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Meet the farmers: Millen Farm & Mini Farm Project

Get to know the legends behind many of the delicious herbs and greens that come through Food Connect, and hosts of our first 2021 farm tour.

Location: Samford (Kupidabin)

The Mini Farm Project
In their mission to fight food insecurity, The Mini Farm Project (MFP) converts under-utilised spaces into urban farms to provide nutritious food to the more vulnerable members of our community. They freely donate produce to local charities and food security agencies like Meals on Wheels, while selling a portion to people like us (and you!) to help fund their farms and market gardens in places like Millen Farm.

Millen Farm
Millen Farm is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation who have transformed around 3300m2 of underutilised public land into a nourishing food bowl. They're growing the foundations for a health, regenerative urban farming system by feeding the community with their produce, leasing land to MFP, providing a place for anyone to learn about gardening and sustainable food production through volunteering and workshops, and more.

Q&A with MFP founder, Nick Steiner

What do you love about what you do?
I love being able to follow my purpose to grow food for those in need. I especially enjoy watching our volunteers come to site and make connections with other people as they volunteer.

What methods do you use? We are a no spray, no till market garden farm using agroforestry processes in our farming practices.

Why do you choose to supply to Food Connect?
Local food systems are important to us and selling our produce to Food Connect allows us to support the work that you do and in turn helps us grow more food for those in need. Collaborations like this benefit everyone.

What would you most like to see change in how consumers engage with their food?
I would like to see customers have a greater understanding of the importance of fresh produce and food to their health and wellbeing as well as an increase up take to buying local produce over supermarket produce.