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Organic Farmshare Members and Community


Organic Farmshare Members and Community

This group is for Organic Farmshare members and the general public who want to connect, share, exchange info, make requests of the Cannon Hill Farmshop and stay up to date with what's happening in the South Brisbane OFS community.

Location: Brisbane Southside (Carina, Camp Hill, Cannon Hill, Morningside, Bulimba, Murrarie)
Members: 12
Latest Activity: Dec 28, 2017

Video: It's organic and we own it

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OFS morphing into coops and various distribution options

Started by gabrielle austerberry. Last reply by gabrielle austerberry Sep 25, 2014. 3 Replies

Recently there is a new chapter in the OFS saga.The produce is coming of the farm in huge amounts and FANTASTIC quality and size! You should see it! And, due to all sorts of considerations, the…Continue

Tags: Tarragindi, Annerley, Farmshare, Organic, Organic

A special promotion

Started by Farina Murray Jun 21, 2014. 0 Replies

This is a promotion running at the moment to help the farm raise funds and become a more beautiful and productive farm for the future.Anyone who purchases two fruit trees for the farm for $200 before…Continue

Tags: certified organic, beauty products, OFS, Organic Farmshare, promotion

The story so far...

Started by Farina Murray. Last reply by Vanessa Thompson Jun 1, 2014. 7 Replies

This is from the OFS website and tells the farm's story up until the end of 2012 - I've edited it so that the dates make sense :)We began as a handful of people who paid the deposit on our farm in…Continue

Tags: regeneration, owner-members, polyculture farming, organic farm share

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 28, 2017 at 12:49

Thank you Gabrielle. Oh yes still involved with BLF, my lifeline to sanity.

I've not personally heard from Farina for some years although she is still officially the owner of BLF. Andrew Cumberland does a lot of the admin day to day.

Transport and our vast distances is a major impediment to marketing in Australia compounded by the Fraudband we now have.

Love Coochie, friends have a holiday house there on Ooyan Street. Stayed overnight a few times, would loved to have moved there. Property prices are pretty wild.

There is a growers group on Russell (?) or maybe Lamb Island. They are members here on BLF although we rarely hear from them. Dave Tardent is a contact though I recall others from different islands.

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on December 28, 2017 at 12:39

In a nutshell and in my opinion, it turned out that farming near Woodenbong and selling in Brisbane & Gold Coast proved too hard.

There were enough members, but not all bought enough, every week. They were too spread out over too great a distance (various models were tried and tested). Both investment and climate on the farm proved to be hazardous.

It is still operating in a very small form by selling in 1 warehouse on the Gold Coast via Farina but it is unclear to me where the items are coming from. The actual farm is for sale, possibly as a community housing project or any reasonable offer. Beautiful spot with great water sources. 

It has been a great ride: we have no regrets at all about being involved. Met some great people, had excellent adventures and learned heaps. 

We personally have landed on Coochiemudlo Island and thus a bit away from the Bris Local Food scene, although we have started an organic foodgroup. Elaine, glad to see you are still here and active :) 

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 28, 2017 at 12:29

What is happening Gabrielle?

Being northside I never had the opportunity to buy from them. And personally I have always had my doubts about its longevity being a private venture.

So if only from a stickybeak's perspective, I'd love to know how the OFS community has travelled these last 3 years.

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on December 28, 2017 at 11:37

This group could possibly disappear as it is no longer operating as per above. At the very least an edit by Farina is in order

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on July 9, 2014 at 9:22

This event would also be an excellent way to meet OFS people and it is held in the Currumbin Ecovillage. An absolute great afternoon-evening!

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on July 9, 2014 at 9:16

Valerie and Vanessa and anyone,

Feel free to try it out, either go to the Northey street market, the stall is in the middle for another few weeks but will move to organic vegie row soon.

Other options are: 

Cannon Hill, Friday aft 4.30 -6.30 pm at 37 Ludwick st, just near the shopping centre or

Tarragindi, Saturday 8.00 am to 11 am at 45 Tarragindi road.

In both cases there are lots of opportunities for chatting and asking questions. Cash only. Selling great vegies, eggs and honey and most importantly: community!

Comment by Valerie on May 26, 2014 at 13:54
Comment by Alf Orpen on May 26, 2014 at 12:38

Yes we will record as well - Thank you :)

Comment by Vanessa Thompson on May 26, 2014 at 12:31

THAT WOULD BE COOL! - just incase we cant make it {away from computers} can it be recorded and watched later via link ? ....THANKS SO MUCH IN ADVANCE! 

Comment by Alf Orpen on May 26, 2014 at 12:20

Hi Vanessa and All - we are planning a 1 hr webinar so that people can learn the Why How and What of Organic Farm Share. Would that interest you? Cheers - Alf


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