A few months ago, founder and CEO of The Mini Farm Project, Nick Steiner, spoke to us and said that their vision is to have 100 farms from Brisbane to Cairns within five years.
Beenleigh Yatala Chamber of Commerce, through donations on behalf of our members, jumped onboard to purchase a garden bed to help feed people in Logan as a sponsor of The Mini Farm Project.
Bringing the project to Logan was a collective effort by Nick, Dr Kimberly Reis, lecturer at Griffith University and Stacey Martin, project coordinator at City Studios, along with Head of Department, AgriBusiness, Loganlea State High School, Jake Whittle.
To get the Loganlea project off the ground, The Mini Farm Project needed to sell several garden beds at a cost of $970 each. This would give them enough funding to get the farm operational. Thanks to sponsors like Beenleigh Yatala Chamber of Commerce, Cr Tony Hall, FM101, Rotary Club of Beenleigh and more, the project is underway.
The Mini Farm Project’s new charity farm is moving along with development having started in late January 2023 at Loganlea State High School.
Kirsty is the first new casual farmer employed and has been training with Liam at the Samford Charity farm site before her work began early this month.
Loganlea is a donation site with all produce grown, given for free to students in need and the local community through charity partners. The school students will participate in the project, learning the full cycle of cultivating the soil, planting, growing, picking and preparation of the food for meals.
By connecting high school, and university students, Logan’s young people can directly participate in designing and applying sustainable and resilient food futures that address the challenges of climate change and pandemic conditions.
Charity beneficiaries include Meals on Wheels, OzHarvest and other charities in the Logan Region.
“The Beenleigh Yatala Chamber of Commerce, though our members as proud sponsors of The Mini Farm Project, hope to resolve food insecurity by creating a network of charity farms to grow food for people in need all year round,” said the chamber treasurer.
“We have joined the Mini Farm Project with many other local Logan Businesses and Charities to help this project grow.”