: Green Gate Farm : NSW TAFE Riverina Institute : National Environment Center (NEC)

 Green Gate Farm : NSW TAFE Riverina Institute : National Environment Center (NEC)

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Green Gate Organic Farm acknowledge the Wiradjuri people, who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land on which we farm. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water and community and we pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

Farm designing in uncertainty


The National Environment Centre, home to Green Gate Organic farm is part of The Riverina Institute of Tafe Campus in Thurgoona. The 400 acre certified organic teaching farm was established in 1996 in a bid to deal with climate change, food security, unfair pricing and environmental degradation from industrial farming. 

The organic farm focuses on apply implementing Agro-ecology. We see biological diversity a focal point in all levels in our farms production. In order to get diversity we design and provide a complex of niche opportunities by maintaining landscape diversity
Green Gate Organic farms decision making process goes by a set of “farm rules” and a star energy rating system. These ethics and values developed by the interns and teachers also attune to our stake holders - the customers. The farming code is a reflection of agro-ecology principles. The interns studying the diploma in organic farming develop strategies and implement the skills for sustainable land use. This is done via the managing of Green Gate Organic Farm and developing their own organic farm management plan.

Smart farm design empowers the farm steward when dealing with external influences that can potentially cause negative impacts on the farms ecosystem. A healthy ecosystem is a resilient system. Heavy reliance on industrial energy for farm production can have detrimental effects to the farmer. Things like climate change and oil prices can leave mono-cultural farming systems susceptible to things like financial and ecosystem collapse. Green Gate Organic farm is designed to still function and produce food when oil prices fluctuate and our customers still get to eat.