Many have overcome. Gary and Katherina don’t think their story is special because they recognize that it’s not about them and they don’t do this amazing work for themselves, despite how rewarding it is. Their struggles in life are nothing in comparison to those who are marginalized due to adversity, ability, chronic pain, illness, or skin color. There is no denying the physical, psychological, mental pain some must feel every day. The loss of both of Katherina’s parents at a young age, aneurism survival, single parenthood, bullying and throw in a couple of near-death experiences, and Gary’s over 2 decades as a carer of his first wife Suzanne in her long battle with ulcerative colitis and all the challenges that being a hard-working farmer in drought-stricken Victoria can bring, has
We at Eden Farm are committed to serving the community by offering expertise and our working farm to impact lives for good. We provide engagement opportunities and events that support marginalised groups (Cultural and Linguistically Diverse Peoples, First Nations Peoples and People with Disabilities). We seek to inspire and benefit the community long term by taking a forward thinking, relationship building approach in celebrating ability, cultural diversity, collaboration and social inclusion. We use our vibrant space to help people gain new skills, increase confidence, find purpose, look after their health and generate business for themselves in order to reach goals and live life to the full.
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Individual Programs (IP)
Our programs serve to build new skills, find purpose and gain confidence in line with individual NDIS goals with a focus on wellbeing and a view to finding paid work on the farm or in the community. The individual programs include a number of activities and experiences including the following.
Meet, greet and mystery tours, with or without a meal
Our Meet and Greets for people with a disability and their parent/guardian are free! Just email us on email@example.com If you’d like to come out, meet the team, check out what we have to offer those with a disability on the farm
Not for profit events, capacity building and Art/craft sales
We run a number of not-for-profit events including workshops, exhibitions and festivals for people with disabilities as well as those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (and for the wider community to attend).
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Discover the amazing cultural diversity of Victoria’s Murray Goulburn Region at our Eden Farm Multicultural Festival!
23, 24 & 25th SEP 2022
About the event
After the success of our government grant application and having received $11,000 we have a cracker festival in store for you! Our Inaugural Eden Farm Multicultural Festival to be held on the 23, 24 and 25 September 2022.
Tickets are available right here through Eventbrite to keep everyone Covid-19 safe. There will be some tickets available at the door but those are limited. Feel free to come to more than 1 sessions.
There is something for everyone as we celebrate our vast and delightful cultural diversity in the Murray Goulburn region right on our beautiful.
Did you know that
In addition to running festivals, workshops, talks, tours, programs we also do the following..
Employment and skills programs
We currently have someone employed under the DES program and hope to employ more people as our needs arise and operations expand. We are grateful that we could employ someone through this program which blesses them and us. this has meant Gary has not had to work 12 hour days. John has been a wonderful help and resource.
Meal support initiative
We have a small farm shop and sometimes access to excess vegetables, diary and meat which enables us to make meals in our commercial kitchen for marginalised and disadvantaged families and individuals in our community. We love helping people in need when we can.
Free family portraiture sessions
For marginalised families – CALD, First Nations and people with disabilities. It is such a privilege to bless family who could not normally afford portraiture photography. We love blessing others with our various skills and gifts.
Recycling and repurposing program
Established and managed in conjunction with CALD and people with disabilities, we use the paper and metal from this program for art and craft programs. Nothing is wasted
‘Welcome to our community’ talks and documents aim to help people from non-english speaking backgrounds, new emerging communities and people with disabilities connect, find purpose, make friends. We use our existing infrastructure as a hub where people can come to collaborate, have downtime, hire or use our spaces and resources.
Multicultural Art and Photography Competitions/Exhibitions
In collaboration with our local Council and other community groups, we invite artists and photographers from various multicultural groups, including First Nations Peoples within the Goulburn-Murray region to submit a piece into our Multicultural Art and Photography competition which will officially kick off and open the Multicultural Festival on 17 September 2022. Another competition for people with disabilities will also be held annually later in the year. For more info click here.
“We go the extra mile
because we care ”
” We go the extra mile
because we care “
What people say about us
Mum and Carer to two adult boys with a disability
We took our adult boys who have an intellectual disability to Eden Farm for a tour and tea. Geoffrey was especially interested in the pumpkins that were growing and picked a few for Katherina. We all enjoyed the food and the boys were especially impressed with the sausages. I have bought some more through their shop in Numurkah. We will go out again because we had such a good time. I recommend Eden Farm.
Eden Farm Program Participant’s Mum
Our son Josh, who comes with that ‘extra chromosome’, has been going out to Eden Farm every fortnight for about 6 months now and absolutely loves it‼️ He’s always asking when he can go next. He loves bringing home photos of farm animals he managed to capture with help from Katherina to get the perfect shot. Helping Gary on the farm regularly comes up in conversation. These guys are so good with him, and the detailed report we receive following a visit is amazing… I’m never left wondering what he got up to and how he coped‼️
What a hidden treasure Eden Farm is! From fresh farm produce to good old fashioned country hospitality and fun for everyone!
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