Food Connect was founded in May 2005 by Robert Pekin, an ex-dairy farmer, as a Local & Fair Food Company
Our warehouse, or Homestead, is situated in Salisbury and we employ roughly 20 people.
Most, but not all of our products are organic, however no chemicals are sprayed directly on our products, and all are grown using sustainable farming techniques.
All our products come from within a five hour radius of Brisbane, although the majority comes from within two hours of Brisbane.
We pay our farmers a fair price for their produce – a price that covers the cost of production and helps to keep the farmers on their land.
The produce is harvested each week at the weekend or on Mondays, and is packed into our boxes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – super fresh!
The boxes are delivered to local collection points around South East Queensland, which we call City Cousins. These are usually subscribers’ homes, or sometimes community centres or schools.
We currently deliver around 800-1000 boxes each week.
Subscribers and staff take part in regular farm tours to learn more about the challenges faced by our farmers and so that farmers can meet the people who eat their food.
In early 2010, Food Connect has been replicated in Sydney, and Adelaide, with new branches being planned in Wollongong, on the Coffs Coast and in Tasmania. An umbrella organisation called the Food Connect Foundation will co-ordinate the activities of the regional Food Connects and steer projects such as the New Farmers’ Pathway and the Participatory Farmer Assessment scheme.