowing us to invest in more young people in our community.”

Flament concluded: “We designed a program around local young people and what they told us. We are offer a work experience program on our farm, where they can try new things, meet new people, make mistakes, learn and make a difference. We offer accredited training and support. And we provide real and meaningful jobs, in which young people can grow and thrive.”

Green Connect is an Illawarra-based social enterprise that provides jobs, training and support to young people and former refugees. We do this by running a not-for-profit business that works in environmental repair – a growth sector that is jobs rich. 

Green Connect wins Excellence in Social Enterprise at the Illawarra Business Awards

19 October 2018

We were honoured to win an Illawarra Business Award. Bron Williams, HR & Labour Hire Manager, and Kylie Flament, General Manager, were on hand to accept the award and said:

“It’s hard to run a small or medium business. Throw in some lofty social and environmental goals and it seems near impossible, but at Green Connect we do the near impossible every day… thank you to the Illawarra community who believed in us, who buy our products and services, who have provided support when we need it, and who make something that is far from easy, but so valuable, possible.”

Social Traders Certified

1 July 2018

We are proud to have been a certified social enterprise by Social Traders for several years now. 

Check out a range of other amazing social enterprises in Australia at https://www.socialtraders.com.au/.

Green Connect free range pork

19 July 2018

For those who eat meat, Green Connect offers an ethically-raised option: free-range pork from pigs who are raised with lots of fresh produce, space to roam and sunshine. 

Green Connect featured in local cookbook

3 March 2018

A huge thank you to the amazing team at Quicksand Food who have featured Green Connect in The Illawarra Cookbook and wrote this lovely piece about us:

“The rich growing conditions in the Illawarra have not only fostered an incredible network of farmers and producers, they’ve also created opportunities for the broader community to benefit from this verdant region.

Ensuring these benefits are shared as widely as possible, Green Connect is a social enterprise that targets people often excluded from the workforce – including young people and refugees – by creating fair work employment opportunities on their 12 [acre] permaculture farm…”

More here.

Green Connect merges with Community Resources

22 January 2018

After several years within Our Community Project in Port Kembla, Green Connect and OCP identified that in order to create more permanent jobs, Green Connect needed to join a larger not-for-profit organisation. We are delighted to announce that we have found our new home within Community Resources, an organisation with a 40-year track record of creating jobs that make the community better all over Australia. 

Full announcement here.

Landline feature: “Small farms on urban wasteland helping refugees”

26 August 2017

We’re honoured to have been featured on ABC’s Landline. Watch the video (just over 10 minutes) here.

Westpac Foundation Social Scale-Up

16 November 2016

The Westpac Foundation has selected Green Connect as one of its inaugural social scale-up grant recipients. We couldn’t be happier! They also made a video about us which has some beautiful shots of our farm and staff.

Check out the article about our farm in this month’s Coal Coast Mag. coalcoastmag #farmlife #socent https://t.co/wyv8uZYeUH

We’re excited to be part of the Environmental Sustainability Review Community Workshop this evening, along with lots of familiar faces. Looking forward to seeing the ideas that flow for Wollongong City Council. https://t.co/G5T9gNOa5f

We’re facing our species’ biggest crisis. There is no more time for “business as usual”.

Regenerative agriculture, socially and environmentally sustainable... https://t.co/nqEtGFD7UX

A world free of litter? We're on board! So are the EPA, who are releasing a new round of Litter Prevention Grants in May. Got a community group and an idea to prevent litter? $4K-$70K grants available. https://t.co/7o0ao0p0hj

Weekly fruit and veg boxes available

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