The Food Forest

2005 National Banksia Environmental Awards

Finalist: Education category

banksia awards logoThe Banksia Environmental Awards are recognised as Australia’s pre-eminent environmental awards. The awards acknowledge excellence, dedication and leadership in various areas that contribute to the environment and a sustainable future.

The Food Forest was a finalist in the 'Business Environmental Responsibility & Leadership Award - for the business or government business enterprise that has demonstrated finest leadership, commitment and excellence in protecting Australia’s environment and contributing to a sustainable future'.

The property was regarded as - "a model for sustainability. The Food Forest is a family business demonstrating sustainable land use. It offers:

  • Organically certified foods
  • Education services to universities, schools and the public
  • Specialised education in Permaculture including teacher training
  • Australia’s best demonstration site of straw bale building and domestic reedbed technology

Appropriate crops are grown using less than 20% of the normal irrigation water. Efficient equipment has been built to process crops on site and return by-products to the production stream.

Wildlife has been profitably built into the agricultural system. The Food Forest was Australia’s top organic farm in 2003."