AN Organic Farmers Bushfire Appeal, coordinated by ORICoop (Organic & Regenerative Investment Co-operative) is currently pulling together a task force of organic fodder producers, organic fodder suppliers, transport companies and organic dairies – to enable a load of organic fodder to be taken from Victoria to certified organic producers affected by the ongoing bushfire and drought crisis in NSW.

Carolyn Suggate of ORICoop, says organic and biodynamic farmers are in the direct line of the NSW and QLD bushfires, “numerous certified organic producers are in imminent danger, but due to their farming enterprises cannot leave their farm. Others continue to face the waiting game of fires in their direct surrounding areas. Benmar Farm  and Marrook Farm are under ongoing threat from multiple fire fronts.

“The farmers have ongoing fire danger surrounding them, while continuing to run their certified organic dairies & enterprises – milking twice a day,” said Carolyn, “and in the case of Marook Farm, to continue to process their milk into the products we see on the shelves.

“We have launched this appeal to raise $14,000 to purchase a B-double load of fodder to keep stock alive over the next two months. Without this fodder, these farms cannot continue to supply certified organic milk to their organic processors.

“ORICoop is working with local charities in each region to get our farmers back on their farms growing organic food and fibre. All donations received will be overseen by OTICoop’s regional representatives & an ORICoop Board member to ensure that the funds get to those that need it most.”

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