21% of households experienced food insecurity last year. With the rising cost of living, families are having to skip meals and go days without food just to survive. Sadly, there are many charity groups who cannot keep up with the demand for fresh fruit and vegetables as they struggle to cope with the sharp increase to food prices. Which is why I was delighted to attend the official launch of the Loganlea State High School Mini Farm. I was fortunate enough to join Loganlea State High School Principal, Brenton Farleigh and Nick Steiner – CEO of the Mini Farm Project to get an insight into just how far this community project has come in the past two years.
The food that the Loganlea State High School Mini Farm will grow will be donated to local charities, providing those in the community who are vulnerable with continual access to good-quality and nutritious food without the hefty price tag. They have secured enough funding to maintain a quarter of an acre block at the back of the school, with plans to extend this once they secure more sponsors, of which I am one. Currently, the Loganlea State High School Mini Farm is producing quality produce including Beetroot, Lettuce, Carrots and Turnips. And during the cooler months, they plan to grow Broccoli, Cauliflower and even Kale.
As they say, from little things – big things grow. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Brenton, Nick, Farmer Kirsty and all those involved with this project on a job well done.