Me Farms plot
Me Farms a local farm
Harvest Hub are reaching out for truly local into the suburbs. In Fairfield and Bankstown there are farms which produce amazingly flavoursome produce. Harvest Hub guarantees that 50 cents in the dollar spent goes back to their farmers.
Multicultural Enterprises Australia (MEA)
Me Farm Seedlings
Multicultural Enterprises Australia (MEA) established out of the Cabramatta Community Centre in 2011 began MEFarms. Supported by Community Builders state funding for 3 years we have incorporated KPI’s of this funding with objectives so the farm could be self sufficient.
MEA is a social enterprise championed by Suji Upasena. Together Suji and a working party consisting of several local Fairfield, Cabramatta and Liverpool agencies initiated a farm concept to support migrants, refugees, and local residents in pursuit of horticultural training and work experience to operate in a fresh produce farm environment.
MEFarms supporting migrants & local residents horticultural training and work experience to operate in a fresh produce farm environment. Fairfield,Bankstown.
Winter and what happens at the farm.
Me Farms tell us, “Sydney has just passed the longest day of the year and with only two months before spring is well underway with seeding in our nursery. Our mild winter days are up to 20 degrees and our nights only down to 5 degrees. This has seen some remarkable growth in our young seedlings. Right now were sowing leeks, swiss chard, carrots, beetroot, radish, sunflower, Brassicas and garlic.”
MEFarms are migrants and locals who have a plot of land and grow using Organic principals which include not using sprays. It means balancing the soil naturally with fertislisers, water balancing and by working the nitrate content of the soil properly reducing weeds and preventing the crops from being eaten.
For more information on MEFarms.
Harvest Hub guarantees 50cents in the dollar goes back to the Farmer.
This is a mix of Swiss Chard, Red chard and golden chard. Packed with Vitamin K, A, C and E and high in fibre, riboflavin and B6. It’s a bit of a superfood and the Rainbow Chard are high in beta-carotene which we know is an anti-oxidant protecting the eyes from sun damage.
The grower this week is Dominic Vatuli who heralds from the Mt Lewis area within the Bankstown. His country of origin is Italy and with that a strong heritage of fresh produce production was brought out to Australia with his family. Dominic operates on 200m2 of land in his own property, but has visioned extending to neighbouring yards upon increased demand for his produce. He is part of the growing urban farm movement known as SPIN (small plot intensive) farming that heralds from Canada.
Dominic is a member of the Multicultural Enterprises Farm group that is a social enterprise forming a growers co-operative that will help bolster growth in local urban food production focusing on the organic naturally grown practices and supporting equal food with fair pricing for all.
Expect big things from this man in the coming months and especially across the next year.
Preparing and Cooking
Do not wash before storing.
Keep in a well ventilated but covered environment like a plastic bag or container and change the bag regularly. You can blanch it and freeze also. To remove any bitterness quickly into boiling water for 3 minutes which removes any aciditicy. Then steam or stir fry.