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Help The Nursery Project bring real, home-grown food to the masses.

Admitting he was once the “epitome of the modern western illness”, Rohan Anderson is taking his passion for real food to new levels. He is setting out to crowdfund his new initiative, The Nursery Project, a hobby farm where anyone can learn about growing good food.

There will be a mess hall for cooking, a veggie garden, paddock for livestock, and an orchard.

But he needs help, and that’s where we come in. Rohan has set a target of $450,000 to be raised will which go towards the land, infrastructure and equipment needed to make this project hit the ground running.

Rohan’s blog and book, Whole Larder Love, have been a huge success after he turned his lifestyle on its head, shunning supermarket and junk food in favour of growing his own grub.

Now, he (and experts) want to run workshops and events to share real food skills like cooking and food production, as well as teach us about where our food comes from.

The Nursery Project will be a community-centred haven in the Central Highlands of Victoria. Its proximity to Ballarat, one of Australia’s most unhealthy regional cities, is no accident; its here Rohan really want to create positive change.

At the farm, people can get their hands dirty and breathe in some fresh air while gaining skills in almost every aspect of self-sustainability, including growing, raising, curing, preserving, hunting, foraging and cooking real food. And by embracing the policy of pay what you think is fair, the skills are accessible to all.

The entire project will also be filmed and documented, so you can watch The Nursery Project unfold and share in its progress and successes.

So how can you help Rohan in his bid to inspire positive change?

Rohan can’t get The Nursery Project off the ground on his own; it’s a project for the people and it needs to be established by the people. You can get involved by pledging anything from $20 right up to $100,000 in return for a big thank you. You can also even opt to have an apple tree planted in your honour, choose the names of some livestock or have naming rights to the hen house. A contribution will be an investment that will continue to have a positive impact.

So far 72 funders have pledged almost $6000 since the project launched on 23 October, but there’s still a long way to go. Rohan is confident he will reach his target, but if he doesn’t quite make it, he can still use the contributed funds for the initial stages of the project and seek funding through other channels. But he deserves the best start possible!

If you are unable to pledge any money, you can spread the word about Rohan’s crowdfunding mission so that as many people as possible can benefit from the hands-on lessons he has to teach about good food, nourishment and sustainability.

To learn more and make a pledge, head to the crowdfunding website

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