A Overview of Business of An Organic Farmer

March 4, 2001

Busy mum Penny Brown, 35 is an organic farmer.

Tell Us About The Farm

We farm seasonal organic vegetables and natural bush foods. Farming involves enriching the soil, sewing seeds and planting seedlings, weeding, protecting crops, dealing with farm pests and diseases, harvesting, and distributing or selling the produce.

We have a 25-acre farm located on the Shoalhaven river flats, east of Nowra. We employ 3 part time hands and work 3 days a week on the farm. The remainder of the week is spent in Sydney. I work approx 30 hours a week doing farm stuff.

I operate a stall at Paddington markets every Saturday. I also do the North Sydney Growers market every third Saturday of the month. The rest of my week is devoted to looking after my 3 daughters.

Where do you sell your produce?

We sell the produce from the farm mainly to the central coast market at Flemington and also to organic shops. We also sell to local restaurants in the area straight from the farm.

Is there a big market for organic produce?

The market for organic produce is constantly growing, it is a very exciting industry to be involved in.

Is it difficult to compete with big suppliers?

Competing with other big suppliers is not a problem, providing we maintain our quality. There is never enough organic produce available.

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