The Mini Farm Project is urban farming using a range of low impact growing and farming methods, that produces fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, wild edibles, honey, bush foods, chicken eggs and fish across their network farms in Queensland.
In Logan, the Mini Farm is located at Loganlea State High School and was launched in May in collaboration with Griffith University, Logan City Council’s CityStudio and the local community.
A team of part-time farmers that overlap each other ensuring a farmer is never far away, and plenty of students, oversee the farms operation.
The food grown is freely donated to local charities and food security agencies, as well as the school itself. This provides vulnerable communities with continual access to good-quality and nutritious food in all seasons.
The schools mini farm has 40 active beds, stage one of the project, that are on rotation for different seasons and the produce has already been helping those in need. Stage two of the project at Loganlea is another 40 beds.
“Most of these beds have been sponsored by businesses, community groups, and individuals,” said The Mini Farm Project founder Nick Steiner.
“We let sponsors know that it is an investment of $2,000 and is an investment in their community.
“If we sell all 80 beds at $2,000 per bed that operates this farm completely with wages, inputs and everything for an entire year, which means we can give all the food away.”
If a bed sponsorship is out of reach but you want to help, you can join their Giving Circle for only $3.70 per month which is also tax deductible.
There are now one in five households going hungry each day as there is not enough food going to those in need. More ‘mini farms’ will help this problem disappear and Logan is helping lead the way.