We’re lucky enough to be part of the new Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op. A collaboration of diverse organic farmers in Central Victoria.
Katie and Hugh Finley have taken a new approach to succession planning for their second generation family farm, a 47 acre certified organic farm in Central Victoria now home to the co-op. Unlike the traditional farming co-op model; people farming the same product on different properties, using the combined energy to sell together, we’re doing things a little different. Different farming enterprises, working together on the same land to bring diversity and resilience to the land and our customers.
So far we are:
Gung Hoe Growers
Sas & Mel are the two hoes who make up Gung Hoe Growers. They grow real, dirty, food in Harcourt, Victoria. Gung Hoe Growers build soil, belly laughs, veggie porn and feed their local community through veggie boxes, a seasonal farm shop and various restaurants and cafes.
Tellurian Fruit Gardens
Orchardist, Ant, grows stone fruit, apples and pears. Selling through Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, farmers’ markets, pick your own and farm shop. CSA Members can name their own price or organise a labour exchange for fruit.
Carr’s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery
Under the mentorship of Merv Carr who has been grafting and budding heritage fruit trees for over 50 years, Katie Finlay and Sas Allardice are continuing the tradition. Carr’s Organic Fruit Tree Nursery grows a huge variety of quality heritage fruit trees for sale in winter as bare-rooted trees.
Grow Great Fruit
Hugh and Katie Finlay use their 20 years’ experience as organic fruit growers to teach others how to successfully grow organic fruit at home with their home-study program and one-on-one support.
And of course Sellar Farmhouse Creamery!
We’re still looking for new co-op members so please get in touch if you have a farming idea that is compatible and complementary with existing enterprises. Some opportunities that have been identified include:
• Maidenii vermouth Botanical Garden
• native foods
• plant nursery
Connect with the Co-op at https://www.facebook.com/Harcourt-Organic-Farming-Co-op-1200312746785253/