We’ve had to wait through more than one Christmas for work to begin on Hidden Garden Sustainable Farm Christmas Island. But the wait is over and we are finally underway. Our first milestone, an eight megalitre dam, is expected to be completed by March 2015, paving the way for a compost facility, propagation nursery, and mulching and preparation of the soil for cropping beds. Our first planting will be mid-year and first harvest will be celebrated in July 2015, along with the opening of the Hidden Garden Sustainable Farm’s permaculture training centre.
The journey to Hidden Garden Sustainable Farm Christmas Island has not been without its frustrations. Thank you to our investors, shareholders and friends of Hidden Garden, as well as all levels of Government, who have patiently travelled the Hidden Garden road with us. We came so close in the early half of 2013, meeting all the necessary bureaucratic requirements and just as it looked like things were finally moving we were swept up in the Australian Federal Election in September 2013, which delivered a change of government. It was back to the start. On Friday 28 November 2014 we finally received the signed Lease from the Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Mr Jamie Briggs, which now gives us the green light to commence work and start delivering high quality fresh produce for the Christmas Island community!