After receiving a grant from the Willunga Farmers Market, Village Greens of Willunga Creek have managed to pull of the ultimate trade – using the $10,000 cash and backbreaking hard to work to claim a bumper crop of vegetables.
After making several unsuccessful applications for the Willunga Farmers Market Young Farmers Scholarship In August of 2017, Village Greens of Willunga Creek owners Lucy O’Connell and Nathaniel Wiseman pushed on and were the first recipients of the Willunga Farmers Market 'Farming Development Grant'.
Lucy O’Connell said Village Greens grow a wide variety of vegetables both in the field and the greenhouse.
“By growing a selection of vegetables it enables people to purchase the majority of their weekly seasonal vegetables.
“We love being able to supplying to locals, as they are our community. We know them and they know us and over time you build up a really lovely relationship with them,” she said.
Lucy said their produce was of better quality than supermarkets due to their freshness, as most of Village Greens’ crops are picked the day of delivery, or the day before market, which ensures they are fresh and allows them to last longer.
General Manager of the Willunga Farmers Market said the $10,000 cash grant plus $2000 in mentorship and training has allowed Village Greens to learn advanced greenhouse growing techniques and work towards filling the clear market gap in local organically produced long-season tomatoes, cucumbers and capsicums.
With the grant money, Village Greens has been able to build a new warehouse and expand production.