Organic resources

Our useful list of groups, organisations and distributors - as well as Australian organic certification bodies.

Organic Organisations

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Organic Federation of Aust. (OFA)The peak body promoting, networking and lobbying for the organic movement.PO Box 369, Bellingen NSW 2454W: www.ofa.org.au

Australian Organic (AO)Organic and biodynamic certification for all categories of organic and biodynamic farming and food production.Ph: 07 3350 5716W: www.bfa.com.au

Border Landcare Organic GroupPO Box 783, Stanthorpe QLD 4380Ph: 0408 276 094E: blog@halenet.com.au

Brisbane Organic Growers Inc.Meetings first Thursday of the month (except January) at 102 McDonald Rd, Windsor. Entry $2 (members), $4 (non-members).Ph: 07 3357 3171W: www.austorganic.com

Canberra Organic Growers’ SocietyPh: 02 6156 2659W: www.cogs.asn.au

Geelong Organic Gardeners Inc.W: www.gog.org.au

Gold Coast Organic GrowersPh: 07 5598 6609

Henry Doubleday Research Assoc. of Aust.Holds regular meetings and seminars on organic gardening. Has a seed bank and library.PO Box 442, Richmond NSW 2753E: jbloomhdra@live.com

 

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Hunter Organic Growers’ SocietyPh: 02 4959 9525W: www.hunterorganicgrowerssociety.org.au

Lockyer Organic Group Inc.Ph: 07 5465 2017W: www.logi.org.au

Organic Agriculture Assoc. Inc.Ph: 03 5152 2276W: www.organicagriculture.asn.au

Organic Association of WAMajor networking group. Newsletter, open days, seed bank and localised group meeting.Ph: 08 9453 1783W: www.ogawa.org.au

Organic Growers’ Assoc. (NSW)Regular meetings. Organic seeds and books.Ph: 02 9606 2203

Ranges Organic Growers’ Assoc. (ROGA)PO Box 585, Ferntree Gully VIC 3156W: www.roga.org.au

Redland Organic Growers Inc.Ph: 07 3390 3628;E: ne.baker@bigpond.com

TropoThe Tweed Richmond Organic Producers’ Organisation promotes organics in northern NSW. Publishes Going Organic.Ph: 02 6688 4346W: www.tropo.org.au

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Bio-Dynamic Groups

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Adelaide Hills Bio-Dynamic GroupPh: 08 8339 2519

Australian Demeter Bio-Dynamic Method of AgriculturePh: 03 5966 7333W: www.thebiodynamicresearchinstitute.myob.net

Bio-Dynamic Agriculture AustraliaPh: 02 6655 0566W: www.biodynamics.net.au

Bio-Dynamics FNQ Inc.Covers Cooktown to Ingham.Ph: 07 4097 8126 or 07 4095 3264E: bdfnq@yahoo.com.au

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Bio-Dynamics Gardeners’ Assoc. Inc.

Practising and Teaching the Australian Demeter Bio-Dynamic Method

PO Box 378, Warrandyte  VIC 3113

Ph: 03 9844 2551W: www.bdgardeners.com.au

Bio-Dynamics Sydney23 Fitzgerald St, Camperdown NSW 2050

Canberra & Region Bio-Dynamic Gardening & Farming GroupPh: 02 6227 1359 or 0427 059 142E: goldenholm@ozemail.com.au

Perth Bio-Dynamic Gardening Association1280 Viveash Road, Swanview WA 6056.

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General Groups

Australian City Farms & Community Gardens NetworkGeneral information, events, how to start a community garden, plus email addresses for all state representatives.

