The Mini Farm Project

The Mini Farm Project

2204 Mount Samson Rd, Samford Valley, QLD, 4520

Combating food insecurity: The Mini Farm Project in Samford Valley, Moreton Bay

Based in the picturesque hinterland town of Samford Valley, The Mini Farm Project is a local Moreton Bay social enterprise dedicated to addressing the pressing issue of food insecurity by building a network of charity farms to grow free, nutritious food for people in need.

The premise of The Mini Farm Project is straightforward yet impactful: converting underutilised spaces into urban farms. Through the implementation of low-impact farming methods, they cultivate a diverse range of fresh produce including vegetables, fruits, herbs, wild edibles, honey, bush foods, chicken eggs and fish.

What sets them apart is their community-driven approach; rather than commercial gain, their focus lies in giving back. The fruits of their labour are freely donated to local charities and food security agencies, ensuring that vulnerable communities have access to good-quality and nutritious food in all seasons.

Some of the local charities include Breakfast Club Redcliffe, Meals on Wheels Moreton Bay and Bribie Island Pantry.

The reality of food insecurity in Australia

In a country where millions grapple with food insecurity, their work is a beacon of hope, the urgency of their mission is underscored by sobering statistics.

According to recent statistics, more than 3.7 million Australian households are experiencing food insecurity – in 2022, 440,000 of those were in Queensland due to financial constraints.

Rising living costs and supply issues due to climate impact are contributing to families skipping meals or going whole days without eating.

In turn, charities cannot keep up with the demand for fresh fruit and vegetables, hot meals and hampers as they too struggle with the sharp increase to food prices.

Food insecurity stats from Mini Farm Project

  • 1 in 6 Australians went hungry in 2021
  • 1.2 million Australian children when hungry in 2021
  • 1 million+ households in Australia (21%) have experienced severe food insecurity in 2022
  • 440,000 Queensland households went hungry due to lack of funds, skipping meals or going without eating in 2022
  • 1.3 million Australian children lived in severely food insecure households in 2022
  • 241,000+ Queensland children lived in severely food insecure households in 2022
  • 230,000 Queensland households received assistance from food relief organisations in 2022

Get involved with The Mini Farm Project

The Mini Farm Project stands as a testament to the power of collective action and compassion.

Through donations and community support, individuals can contribute to their mission of providing farm-fresh produce to those in need, creating meals and hampers that nourish both body and soul

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Acknowledgement of Country - We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waterways of the Moreton Bay Region, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, and Turrbal people and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise the ongoing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to this land and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of this land.