is situated on a 30 acre site in Dural approximately 40km from Sydney CBD. The
organisation is a disability services charity
with a 10 acre biodynamic farm attached.
produce a wide range of vegetables, oranges and pasture ranged eggs. We have an
farm shop where the majority of our produce is sold and we also wholesale to
Although we produce a wide range we do also specialise in leafy greens like
Chard, Asian greens and mixed salads. Our salad mix is different every week and
between 10-15 different varieties of mixed leaf. Kale is also one of the most
popular vegetables that we grow year round.
been working on the land for around 5 years in total. A lot of this time was
on a range of organic and biodynamic farms in different countries. I completed
a 2 year
diploma in Biodynamics in England to supplement the practical experiences
various farms. I have been at Warrah farm for 12 months as farm manager.
customers come to us partly because we are certified biodynamic. It adds a
to what we do. Anybody can claim to be chemical free etc but by going through
process of certification we are committing to the values of biological farming
supporting the movement as a whole with the hope that it will grow and become
and more active into the future.
welfare is fundamental to our philosophy. We are farming in a way that
and vitality of our pastures, crops and animals and eventually the people that
products are unfortunately touted to be the solution for solving world food
reality small scale organic agriculture, the kind of culture that we have been
of years up until the industrial revolution is far more productive and ecologically
One man on a tractor feeding thousands and raping the land at the same time is
doomed to failure.
the main challenge is a societal one. The true price of food is quite
ridiculous and we
try and compete with this. The cost of supermarket food does not take into
associated costs of land degradation, ill health and water pollution that can
like to think that more and more people will seek out local food solutions be
or not. There are a lot of small scale producers out there and the best way to
your table is to get to know them. I can see a trend in large scale organic
for the supermarkets. This makes organic food seem a little more accessible and
to the consumer but I worry about supermarkets buying up land and producing
food because of its marketability rather than standing behind the ethos of it.
sure of the key barrier. I think again it comes down to society. We all want
quality for as cheap as possible. Im not sure that food should really be
commodity. I would like to see more people forming direct contact with local
buyers groups or co-ops and sourcing their food collectively from honest
local producers. Only then can we hope to really compete with supermarkets
scale conventional agriculture. It needs a shift form our current mode of
of cost and convenience to one of recognising the need for conscious action to
control of one of our most fundamental needs.
go! Don’t get dispirited if your capsicum isn’t all shiny and perfectly shaped
the shops, the taste will be better, the nutrition content will be higher and
have been sprayed with all sorts of stuff you
really don’t want to be eating.
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