Wollongong’s freshest, healthiest fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey and free-range meat
Green Connect’s farm is in Warrawong (10 minutes from Wollongong CBD) and our produce is picked as close as possible to when we deliver it to your door or pick-up hub. The bunch of spinach, sprig of rosemary or head of lettuce you’re preparing for dinner on a Thursday night was still in the ground that morning. Now that’s fresh!
All our produce is chemical-free, meaning we use organic principles (but are not certified so we can’t use the word “organic”). There are no chemical fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or other nasties on our farm.
We sell weekly fruit and vegetable boxes to the local community, with pick-up points throughout the Illawarra and home delivery available to most of Wollongong. We deliver on a Thursday (and on a Wednesday to Kiama). We also grow produce for and sell to cafes, restaurants, hotels and caterers. Our honey and free-range meat is available every couple of months. Email us at fairfood[at]green-connect.com.au if you’d like to join our mailing list to be the first to know when it is available.
Fruit and veg boxes direct from the farm
- Chemical-free (no pesticides or other nasties)
- Thursdays (weekly or fortnightly)
- Pick up from locations across the Illawarra, or home delivered between Bellambi and Windang
- Pause, cancel or change anytime (by midday Tuesday each week)
Each week you’ll get a range of produce directly from our farm in Warrawong. Fruit, vegetables and herbs are grown on-site by Green Connect staff – largely young people and former refugees – except for potatoes and onions (which don’t grow well in our microclimate) and some fruit (while we’re waiting for all of our fruit trees to reach maturity), which we source from other organic growers. Before each season starts, we’ll let you know what to expect and let you exclude up to three items you don’t want which we’ll replace with something else. Support fair food – food that is good for those who grow it (fair wages and good jobs), those who eat it (healthy and organic) and the planet (local and chemical-free).
Commercial or bulk produce
Want really good produce that also supports the local community? Green Connect sells local, seasonal, (uncertified) organic produce, grown by young people and former refugees, to cafes, restaurants, hotels and caterers. We work together. You tell us what you need, and we tell you how much we can grow and at what price. If it works for both of us, we’ll plant to meet your needs. This kind of relationship is all part of building a fairer food system. You get food that is good for those who eat it, those who grow it and the planet, and we are able to secure our future. You can also sign up to receive a weekly email that details surplus produce we will have the following week. Orders are based on a “first in, best fed” concept. Email us at fairfood[at]green-connect.com.au to be added to the list. Customers are encouraged to pick up from our farm in Warrawong, but delivery is also available for sizeable orders. Produce is harvested on a Wednesday and Thursday.
Free range meat and eggs
For those who choose to eat meat, we currently offer free range pork and are working on having free range eggs available in the near future. Our pigs are rotated so they always have fresh pasture. They live in the sunshine, roll in mud, and act like pigs. Their addition gives us the capacity to convert food waste into meat. They also help us control weeds and vegetable stubble in our cropping areas, without synthetic chemicals. They spare us from fungal issues that can occur from stubble build up. They fertilize our soil with manure. Their digging forces and mixes organic matter deep into the ground. We raise them seasonally, so meat is available every 2-3 months. Email fairfood[at]green-connect.com.au if you’d like to be added to the mailing list so that you are the first to hear when the next packs are available, and check our online shop to see if there is any frozen meat available.
Farm tours – see for yourself
It is important to know where your food comes from. We hold regular tours of our farm to allow visitors a friendly and informative behind-the-scenes look at the work that goes into producing our food – from seed to vegetable. Visitors will be able to touch, smell and taste their way through our 11-acre farmlands, and have the opportunity to meet our pigs, chickens and maybe even sheep (who are a bit shy). We also hold Farm Tours for Families that are aimed at children. This is a 1-hour tour which includes a taste of something from the farm and a planted seed to grow at home.