Nestled in Lorinna - one of the most pristine areas of farmland in the world - we grow an organic bounty. Our small farm is located in the upper Forth River valley within an off-grid community isolated from the influence of conventional agriculture. Here our family works tirelessly to grow honest food. Besides producing a wide variety of organic fruit and vegetables, we graze cows, alpacas, goats, chooks and two friendly horses.
We are a family of five: Wouter, Elyse, Arend, Gita and Rohan
Wouter's passion for many years has been growing vegetables and living sustainably. He started 'deDoederij', one of Belgium's first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farms, in 2010 and passed it on in 2013 when our family moved back to Australia. Elyse was born in Lorinna and sustainability has always been embedded in her way of life.
With a strong grounding in renewable, organic practices and a long standing family tradition of growing vegetables, our market garden provides organic produce. This is available weekly at the Harvest farmers' market in Launceston, via our Community Supported Agriculture customizable veggie box program, and restaurants in Launceston and Hobart.
We grow up to 70 different crops and only use heirloom and open-pollinated varieties to ensure high quality produce with great flavour. Our seedlings, potting mixes, solar and micro-hydro electricity are all produced on farm. We also save seed and propagate our own vegetable varieties, with particular pride in Wouter's Belgian cauliflower and leek.
We aim to use as little packaging as possible. When we must, we choose biodegradable materials where available and take it as our responsibility to care for the environment.
At our nearby pickup points we use returnable boxes.
In addition to growing vegetables, fruit and potatoes we have on farm support activities like growing cereals, trees and other woody plants in an savanah style agro- forestry system in combination with grazing animals to create a net positive carbon balance on our farm, maximizing our farm's agro-ecological potential and ensuring a healthy fertility balance on our land.
We are weekly at the Harvest farmers' Market in Launceston and would love to see you there for a chat.
We are excited and proud to offer our CSA with fully customizable veggie boxes
For season 2023-2024 we have space for 30 boxes and we've just opened up as of October 30 2023
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is an alternative economic model of agriculture and food distribution. We already sell direct to the consumer, but this takes it an extra step in the direction of a solidarity economy. CSA members, or subscribers, pay at the beginning of the growing season for a share of the anticipated harvest. This allows us to concentrate on farming and looking after our family.
It works like this: customers select a veggie box “share” of a preferred size(s), and pay for it, either partially or in full, upfront. We then deliver this share weekly or every other week to the nominated pickup point. We offer customers the option of selecting produce preferences and send a weekly share content list, which can be reviewed and changed. To oversee and manage all this we use an online program.
If there is any one way to best support a farming family, it is to purchase a CSA share. By committing yourself to a share, you are better supporting our farming practices by freeing us from having to devote so much time to marketing our produce, and giving us the financial confidence to regularly make better farming decisions. We would like to foster a deeper connection with our customers and we believe that this would promote that.
Currently we have two collection options open, one in Lorinna and one at the farmers' market in Launceston, both on Saturday.
Depending on interest/needs we can have other pickup points. Please get in touch with us to see if another pickup point would be possible.
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We are also open for orders from restaurants and other wholesale customers. Use our website contact form for initial contact and we'll email you back ASAP.