As always, there is a whole lot happening at Green Connect this month! Alright, here we go…

Funding

The big news last week was new collaborative funding from the Ian Potter Foundation and the Westpac Foundation, which will be used to develop all of Green Connect’s business arms. This funding will create 111 more jobs for young people and former refugees over the next three years. We’ll be ramping up environmental education at the farm, opening more shops and strengthening our zero waste and labour hire arms. You can see the full media release here.

We are so incredibly grateful to both Foundations for their financial, moral and practical support over the last few years and into the future.

Pork

We have only four packs of our free range pork still available for pick up from our butcher. Get in quick and order yours here.

Work needed

We have a group of amazing young people (like Carl, above) and wonderful former refugees, who are looking for more work. Do you know of any opportunities in:

  • Horticulture / landscaping / green-keeping
  • Carpentry (one of our staff really wants a carpentry apprenticeship)
  • Other hands-on work

Short-term (labour hire) or long-term jobs, please let us know! Email staffing@green-connect.com.au

Second-hand survey

What do you buy second hand? Where do you buy it and why? We want to keep more out of landfill and to do that we need to know what the community wants!

Please fill in the survey here and share it with your family and friends!

Awards

On 22 November, Kylie will be off to the NSW Business Awards where Green Connect is a finalist in Excellence in Sustainability. We are also finalists for a Green Globe Award next week. It’s all happening, please wish us luck!

                                 

Media

In case you missed it, we were on the cover of and featured on pages 16-19 in the November issue of fantastic local news magazine, 2515 . You can see it here.

We were also featured on WIN News here, and did a radio interview with ABC Illawarra here (from 1:04:15). A big month for Green Connect!

Poster design needed

Do you want to flex your creative muscles? Can you design an A3 poster that represents Green Connect for an upcoming “Art with a Message” exhibition? Find out more info here.

Sustainable Christmas gift ideas

The wonderful Hadassa Rorke has written a blog post for Green Connect, collating the best sustainable gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season. Read it here and let us know what you think.

Ways to get involved

  • Farm internships for 2020 are open now. These are unpaid but have great benefits. Read more and apply here
  • Volunteer applications are always welcome here
  • If you know a 16-25 year old who is not working, not studying, and needs a foot in the door, ask them to apply for our youth employment program here. More info about this program here
  • Applications for paid work for former refugees and young people are always welcome here

Upcoming events

  • Dig Day (volunteer day) – Friday 29 November (9am-2pm), register here
  • Community Day – Saturday 30 November (10am-2pm), by donation – here
  • Farm tour – Monday 16 Dec (9.30-10.30), $22 per person – here
  • School holiday farm experiences, various dates in January (1 hour), $10 per person – here

Ways you can help

  • Donate a chicken (great Christmas gift!) here
  • Find large (20L) white buckets with lids and bring them to the farm
  • Fill in our second-hand survey here
  • Engage us to work for you, doing cleaning, gardening, farming, administration, litterpicking, waste handling, general labour and more. More info here
  • Donate items to or Return and Earn your drinks containers at our op shop

That’s all for now. Keep up with us on all the usual social media channels – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn and have a great weekend!