Growing People

Green Connect exists to create jobs and training opportunities for former refugees and young people with multiple and complex barriers to employment. Walking alongside our staff as they progress through our employment program is incredibly rewarding. And we love to celebrate our amazing staff at all stages of their journey. And so, we would love to introduce you to Harley.

Young man standing in market garden holding bamboo pole vertically. He is smiling at the camera and wearing an orange high vis shirf and light pants.Harley (pictured here) has been with Green Connect for eight months, working mainly at the farm and with our Gardening and Landscaping team. He has a deep, genuine passion for ecology and the outdoors, and I am constantly amazed by his depth of knowledge in subjects ranging from mushroom growing to fruit trees. I also hear he is an outstanding didgeridoo player and I look forward to hearing him play soon!

Harley has recently completed his first supervisor shift, and with his enthusiasm and attitude, I am confident we will continue to watch him grow and progress.

It has also been thrilling to see the growth of the other young people who have joined our employment program recently. One particularly engaged young staff member has completed the work experience program, obtained a First Aid Certificate, and completed paid shifts in Zero Waste, Gardening and Landscaping and at the Farm in only 2 months! This person recently told me that working at Green Connect “makes me feel like I’m making a difference and learning things I can use later in life.” I’m excited to see them and others thrive within Green Connect and beyond.

Thank you for purchasing your veg box from Green Connect and enabling us to nurture and employ staff like Harley and others.


Emily Henderson
Fair Food and Farm Manager

In your box this week:

Grid of what we're planning on packing in veg boxes on 21 June 2022

Note: We sometimes need to make changes to what we pack in your veg box based on the quantity or quality of produce that we can harvest and source. If you have any questions about what is in your box, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected].


Feature Veg: Fennel

Florence fennel growing in soil

A relative of carrots and celery, fennel is known for its large white bulb, feathery leaves, and aromatic aniseed flavour. This underrated veggie is more versatile than you might think. The bulb can be shredded in salads, sautéed or roasted as a side dish, or cooked into soups and sauces. The fronds can be added to salsas, stocks, dressings, dips, eggs, roast veggies, seared meats and more. Store your fennel loosely wrapped in a damp tea towel in your veggie crisper and it should last up to 10 days.


Check out recipes featuring seasonal produce from the farm here!

Get more information about ordering a veg box here!