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Green Gate Organic Farm

The Green Gate Organic Farm is the farm operation part of the National Environment Centre (NEC), a vocational education facility part of TAFE NSW Riverina Institute in New South Wales, Australia. The farm was set up in the mid 1990’s. In the process of planning a number of uncertainties were identified that would impact of the farm success, including climate change, the increasing scarcity of farm inputs, the inability for most farmers to receive a fair price for what they produce, and the uncertainty of local markets given that most people in community are fairly disconnected from their food production system. The knowledge of the farm system has been developed by operating the farm as an action research project. Each year a new group of students, working with teachers, reflect on the farm system as it is, and then refine the plan or initiate a new pathway in the farm ecosystem. This process is standard practice for most farmers, but given that new ideas are constantly flowing, the farm’s development and the growth of a deeper understanding of the agroecological system has been rapid. The farm management approach has been to apply the understanding of the processes of ecosystems to the production of food for people; to see the farm as an ecosystem and work within that system.

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Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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Year: 2016
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Country/ies: Australia
Geographical coverage: Asia and the Pacific
Full text available at: http://www.fao.org/3/a-be860e.pdf
Content language: English
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Type: Case study

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