Main website: www.communitygarden.org.au

New South Wales; Russ Grayson, Ph: 0414 065 203Sydney inner urban/City of Sydney area: Annie Walker, Ph: 02 9265 9786Hunter region: Rob Henderson, Koorangang City Farm, Ph: 02 4964 9308 or 0418 669 438Albury-Wodonga (also northern Victoria): Rebecca Chettleburgh, Ph: 0410 594 282

Queensland; Morag Gamble, Ph: 07 5494 4833Brisbane region: Growing Communities, E: info@growingcommunities.org.auFar North Queensland: Daniela Gambotto, E: bambigambi@ekit.com

South Australia; Claire Nettle, E: clairenettle@adam.com.au

Tasmania; David Stephens, Ph: 03 6227 8390; or Nel Smit, Ph: 03 6227 9891

Victoria; Jennifer Alden, Ph: 03 9429 3084

Western Australia; Anne Goodall, Ph: 1300 501 357

 

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Australian Native Plants SocietyProtects native plants in the wild and also encourages their cultivation. Has journal, study groups, seeds.W: www.asgap.org.au

Border Landcare Organic GroupPO Box 400, Tenterfield NSW 2372W: granitenet.com.au/groups/environment/blog

CERES Community Environment ParkAn award-winning, not-for-profit, environmental education centre and urban farm. Brunswick East, VICPh: 03 9389 0100W: www.ceres.org.au

Food Fairness IllawarraPh: 02 4226 5000W: www.foodfairnessillawarra.org.au

Gene EthicsA leading anti-genetic engineering body.Ph: 1300 133 868W: www.geneethics.org

Hawkesbury EarthCare CentrePromotes sustainable living skills. Open day first Saturday of the month.PO Box 442, Richmond NSW 2753W: www.earthcare.org.au

Northern Suburbs Garden Club of PerthMeetings on the third Sunday of the month.Ph: 08 9276 4741

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Northey Street City FarmA co-operative community city farm in Brisbane with permaculture and garden workshops.Ph: 07 3857 8775W: www.nscf.org.au

SCPA - South East ProducersPh: 02 6492 0161W: www.scpa.org.au

Sydney Food Fairness AllianceThe Alliance is active in developing a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable food system in the Sydney region.W: www.sydneyfoodfairness.org.au

Transition SydneyA hub to support the successful transition of Sydney’s communities to a resilient future in a post-peak oil, carbon-constrained world.W: www.transitionsydney.org.au

Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF)Allows travellers to exchange their labour for meals and accommodation at organic farms around Australia.Ph: 03 5155 0218W: www.wwoof.com.au

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Seed Sellers

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All Rare HerbsPh: 07 5446 9243W: www.allrareherbs.com.au

Australian Wildflower SeedsPh: 08 9470 6996W: www.wildflowersofaustralia.com.au

Beautanicals HerbsPh: 0488 774 283W: www.herbsaustralia.com.au

Cornucopia SeedsPh: 0477 548 397W: www.cornucopiaseeds.com.au

The Diggers Club Ph: 03 5984 7900W: www.diggers.com.au

Drylands Permaculture NurseryPh: 08 9938 1628W: www.permaculturenursery.com.au

Eden SeedsPh: 07 5533 1107W: www.edenseeds.com.au

Goodman SeedsPh: 03 5152 5988W: www.goodmanseeds.com.au

Green HarvestPh: 07 5435 2699W: www.greenharvest.com.au

Greenpatch Organic SeedsPh: 02 6551 4240W: www.greenpatchseeds.com.au

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The Italian GardenerPh: 0407 833 930W: www.theitaliangardener.com.au

Jankala Organic SeedW: www.seed.com.au

The Lost Seed CompanyPh: 02 6493 0486W: www.thelostseed.com.au

New Gippsland Seeds & BulbsPh: 03 9737 9560W: www.newgipps.com.au

Phoenix SeedsPh: 03 6267 9663

Pleasance HerbsPh: 0438 373 681W: www.pleasanceherbs.com.au

Rangeview SeedsPh: 03 6354 2464W: www.rangeviewseeds.com.au

Select OrganicPh: 07 5533 1177W: www.selectorganic.com.au Southern

HarvestPh: 03 6229 6795W: www.southernharvest.com.au

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Permaculture Groups

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Ballarat Permaculture GuildW: www.ballaratpermacultureguild.org

