It seems that this week it’s hard to focus on anything other than the impact that COVID-19 is having on our community. Green Connect is experiencing firsthand the implications of this crisis, most notably due to all our zero-waste festival work, and our workshops and farm activities being suspended. Having a large staff base who are not only among some of the financially vulnerable populations in the country but in the case of former refugees, are also having difficulty accessing language relevant information about how to keep themselves and their communities safe, is adding to our concerns.

We are working hard to get this necessary information to our staff in their languages, to respond to some of the financial implications this is having on our business, and most importantly to look after the health and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and the wider community. We appreciate all the support we are getting in these times.

If there is a silver lining to be found amongst all of this, its that there seems to be an increased interest amongst the public in local food. This crisis has brought the fragility of our food system into the light in a big way. Now more than ever is a time for us to really invest in our local food systems, and the economy more generally. The more we can do this, the more resilient we will be in these uncertain times.

Its also heart warming to see the good-will that there is out there in the community. On Tuesday morning we posted on social media about the opportunity for people to donate a veg box to be delivered to a community member who really needs it, and we had a great response to this call out, with three veg boxes being donated.

We want to stress that at the farm, we are maintaining high hygiene standards, with regular, thorough hand washing, adequate distancing from each other, regular surface cleaning and ensuring that anyone feeling sick does not come into work.

Looking towards the next few weeks, remember that we have free-range meat and natural honey available at our online shop: Due to high customer demand, we’re also looking at extending our delivery radius within the next couple of weeks to reach more community members in need of fresh produce and are investigating potential options of offer additional products in our boxes in the coming weeks.

No contact deliveries

We provide no contact deliveries all year round making our veg boxes a great solution for those self isolating.

Take care of each other.

Green Connect Farm Manager