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David Forrest and Sue Mangan of Forrest Organic: Stay Healthy Folks!

Pioneers of the organic food movement, David Forrest and Sue Mangan have been farming at Federal since 1978. As a community, we are fortunate to have their incredible knowledge at our disposal through their Organic Forrest booth in the markets. of producers. Their son, Dougal, recently joined the team and continues the family tradition of growing certified organic produce on his farm, also in Federal.

A graduate in agriculture from Hawkesbury Ag College, David knew the industrial farming system was going in the wrong direction and was determined to grow food in a sustainable manner. After purchasing a former dairy farm, the couple set out to plant 20,000 native trees and started a produce farm, turning their dream of living off the land organically into a reality.

Organic Forrest produces a wide range of seasonal vegetables, green salads, macadamia nuts, bush foods, potatoes, ginger, garlic, citrus and flowers, as well as kombucha and by jamu. To fight against parasites, David guarantees a biodiverse habitat, with healthy plants resistant to parasites and diseases.

Still active in the organic industry, David previously worked with the National Association of Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) helping to develop organic standards. Teaching agriculture at TAFE, David developed the curriculum for their organic farming training course, which is still available as a statewide program. Now retired from TAFE, he works as a lecturer and occasional tutor at SCU.

David strongly believes in a circular economy and the importance of reliable and secure access to healthy food. To do this, he needs partnerships with consumers, hence his decision to sell in farmers’ markets. Supermarkets, he explains, which support commercial agriculture, contribute to environmental degradation and climate change.

Dougal and Hannah are at the New Brighton Farmers Markets on Tuesdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and David and Sue are at the Mullumbimby Farmers Markets on Fridays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., come and discuss your organic gardening with these organic aficionados.


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