: 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.

 

The story of the farm

The National Environment Centre in Thurgoona is a specialist TAFE College, part of the Riverina Institute of TAFE. This campus is home to Green Gate Organic farm. Started in 1989 by a couple of visionaries, like head teacher Rob Fenton. A 190 hectare certified organic farm, which is run on agro-ecological principles and guided by a set of ‘Farm Rules’. The current food supply chain, which is what feeds most of us most of the time, is completely dependent on cheap oil, a finite resource and therefore unsustainable. The farm demonstrates sustainable, healthy and local food production. The farm currently provides produce for the local and surrounding community of the Albury Wodonga region. Green Gate Organic farm produces organic lamb, olives, vegetables, firewood, pasture raised pork, honey, mushrooms and free grazing eggs.

 

Green Gate Organic farm specialises in teaching students Organic farming. Students studying Organic farming either by distance or as an intern on-site, develop skills in managing systems of sustainable food production. Food production systems that are suitable in times of change and uncertainty in weather, social structure, politics and environmental awareness and responsibility.

 

Here at Green Gate Organic Farm, our animals are allowed to express their innate characters. Chickens being allowed to express their chickenyness and the resident pigs all things piggy etc. This farm relies on minimal external inputs and no chemicals. We design our systems to 'take' minimal water from the Murray River and produce wholesome food for the local community. The farmer, the earths steward of the land has a responsibilty to produce food with minimal negative environmental impact. Green Gate Organic farm from the onset has been designed for un-certainty.

 

watch here our head teacher Rob Fenton talk about our farm