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Our farm has been washed away. If you can, please share or donate

We have no words to describe how grateful we are to everyone that has shown their support so far. We are going to do all we can to get composting and growing again as soon as we can. It is going to be a long road though.

Hello Wonderful community,

It goes without saying perhaps, but what’s just transpired out at the farm is a climactic event of colossal proportions.

The rain which fell in Mount Glorious exceeded the Australian record for maximum rainfall in 24 hrs – 709mm. These are the headwaters of our Creek, and the water levels we experienced were higher than anyone in the area has seen. Something so powerful that it defies explanation and really needed to be seen and felt to be believed.

To us, this event is one that happens on a time scale in the 500 to 1000 year category.

All of our hardware for compost collection has been lost. Our seedling house and its contents are gone. The structure we erected as our processing facility has had all of its contents stripped and, although it is still standing, its integrity has been greatly compromised.

The garden is now littered with tools and bathtubs and belongings that got caught in the trellises still standing from our cucumber and eggplant crops.

All crops have now either failed or are rapidly being harvested from the ground to be distributed.

We are our knees looking up at an enormous recovery task where the outcome is uncertain and the direction still being coursed.

The definites that exist however, are:

  • We will continue to collect yields from our kitchen partners to feed our animals, worms and biology.
  • We will return to providing market vegetables to our community at some stage.
  • And we will work as fast as we can, to allow our community to continue to engage with this amazing place.

This challenge has humbled us and the amazingly generous response from all of you, has reaffirmed that the most valuable crop we have been cultivated out here, is you, the community.

This is the beginning of a new chapter for Loop Growers, and one we are sure will lead us into even more prosperous times.

Thank you for all of your love and support.

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Loop Scoop Vol 1

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food

We grow food, the real stuff – straight from the soil and chockers full of nutrients. There’s nothing artifical here because our produce is grown the old fashioned way – raised on blood, sweat and a whole lotta compost. It’s then sold to good folk in our community who care more about whats on the inside, than whats on the out… although we do think our veggies are pretty darn cute!

Our little bio-intensive market garden, just 30km north-west of Brisbane, pumps out a wide range of chemical free,  closed-loop fruit and veg that feeds our growing community of households and local businesses.

Whats close-looped about it? Glad you asked – we deal with a wide range of cafes, restaurants, bars and brewers who lovingly provide their excess organic materials (yields) to feed the worms at the farm, and we in return, cycle back the material as fresh produce – Loop Closed Baby!

yields

So heads up – when it comes to food, we’ve stopped using the word waste… And we’ve managed to convince a whole bunch of chefs to do so too! We have set up unique systems into cafes, bars and restaurants all around Brisbane, so that organic materials coming from our partnered kitchens become YIELDS, not waste. This system is designed to create more effective resources for our farm by separating different yields into colour-coded buckets ! Pretty great right…

Well yeah! These yields are the fuel that keeps our soil biology happy and healthy, and so we cherish every last egg shell, each kale stalk and all of the coffee grounds that come our way.

Its hard for us to imagine where all the rest of it is going…

Maybe something to think about next time your out to breakfast!

community

For us, the most valuable component to this system is community. By looking deeper into soil health and taking the time to appreciate food that is grown properly, we start to look to the people we surround ourselves with more and more. We develop relationships with businesses that have abundant resources, we look to our neighbours who may be willing to trade their tomatoes for our cucumbers and we talk to our friends with whom we could share knowledge with in exchange for help in the garden. We are extremely lucky with the community that has built around this project over a few short years. Its amazing to see what a group of people can do when they collaborate and work together.

We hold regular events out here at Loop HQ. Attending these events is a great way to learn new things, meet new people and get a little insight into what the work of a thriving community can accomplish.

You can also go to any of these venues to support local food and sustainability in and around Brisbane. These guys all divert their kitchen scraps away from landfill to help us grow veggies!!

Alphabet Cafe 

All My Friends

Essa

Elska

Florence

Grown

Little Acre Mushrooms

Little Tree Bake and Brew House

Lucky Duck

Mongrel

Netherworld

Range Brewing

Sippy Tom

Sprout Artisan Bakery

Vvaldmeer

Wooden Horse

We also work closely with these guys when we can:

Food Connect

The Scratch Bar

Thai Hoa

we are loop growers

We are Alice & Phil, and along with our incredible community and the helpful (read; hindering) paws of Derek the dog, are loop growers. We acknowledge and deeply respect the indigenous history of this land and the Turrbal, Jaggera, Jinibura and Kabi Kabi People who have resided here for countless generations.

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