Buying sustainably-farmed vegetables
Sustainable vegetable production nurtures the environment, providing nutrients to the soil, rather than taking them away. It maintains soil resilience for future generations while minimising carbon emissions from production and harvest to transport and packaging. Sustainable veggies are generally chemical free – produced without the use of chemical fertilisers, or bug and weed killers. They’re produced close to home, and they’re consumed in the season in which they grow. It can be tricky to identify sustainably grown veggies, but organic certification is a good start. There are, however, many chemical free vegetable producers who aren’t organically certified. The Illawarra is abundant with small scale local producers who grow a variety of chemical-free, sustainably-produced fruits and vegetables – available throughout the region.
In the Illawarra
Buena Vista Farm
A family farm dedicated to practicing sustainable agriculture and encouraging people to make connections with where food comes from.
Organisation: Social enterprise and not-for-profit organisation focused on creating more jobs for former refugees and young people that help people and the planet Programs: Urban permaculture farm, farm tours, workshops, working bees, zero waste service and education, op shop and labour-hire
Organic Regenerative Farming is the Future of Agriculture | The Future of Food
In this film, organic market gardeners Frank and Josje talk about why the supermarket system doesn't work and how Community Supported Agriculture fits into a new story for food growing. This is the future of food, a future in which both people and planet are healthier!
The Food Fight: Sustainable Food Systems with Cal Champagne, Green Connect Farm
An interview taken from Stefan Posthuma's VOX fm Illawarra, Community radio show “Food for Thought”. Stef chats with farm manager of Green Connect in Warrawong – Cal Champagne about permaculture, sustainable food, consumer choice and dollar milk.