Did you know the Firefly Food business is more than just a food van and catering service…? The Firefly Van is only the first manifestation of the big picture…one that includes a biodynamic farm where people can stay, work with each other, and learn new ways of living for the future.
The big picture is about food, of course, but our motivation comes from a deep love and care for the Earth and it’s inhabitants. We recognise the need to reconnect spiritually with our food, each other, and our planet.
Between us, we have a wealth of skills and experience that includes market gardening, biodynamics, construction, plant operation, forestry, hospitality, theatre, art, disability support, education and training, art therapy, and school teaching! We wanted to be able to tie everything together and support ourselves financially as well.
So we decided to create a Social Enterprise; that is, a business that is ethical, socially and environmentally responsible, innovative and exciting. We are also passionate biodynamic gardeners (although we don’t have a farm of our own yet).
Our intention is to be a zero waste business, utilising our own produce as well as other local organic and biodynamic products to eliminate plastics, reduce food miles to a minimum and reconnect farmers and the community. Eventually we will also be training workers and volunteers on the farm and in the food van. It’s very exciting stuff.
Visitors to the future property will have access to a training centre with regularly changing workshops/events, biodynamic farm, animals and produce and accommodation. Check out the FAQ page for more info on biodynamics and the work of Rudolf Steiner, if you are interested.
Sara Isherwood was born in a remote indigenous community in Central Australia but has lived, on and off, on the Atherton Tablelands since 1992. She studied Drama at university and went on to study transpersonal art therapy in Perth and secondary education in Brisbane. She is a qualified drama teacher, high school teacher and art therapist.
From 2007 to 2011, she ran a biodynamic Community Supported Agriculture (market garden) scheme just outside Atherton with her partner. They grew 15 different types of annual vegetables and herbs using biodynamic farming principles. During this time she also coordinated and set up the Tableland Farmer’s Cooperative which is still operating on Herberton Road, Atherton.
Sara is not perfect, but she is very grateful to have had a wonderful childhood and parents. Since being born in this world, she has developed a strong sense of justice and ethics and most importantly, a strong regard for the natural and spirit worlds. She became interested in biodynamics after travelling in Asia, New Zealand and Europe.
Dave is a man of few words.