Our goals are to meet environmental and social responsibility through community connection and support. We consider the needs of the wider community and environment along with our customers. We have strong community focus and do support many local and grass root projects such as Spearwood Alternative School, Sea Shepherd, Hilton Harvest, Ghana Permiculture institute, Earthdance Western Australia, Play in the wild, FANG Fremantle anti nuclear group, Autism awareness group, Activate Tree Planting, Hulbert street Susutainability Fiesta and many other local schools and groups with fundraising. Our support for these project and others has ranged from offering in kind administration support, Financial and food donations or supplying cost price organic food for fund raising and advertising events. All of our green waste fruit and vegetable scraps are taken to Murdoch University Environmental Technology Center ( E.T.C ) to be used is composting and worm farm displays and demonstration models.
Keeping our community informed about events and topics in relationship to organic food and preparation, health and environmental issues we feel are very important. Our weekly newsletter helps to educate people about topical issues such as organic's, Genetic Modification, local environmental issues, living green, along with providing information about up and coming environmental related events along with seasonal recipes to help people re adjust to seasonal fruit and vegetable eating.
We support Western Australian farms and local growers as a priority and aim to have food from paddock to plate in the shortest possible time span to increase freshness and vitality. WE ACT LOCALLY AND THINK GLOBAL, by supporting local growers who are land stewards for our local environment, this in turn supports the local economy and also helps reduce food miles and has less impact on the environment. Our priority is to buy locally grown organic food to cut down on the environmental damage of long distance food transport. This also supports the local economy as well as ensuring the freshness.
We are apart of the Fair trade global community and actively support this movement. Being apart of the Fait Trade community helps build awareness among consumers of inequalities in international trade and empower people to make socially responsible choices. And will provide a higher standard of living for disadvantaged producers in developing countries.We are a registered Fairtrade workplace, that has adopted a focus on stocking supplying and promoting Fair Trade products in our retail shop and workplace. Being a Fair trade workplace program ultimately benefits the communities in the developing world who benefit from receiving a guaranteed fair and sustainable price for their products, better working conditions, and a contribution towards community development.
Our goals to meet environmental and social responsibility, locally and globally are met in many of the intuitive out lined above. Following is some information and photos of our newest partnerships to meet these goals.
Ghana Permaculture NetworkOur awareness of community is not just local regional or national it extends globally. One project we have support is an international Permaculture group in Ghana. Our connection with this project is through a local West Australian Permaculturist, Greg Knibbs who has founded the Ghana Permaculture Network. Gregs Company Edge 5 is our local connection to this international project achieving amazing and inspiring results in educating others to empower themselves so they can learn to help themselves and go on to teach and support others to create functional, productive sustainable farming and ecological systems.
The Ghana Permaculture Network has applied earth repair systems to find ways of controlling flooding and checking erosion in urban and rural areas of Ghana. Run courses in permaculture, those that attended learned how to remedied large areas of land in Ghana which were eroded, deforested and exhausted from synthetic farming practices. They were also taught about home food gardens, food forests, animal systems, water harvesting and flood repair. In the past two years, Paul Yeboah from the Ghana Permaculture Network has persuaded 3,000 farmers and 300 communities to start planting Moringa trees, renowned as a powerful resource for fighting disease, malnutrition and hunger .IPS Ghana organisation held a Food Forest Development project in several Ghanaian rural communities to encourage cocoa, guava, Mulberry and avocado plantations. In 2009, IPS Ghana launched a successful Mushroom Cultivation Project for seven of the country’s rural communities.