Oops, we missed a weekly wrap in there but you'll have to forgive us because last Tuesday we made our first harvest for sales! Not only that but all the sales we made were to businesses within a 1km radius. Take that, food miles!
We'd especially like to thank our friends at Santos Organics for not hesitating to jump on board. These guys are well-known in the Northern Rivers for their ongoing support of local, organic farmers.
Sense of achievement doesn't begin to describe that first harvest feeling! And although we're not talking massive amounts - and can't even think about adding up the true cost of those herbs including all the hours worked over the last 7 months since we first broke ground - it is amazing to think that something we grew actually turned into cash.
There's a meme that gets around a bit on facebook (perhaps only if like me your feed is full of fellow farmers and foodies) that's accompanied by a Ron Finlay quote:
"Growing your own food is like printing your own money."
I never quite got that one. "Really?," I thought, "Growing your own food is really just like... well, growing your own food. Which is great. But it's definitely not like printing your own money" I've changed my mind since Tuesday.
Our timing has been spot on really, considering that Fair Food Week kicked off on the 10th October and will run until the 19th. If you haven't yet been turned on to this amazing initiative click on the link and explore. There are almost 100 events going on across the country in celebration of "fresh, local, community-driven food enterprises, farmers, community gardeners and eating." What's not to love?!
After our scheduled community gardens event was cancelled at the last minute, Future Feeders decided to carry on hosting an intimate tour with a small but engaged group that showed up on Saturday the 11th. Kudos goes to Joel for being committed to getting on with the job despite all odds (true to form). In his words, "you can't postpone fair food week - it's a national event!"
At Future Feeders - like many other small-scale farmers farming sustainably - its fair food week every week but this particular week is a fantastic opportunity to spread the word about ethically-produced food far and wide. Get on board.
Future Feeders Team