Green Connect is a social enterprise that employs young people and former refugees with a three-fold approach to social and environmental issues.

They provide paid employment and encourage life skills developed through the operation of an urban farm that produces organic food and vegetable boxes, supplying hotels and cafes. Green Connect also provide waste management at events, perform waste audits and develop waste plans with businesses in their area.

In the last year alone, Green Connect employed 106 young people and former refugees, kept 2,653 tonnes of waste out of landfill (equivalent to 447 African elephants!), and grew and distributed 20,628 kilograms of (uncertified) organic food.

Illawarra Business Chamber staff visited the Green Connect farm this week. They’ve been operating for around five years and have transformed an urban piece of overgrown and forgotten wasteland into a luscious, thriving permaculture farm, just behind Warrawong High School.

Green Connect believes strongly in Fair Food – food that is good for the people who grow it (fair wages and a good job), good for the people who eat it (healthy and pesticide-free) and good for the planet (sold locally and without polluting the planet).

We encourage you to check out what Green Connect can do. Whether it’s taking your kids on a farm tour these school holidays (for children three years and up accompanied by a parent or carer), or benefitting from their services and products –there’s no doubt Green Connect is making a difference in the Illawarra.