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Poem: To Be of Use

Poem: To Be of Use

Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Philosophy | Comments Off on Poem: To Be of Use

To Be of Use (Marge Piercy) The people I love the best jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight. They seem to become natives of that element, the black sleek heads of seals bouncing like half-submerged balls. I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a […]

Why food distribution and exchange?

Why food distribution and exchange?

Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Philosophy | Comments Off on Why food distribution and exchange?

Direct exchange between producers and consumers, can return more money to the farmers while making good food more affordable for eaters. Farmers and farming are critical to the creation of resilient and sustainable communities and ecosystems. To maintain existing skills and knowledge, and to attract young people to farming, farmers must be able to make a good living from what […]

Values and Principles

Values and Principles

Posted by on December 22, 2011 in Philosophy | Comments Off on Values and Principles

Our Values tell you about who we really are . .

Case Studies – Food Hubs

Case Studies – Food Hubs

Posted by on September 23, 2011 in Food Hubs, Resources | Comments Off on Case Studies – Food Hubs

We have prepared a series of case studies to showcase different approaches and functions that can be delivered by different kinds of Food Hubs. The examples included in the attached document are shown in the image below (in bold). The document is available here: Case Studies (Food Hub – Sept 2011) Resources developed by Eaterprises and our partners are made […]

Straight from the growers mouth – Murrnong Tours

Straight from the growers mouth – Murrnong Tours

Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Events | Comments Off on Straight from the growers mouth – Murrnong Tours

Those of you who have been enjoying the fruits of David Arnold’s labour this year may be interested in a field trip? Visit Murrnong as part of a tour with David and enjoy a delicious and healthy organic lunch of farm produce, amongst the trees. Murrnong is only meters away from Violet Town, 1km from the train station. The tour […]

Murrnong, Violet Town

Murrnong, Violet Town

Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Farms & Farmers | Comments Off on Murrnong, Violet Town

Murrnong is at Violet Town, 180km north of Melbourne. The 8 hectare property has been developed for tree crop agriculture over the last 15 years by permaculturist David Arnold. The farm includes a mixed species fruit and nut orchard, an olive grove, other low irrigation tree crops, and tree and shrub plantings for forestry, shelter and habitat. The abundant rainfall […]

McGuinness Run Olives, Wooragee

McGuinness Run Olives, Wooragee

Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Farms & Farmers | Comments Off on McGuinness Run Olives, Wooragee

“McGuinness Run Olives” is a 30ha property in Wooragee which backs onto the Chiltern- Mt Pilot National park. We have 800 olives trees and also run cattle and sheep as well as poultry. Tony and Mary run the farm with the aim of being self-sufficient for their food supplies whilst having the least impact on the environment as possible. We […]

Successful small farmers – where to from here?

Successful small farmers – where to from here?

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Direct Marketing, Farms & Farmers, Philosophy | Comments Off on Successful small farmers – where to from here?

The successful small farmers session left me with lots of new ideas. It also raised some big questions that I think are important for coming up with ‘better ways’ Got to be a better way: distributors that aren’t focused on ‘the cut’ – based on transparency, integrity, trust. Seems like a big waste of energy for farmers having to be […]

Successful small farmers – insights and experience

Successful small farmers – insights and experience

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Direct Marketing, Farms & Farmers | Comments Off on Successful small farmers – insights and experience

In the Successful Small Farmers session, there were three farmers talking about their experiences and what they’ve learnt (leading to their advice to those getting started). This was a really interesting and useful session – a wealth of knowledge and passion punctuated by dry humour and a good dose of dungarees 🙂

Training new farmers

Training new farmers

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Farms & Farmers, Services & Supports | Comments Off on Training new farmers

Continuing the theme of interesting supports and services, here are a couple aimed at developing and strengthening new farmers