We have certified organic farmers that are enduring ongoing fire risk, property protection and stress. Counting the cost of bushfires, their businesss and some through an unrelenting drought. There are other certified organic producers that are at risk, but due to their farming enterprises cannot leave their farm. Benmar Farm (pictured above) & Marook Farm are have been under threat from multiple fire fronts. As are others included on this map. Beyond the initial fires, we are now hearing stories of organic farmers from Adelaide Hills, East Gippsland, North East Victoria, and regional areas of NSW. We will work towards supporting them, both through their farm recovery and volunteer support on their long road ahead.
BUSHFIRE AFFECTED ORGANIC FARMERS
There are many organic and biodynamic farmers in the direct line of the bushfires across Southern Australia. Together with enduring the longest drought on record, we are working to keep these farmers in business. To recover from the fires and retain their organic status these farmers urgently need help with:-
- Certified organic fodder
- Certified organic agistment
- Transport to suitable organic farmland until the danger passes
- Funds to replace essential farm equipment
- Volunteers in their restoration plan
- Replacement of new seasons crops & trees
- Land and soil restoration
- Native bushland recovery
* If you are a CONCERNED ORGANIC CONSUMER you can help in the following ways:-
* If you are a CERTIFIED ORGANIC PRODUCER or FARMER AFFECTED by the current fires please contact us HERE with specific details of what support you require
* If you are a CERTIFIED ORGANIC PRODUCER that can OFFER fodder, agistment or other assistance to other organic farmers contact us directly HERE
* If you are a business interested in direct donations from your customers – you can contact us directly HERE. You can also share our FLYER with your customers. Or if your business can assist in bushfire and drought recovery of organic farms – contact us HERE.
ORICoop is working with partners in each region to get our farmers back on their farms growing organic food and fibre. What about planning your next trip to the country – offering some hands-on deck for farmers that need a hand (once the fire risk has passed).
** All financial support received will be overseen by our regional representatives & an ORICoop Board member to ensure that the funds get to those that need it.
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