Organic Farmers directly affected by bushfires across Southern Australia
Are you an organic farmer that has been directly affected by the bushfires in in Southern Australia, or are you likely to be impacted over the coming weeks? The Organic & Regenerative Investment Co-operative (ORICoop) is putting a call out, to assist farmers at this difficult time. We would like to hear from you.
We want to support organic producers to recover from these bushfires, while retaining their organic certification and supporting the restoration of their farming enterprise and to see the ongoing production of healthy certified organic food. We are critically aware of the complexity for certified organic producers affected by bushfires to retain their organic certification through natural disasters such as bushfires, as seen by Black Saturday. We are keen to bring together people that are able to help, with those that are in the direct line of bushfire risk, now and in the coming weeks and months to come. And to work with certifiers where appropriate, to support the restoration of organic farming businesses in times of such unprecedented disasters.
ORICoop is founded on the principles of Co-operative values, preserving & enhancing certified organic farmland, real financial returns and localised 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.
Details about ORICoop are here -
FARM SUPPORT REQUIRED INCLUDES:-
• Your business type (livestock, horticulture & dairy)
• Transport options
• Other help required?
You can access details of initial support here -
** If you are a certified organic producer in need of help - please make sure you contact your certifier to verify any derogations, consideration or limitations in your current enterprise. (We will need these details to assist you)
** If you prefer to contact us directly - our email is
** All requests for help are done so in strict confidence
Name (in full)
Mobile Phone number
Area/Region (main/central base)
Your website, farm Instagram or FaceBook page?
What is the main affect of the fires on your farming business?
What sort of organic product do you (or were you) producing currently?
Are you certified organic/biodynamic? What is your certification number?
If you are not certified, have you operated your farm on organic principles. Can you demonstrate this?
What is your main area of need for your organic farming business to continue?
What sort of support is likely to be most beneficial?
What sort of physical support is likely to be required post immediate fire danger?
Are there other types of non-farming support that could assist you?
What type of volunteer labour would assist in your recovery? (After the fire danger has passed).
And for what timeframe ?
Are you able to assist with logistics of transport or coordination?
Do you have capacity to acquire product at low or nominal cost? (or tap into any local funding to assist with some of the cost?) Would you like someone to contact you regarding this?
Who are you certified with?
Organic Food Chain
Southern Cross Certified
For how long are you likely to need support for?
Now (once off)
2- 6 months
6 - 12 months
Do you have other organic producers in your region that may also be in need? Would you be able to assist as a local representative in your area?
Do you need to discuss the likely process with delivery times, requirement & costs?
Are you ok with one of our Consultants to contact you to discuss your needs (in strict confidence)? When is a good time?
We (ORICoop) are interested to share stories of farmers affected by the bushfires. Would you be okay for our ORICoop media volunteer to connect with you to talk more about your story. And let us know best way to contact (mobile, email)
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