Farmers (Producers)

If you grow food for sale in South Australia – whether you’re a tiny operation or a large-scale farm – you’re a ‘Farmer’ in our food system. Which means you’re also a ‘Producer’!

Below you’ll find every local resource we currently know about that will help you as a Farmer (and Producer). Or, if you’re not a farmer yourself, this page will help you connect with local farmers in your area.

CURRENT SA URBAN FOOD FARMERS

Wagtail Urban Farm

Wagtail Urban Farm

Based in Adelaide’s Mitchell Park, Wagtail Urban Farm was created by Steven, Nat and Brett, three young urban farmers with a passion for fresh, local and sustainable produce.

Wagtail grows a range of vegetables, with an emphasis on delicious, colourful salads, Asian greens and fresh herbs. They sell to local markets (currently at One Planet Market in Payneham and at The Market Shed on Holland St in the CBD), food co-ops, friends and passers-by.

Village Greens of Willunga Creek

Village Greens of Willunga Creek

Village Greens is a small, diversified organic market garden situated on the peri-urban fringe of Adelaide on the Fleurieu Peninsula, an hour south of Adelaide. These young farmers are passionate about sustainable agriculture and the blossoming local and fair food movement in Australia.

FARMER TRAINING & INCUBATOR COURSES

The Food Forest

The Food Forest

Developed by Annemarie and Graham Brookman and their children Tom and Nikki, The Food Forest near Gawler is a permaculture farm and learning centre. It demonstrates how an ordinary family, with a typical Australian income, can grow its own food, run a small farm and create a productive and diverse landscape.

The Food Forest runs several courses throughout the year on permaculture, building with straw bales, organic vegetable growing, fruit and nut production, sustainable house design and more. Visit their upcoming course page for details.

Farmer Incubator

Farmer Incubator

So far Farmer Incubator is the only Australian ‘urban’ farmer incubator program we’re aware (operating in and around Melbourne, Victoria). If you know of any other programs – please let us know!

The non-profit, established in 2013, aims to help grow future farmers from an enterprising collective of young people who are concerned about food quality, sovereignty and security, and who are yearning to work the land. It has two programs: an annual introductory program called Pop-Up Garlic Farmers, and a more advanced agribusiness program called Pomodoro People.

WAYS TO CONNECT WITH OTHER FARMERS

Deep Winter Agrarian Gathering

Deep Winter Agrarian Gathering

Deep Winter began in early 2015 when a bunch of farmer friends decided to meet in of winter, when they’d have enough time to swap notes and share a drink. It’s now an annual event that moves around Australia. You can also join the Deep Winter closed Facebook group.

Deep Winter 2019 was hosted in South Australia and ran over three jam-packed days of farm visits, talks, shared meals and panels (you can read the re-cap here and find podcasts of several sessions by searching ‘Deep Winter Agrarian Gathering 2019’ on your chosen podcast provider).

Future Farmers SA.

Future Farmers SA

Formed in late 2019 following the Deep Winter Agrarian Gathering in South Australia, Future Farmers SA is a community of starting-out growers and farmers.

The group provides a place for collaboration and support between growers, and hopes to assist and inspire others to take the leap into small scale farming.

Young Farmers Connect

Young Farmers Connect

Young Farmers Connect (YFC) is a national non-profit committed to cultivating networks, resources and community for young farmers. They provide educational platforms and community connections that encourage our young agrarians to farm for the future, supporting the use of regenerative, holistic and sustainable agricultural practices.

YFC began in 2015 in NSW. Several chapters now exist in NSW, VIC, WA, TAS and QLD. South Australia doesn’t yet have a chapter – but you could always start your own!

FARMER SERVICES

Adelaide and Mt. Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board

Adelaide and Mt. Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board

Although intended for larger land blocks, several land management services are offered by the NRM Board. Technical support is available for landholders through tailored advice, property visits, training and publications. Sustainable agriculture is just one of their areas of support.

FARMER RESOURCES

Managing soils for sustainable production

This six-page ‘Managing soils for sustainable production’ report, produced by the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, details how to test soil, manage erosion and acidity, and improve soil structure.

Urban Farm Business Plan

Written for American urban farmers by the US Environmental Protection Agency, this Urban Farm Business Plan can provide a useful perspective for Aussie farmers on how to go about planning a new urban farm.

Poultry keeping on a small scale

Written by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, this four-page ‘Poultry keeping on a small scale’ report provides a useful overview of all the factors that go into good poultry management.

FARMER VIDEO LIBRARY

The Food Forest YouTube

Gawler’s The Food Forest has a great Youtube channel, with plenty of hands-on practical advice and interesting interviews. These are two of our favourites.

Village Greens of Willunga Creek

Gardening Australia featured our very own Village Greens of Willunga Creek!

Help us uncover those working towards a regenerative
local food system. Do you know of something we should add here?
Email hello@saurbanfood.org

MEET OUR FARMER CONNECTORS

‘Connectors’ are South Australians who volunteer their time to help link our network, providing information, contacts and connections to our members.

Priscilla Buckley

Priscilla Buckley is the founder and farmer at Adelaide Urban Food Mosaic. Although AUFM is in its’ infancy, Priscilla’s grand vision is to see a mosaic of interconnected, supportive and productive growing spaces amongst our concrete jungle, providing sustainable, nutritious food to the local community.

She believes there is huge potential for creating and expanding a micro-farm network within metro Adelaide that complements our peri-urban growers.

Have a question for Priscilla? Join our network to gain Connector access, then email hello@saurbanfood.org using the subject line ‘Farmers’.

Ella McHenry

Ella McHenry and a community of starting-out growers and farmers have kicked off Future Farmers SA. They are also the SA Chapter of Young Farmers Connect.

They aim to provide a place for collaboration and support between growers, and hope to assist and inspire others to take the leap into small scale farming.

Have a question for Ella? Join our network to gain Connector access, then email hello@saurbanfood.org using the subject line ‘Farmers’.

Are you our missing Connector?

We are looking for another Connector – are you interested or already engaged in this space? Do you have good connections with others? Or do you keep up with relevant events?

Then please – get in touch by emailing us:
hello@saurbanfood.org

What’s involved? Less than an hour a month (when needed) responding to questions and letting us know about resources or events within your food space.

IN OUR FOOD SYSTEM, FARMERS ARE LINKED TO:

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