Organic and Biodynamic Farmers who need a hand beyond the bushfire emergency across Australia
The Organic and Regenerative Investment Co-operative (ORICoop) is calling out to volunteers interested to lend a hand in the long road to recovery for these bushfire affected farmers. Are you interested to get your hands dirty, to work hard, and to have a direct effect on farmers affected by this natural disaster earlier this year.
Our desire is to enable organic producers to have a community of passionate supporters around them - that will stand with them beyond this tragedy and the months ahead. And support them back on their feet to producing healthy food. We are critically aware of the difficulty for existing certified organic producers affected by bushfires and their long road to recovery, both physically and emotionally. We are keen to bring those that have been directly impacted, together with a team of keen helpers, that can lend a hand when it's needed.
ORICoop is founded on the principles of Co-operative values, members helping others, preserving and enhancing certified organic farmland and localised community based food production systems. True Cooperative principles are around caring about our communities in times of need, and looking beyond our own needs in difficult times.
Full details of the Bushfire Appeal are here -
FARM SUPPORT REQUIRED COULD INCLUDE:-
* On farm support
* Tree planting
* Farm Respite
* Volunteer coordination
* Native animal box making
* Other support
Any specific enquiries can be sent to
*** If you have registered previously - please log in and amend your prior application rather than creating a new one!
Name (in full)
Mobile Phone number
Area/Region (main/central base) where you are from - please include the State
Areas that are likely to need our assistance are listed below. Please indicate up to your first THREE preferences in order of your capacity to assist in these areas? (or if support remotely indicate below)
South Coast, NSW - Batemans Bay/Moruya
South Coast, NSW - Cobargo/Bermagui/Brogo/Bega
Mid Coast/Coffs Harbour/Wauchope, NSW
East Gippsland, VIC - Bairnsdale and surrounding areas
North East VIC - Corryong and surrounding
Kangaroo Island, SA
Adelaide Hills, SA
Number of volunteers in your group (family, corporate, single)
Do you have any farm experience?
Do you have other practical experience that could be valuable?
Have you volunteered previously? With who? When?
Are you an Australian resident, or have a VISA suitable to volunteer in Australia? Or given COVID are you receiving any of these benefits (unfortunately we cannot offer residency or VISA assistance as part of this project)
On tourist VISA
Keen to volunteer/work
What is your main area of interest?
When are you likely to be available? And for how long?
Do you have any likely accommodation in area? A caravan, tent, friends or family etc? Or given COVID-19, are you ok to seek appropriate accommodation locally if not possible on site?
Do you have the financial capacity to assist with you (and your groups) own costs such as meals, accommodation or travel? (depending on restrictions)
What other requirements may you have or be able to offer? (including physical limitations or health conditions)
When are you likely to be able to offer assistance?
between March - June
from June - July
Winter School Holidays
July - August
Aug - November
How long are you able to assist for? (Depending on each case/need/region)
Do you have friends or colleagues in your region that may also be interested to assist?
Would you interested to assist as a local representative in your area? For a designated volunteer project?
Are you happy to adhere to any COVID-19 limitations or restrictions involved in assisting these bushfire affected farmers?
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