Growing the community
We aim to encourage agricultural models that support thriving local economies, robust communities and a healthy environment.

The SAGE Market Garden Internship is one of the most important programs we have developed since we began.

Every year since 2013, we have trained a new vegetable grower and supported them as they ventured out to set up their own enterprises in our community.

CONTACT SAGE ABOUT THE MARKET GARDEN INTERNSHIP

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The internship provides practical hands-on training and mentoring for aspiring growers with little or no experience, who are motivated and ready for a self-directed learning experience.

The internship commences roughly in July each year and concludes in April of the following year. However, the search for the right candidate begins in around February, with the selection process including visits to the garden to discuss the program and some early planning. The new intern is selected in about April or May before the real work in the garden begins in July.

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The first SAGE Farmers Market was held on New Year’s Day 2013 at Riverside Park, Moruya. Since that first sunny Tuesday afternoon, the market has established a reputation as an authentic and respected farmers market. In July 2014, it was awarded “Outstanding Farmers’ Market” at delicious. Magazine‘s Annual Produce Awards – an extraordinary achievement in just 18 months. Even more extraordinary was another win for the same award in 2015.

When you buy something at the SAGE Farmers Market, you can be confident that the person you’re buying it from either grew it, harvested it or made it. That’s what makes a farmers market different. There are no middle-men, no wholesalers and everything was grown and made within our local area.

This market is also different because it’s held every Tuesday afternoon. When people can buy local produce every week as part of a normal shopping routine, it has a huge impact on the community. It means farmers can afford to stay on the land and continue to produce quality food in a sustainable way. It means the local economy stays strong and it means we continue to have access to the freshest, healthiest food possible.

The market is another mainstay of SAGE’s activities and with the support of the Eurobodalla Shire Council, is now returning funds back to SAGE to continue our work to “grow the growers”.

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CONTACT THE MARKET MANAGER

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The “100 Acre Farm” is more of a vision than a SAGE enterprise. In the future, many smaller farming lots will be producing a significant proportion of food for Moruya and the Eurobodalla. These will be either leased or purchased by new farmers, growing a diverse mix of produce.

SAGE will help these new growers access good agricultural land and help broker land lease agreements or purchases.

We also aspire to provide seed funding as low interest loans to help these farming start-ups.

The river flats surrounding Moruya are a prime opportunity for an innovative new agricultural cooperative to be developed.

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