This year’s Spring Family Fun Day is on Saturday, 12 October. Please come and invite your friends. We welcome all to the farm for a day of fun. Entry is free. We have organised food, music and face-painting along with the more serious side of walking around the farm to see what we are doing and talking about how and why we do what we do. The ready-to-eat food will feature our produce and there will also be a farm stall so that you can take some vegies home.
The goal of our open day is to bring family and fun to the farm. The tractors will be quiet for the day and we want to hear the sound of laughter. The open day will begin when the band begins to play and will end around 4.00pm or when the last farm walk returns to the shed.
Open days have been part of our operation at Sandy Creek Organic Farm, since we first began here over 11 years ago. Inviting everyone to the farm for walks, talks, music and food fulfils one of our guiding principles – that we should be a part of and enrich our community.
To be a part of our community we need to be open. That means anyone is welcome to visit the farm. For too long there has been a separation of farm and community. We believe it will benefit both that we should be brought closer together. All consumers should have the opportunity to understand what happens on farms. All farmers need to get to know their customers and their need for good food.
We strongly believe that farming and growing food is a natural process that should be open to the public. A farm is not an industrial facility, to be hidden behind locked gates.
We believe it benefits a community to seek food close to home. This enables us to enjoy our unique climate and location and enables us to reacquaint ourselves with our home kitchens. This enriches us in many ways, one way is that it enables us to develop and express our own unique culture.
Seasonality is the topic that we would like to talk about at this open day. We have met many challenges as we have developed our farm and our Community Supported Agriculture concept. One of the most exciting has been developing crop plans to produce food throughout the year. The biggest challenge has been our summer, with its tropical elements of heat and humidity.
This Summer we will continue to experiment with a number of food crops that are grown around the globe in the tropical zone, that includes, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas. Please bring your thoughts and ideas so that we can explore the idea of what food we should be eating here in Glasshouse Mountains Country on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast.
I hope to see you at Sandy Creek Organic Farm, 2471 Old Gympie Rd, Beerwah, on Saturday, 12 October.