Caboolture and Surroundings Permaculture GroupP: 0422107914E: caboolturepermaculture@vanveenorganics.comW: vanveenorganics.com/caboolture-permaculture

PermaBlitzACTW: www.permablitzact.com

Permaculture Assoc. of South AustraliaPh: 08 8522 6450W: www.permaculturesa.org.au

Permaculture Assoc. of Western AustraliaE: info@permaculturewest.org.auW: www.permaculturewest.org.au

Permaculture Blue MountainsW: www.permaculturebluemountains.net

Permaculture Central CoastPO Box 3692, Tuggerah NSW 2259W: www.permaculturecc.org.au

Permaculture EudloPh: 0408 013 012W: www.pceudlo.blogspot.com

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Permaculture IllawarraPh: 02 4228 6064E: PI@permaculturevisions.com

Permaculture MelbournePh: 03 9513 4447W: www.permaculturemelbourne.org.au

Permaculture NoosaW: www.permaculturenoosa.com.au

Permaculture RiverinaPh: 02 6924 1307W: www.permacultureriverina.com

Permaculture SydneyW: www.permaculturesydney.org.au

Permaculture Sydney NorthPh: 1300 887 145W: www.permaculturenorth.org.au

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Local Seed Networks

Australia’s Seed Savers’ Network (SSN) handles seed bank and seed exchange to local groups called Local Seed Networks. Each LSN has a web page and is provided with a start-up kit. If you are interested in starting an LSN.Contact the SSN at: PO Box 975, Byron Bay NSW 2481W: www.seedsavers.net

 

Organic Certification

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Australia has eight government-accredited organic certifiers. Genuine organic products will bear their logos.

Australian Certified Organic (ACO)Ph: 07 3350 5706W: www.aco.net.au

Organic Growers of Australia (OGA)(Merged with ACO)Ph: 07 3350 5716W: www.organicgrowers.org.au

Aus-QualPh: 07 3361 9200 or 1800 630 890W: www.ausqual.com.au

Bio-Dynamic Research Institute (BDRI)Ph: 03 5966 7333W: www.demeter.org.au

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National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia Ltd (NASAA)Ph: 08 8370 8455W: www.nasaa.com.au

Organic Food ChainPh: 07 4637 2600W: www.organicfoodchain.com.auUSDA NOP accredited agent

Safe Food Production QLDPh: 07 3253 9800 or free call 1800 300 815 (QLD only)W: www.safefood.qld.gov.auCurrently only certify organic beef.

Tasmanian Organic-Dynamic Producers (TOP)Ph: 03 6381 2004W: www.tasorganicdynamic.com.au

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National Poultry Breed Societies

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Australian Heritage Turkey SocietyPh: 03 5792 4000

Australorp Club of AustraliaPh: 02 9652 0004W: www.australorps.com

The Brahma and Cochin Club of AustraliaW: www.brahmacochin.org

The Campine Club of AustraliaPh: 0401 832 395W: campines.org

Dorking Breeders Group AustralasiaPh: 02 6783 0149W: www.australiandorkings.com

Goose Breeders Network of AustraliaPh: 02 6493 2816; W: www.goosebreeders.petdirectory.com.au

Indian Game Club of AustraliaPh: 03 5573 3201

The Langshan Club of AustraliaPh: 02 6372 1640

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Modern Game Club of AustraliaPh: 02 6382 4423

Old English Game Fowl Club of AustraliaPh: 03 6397 6590

The Orpington Club of AustraliaPh: 03 5964 8224

The Plymouth Rock Club of AustraliaPh: 02 6562 8325

Rare Breeds Trust of AustraliaPh: 0408 324 346W: www.rbta.org

Rare Poultry Breeders’ AssociationW: www.rarepoultrybreedersassociation.com

The Rhode Island Club of AustraliaPh: 02 4832 1070

Sussex Club of AustraliaPh: 03 9741 9705W: www.sussexclub.webs.com

Wyandotte Club of AustraliaE: whitewyandottes@ozemail.com.au

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