The Mini Farm Project at Loganlea State High has announced the commencement of Stage Two, aimed at constructing 40 new farm beds to address the urgent issue of food insecurity.
With the assistance of 30 dedicated volunteers through Volunteer Queensland, the project aims to build 40 beds within a remarkable timeframe of just 4 hours, a significant improvement from the previous 5-week construction period for the initial 40 beds.
“Our purpose is to establish a network of charity farms dedicated to cultivating food throughout the year to alleviate hunger in our community,” explained Nick Steiner, founder of the Mini Farm Project.
“With approximately one in five households experiencing food scarcity on a daily basis, the need for our farm has never been more pressing. It is our mission to ensure that those who require assistance receive adequate nourishment.”
Having commenced operations in late January of this year, the farm has already achieved considerable success, producing an estimated 50 kg of fresh produce per week, equivalent to approximately 200 meals.
The current harvest is being distributed to students in need at the school and Marsden Community Connect. However, with the addition of Stage Two, more charitable organisations will benefit from the increased production capacity.
To sustain and expand the project’s initiatives, the Mini Farm Project relies on multiple funding avenues. Businesses are offered the opportunity to sponsor individual beds and gain recognition through a dedicated plaque at the bed and promotion on social media channels.
This presents a unique chance for businesses to make a tangible impact within the community. 38 businesses and community groups including Community Bank Logan have already sponsored 38 of the original 40 beds and the Mini Farm Project is now looking for 40 more sponsors for stage two.
For individuals who wish to support the Mini Farm Project, the organisation offers a unique donation program known as the “The Giving Circle” or what Nick calls The Mini Farm Army.
With a monthly donation of $3.70, Nick aims to rally 100,000 compassionate Australians to come together and fund the establishment of one farm each month, effectively transforming the face of food relief efforts in Queensland.
Additionally, those who appreciate a good cup of coffee can contribute by purchasing the Mini Farm Blend. For every 20,000 1 kg bags sold, Nick will be able to fund the development of a one-acre farm. This innovative approach offers a unique opportunity to make a difference while enjoying a daily ritual.
Highlighting the severity of the situation, recent reports from the Council in 2020 have identified over 47,000 individuals in the Logan Region who require daily food assistance. The Mini Farm Project aims to establish a series of farms to aid their charity partners in providing free produce to those in need.
Nick Steiner intends to revolutionise the charity sector through his ingenious donation program, the Giving Circle. By providing donors with full financial transparency in this program and voting on which farm is built next.
To find out how you can contribute and make a meaningful difference, or if you would like to join the Mini Farm Army, please visit the Mini Farm Project’s website at www.mfp.org.au.