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.

Applications for the 2017-2018 internship are now open.

Get more information and download the application form below.

 

If you have any questions after reading all of the information, call Kyle on 0411 167 396.

CONTACT SAGE ABOUT THE MARKET GARDEN INTERNSHIP

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2017-18 SAGE Market Gardener Internship

The annual position of the SAGE Market Gardener Intern is now open for applications.

The position is a fantastic introduction to market gardening. This is a nine-month position, commencing in late August, to learn many aspects of market gardening, without any upfront costs, and with direct guidance by a local market gardener/s.

Applications close 31st July, 2017.

What is it?

During the program you will learn many things, from the importance of fertile, and biologically active soil, through to direct sales of produce and familiarising with the local food network. A strong focus will be on gardening and production skills whilst learning how to operate food production as a business, to prepare you for a career in market gardening.

You will also receive coaching by an experienced business executive to assist in approaching market gardening as a viable enterprise. Learn how to manage your income and expenses, set up a business, manage your money and set goals for the future.

Who is SAGE?

Sustainable Agriculture and Gardening Eurobodalla (SAGE) is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation whose mission is to create and support a NSW South Coast sustainable fair food economy and food sovereignty for local communities.

Established in 2009, SAGE began as an education and demonstration project for sustainable agricultural and horticultural practices. Our intent was to create the opportunity for people in the region to redress the loss of healthy food growing and cooking skills through education in all disciplines of sustainable agriculture and gardening.

In 2013 the first market gardener internship was opened, and every year since, SAGE has successfully trained a new vegetable grower who, upon completion, has found their own little place in our ever developing local food system. This is an ideal outcome.

Who should apply?

Market gardening is a demanding, outdoors work environment. It is important you have good general health, and enthusiastic to partake in physical activities. This is an un-mechanised system requiring plenty of hand tool work. It is highly beneficial for you to have a logical and somewhat practical mindset, with good decision making skills and a medium level of autonomy. There are all sorts of hurdles, and challenges in small-scale agriculture you will need to navigate through.

This year, there is a biodynamic element to the program. There will be a very basic application of biodynamics to the garden, how to get started in biodynamics and advice and encouragement with where and how to learn more. Please understand this is not a biodynamic course as such, simply a demonstration and exposure to an extremely effective and truly sustainable method of agriculture.

Where?

Situated on the far south coast NSW, Moruya. Roughly 4.5 hours south of Sydney and 2.5 hours east of Canberra, with all the goodies that comes with a coastal lifestyle, various water systems and large national parks. There is also fertile agricultural land and a vibrant and progressing local food system.

If you have a desire for a career in market gardening and visions of clean food production, this is for you. There is a new wave of agriculture, its small scale, viable and very rewarding and this is a great way to get started with your own food production business.

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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”.

Click or tap to visit the SAGE Farmers Market website

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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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