Green Connect is a not-for-profit social enterprise that employs young people and former refugees to grow fair food and reduce waste to landfill.

We run a farm and grow organic and free-range food (see Fair Food)

We help organisations reduce their waste to landfill, through waste audits and management plans, and by managing waste at events to ensure as much as possible is composted or recycled. Our aim is to ensure zero waste, and we are achieving 91% diversion at some events (see Zero Waste Services)

We also offer labour hire, to connect our staff to other businesses, industries and opportunities, and to give local businesses access to hardworking, reliable employees (see Labour Hire and Recruitment)

Our staff are offered training and personalised, wrap-around support. Many of the young people we employ have never seen what it means to have and keep a job, due to high rates of intergenerational unemployment in our area. Many of the former refugees we employ have never seen what it means to have and keep a job in Australia. Our training, support and paid work means that they get experience, income, learn what is expected by employers, can try different things and make mistakes, and most will go on to secure meaningful, long-term roles in an area they enjoy and are good at.

Our impact

In FY2018, we:

  • employed 106 young people and former refugees
  • kept 2,653 tonnes of waste out of landfill (equivalent to 447 African elephants!)
  • grew and distributed 20,628 kg of (uncertified) organic food

How you can support us

What we’re doing next

Over the next five years, Green Connect aims to:

  • Fully develop the Green Connect farm into a thriving hub for fair food, complete with a community space, training and workshops, farm visits for families, and lots of healthy animals, fruit, vegetables and herbs
  • Run zero waste events where nothing goes to landfill because everything is composted, recycled or reused
  • Expand the services we offer to create more jobs for young people and former refugees

To do this, we’ll need as many passionate, hardworking people as possible, and a big chunk of funding to see the farm project in particular through. If you can help, we’d love to hear from you.

We are very excited to be featured in the latest issue of @shareplatemag together with some of our Illawarra favourites. Thank you for sharing our story. #shareplatemagazine #greenconnect #regionalfood #illawarra #nsw

Big week this week as we are launching our new boxes. We now have 8 different kinds of boxes to choose from (including our fruit box).
If you would like to receive your weekly insert with recipes and list of... https://t.co/c0PI1STTFa

We have just released our new fruit, veg and mixed boxes!

A huge thank you to all of our customers, past and present, who have given us feedback and helped us to create the new range, with a size and mix to suit every household (we... https://t.co/ZCdaUPDbQj

Thanks to EnviroGong for this interview with our General Manager Kylie Flament about what Green Connect is and does. https://t.co/SAs8HJeLtY

Weekly fruit and veg boxes available

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