About

Welcome to Organic Association of WA (OAWA)

OAWA has grown over the year to become an association of farmers, growers, teachers, organic goods producers (artisans), organic promoters and shops and of course organic consumers.

Organic consumers are the money and the mouths behind supporting the organic industry in WA.
OAWA’s main aim is to bring us all together and create a united voice and stronger community promoting the virtues of the organic community.

OAWA – Organic Association of WA

The Organic Association Western Australia (OAWA) is a not for profit organisation which was founded in October 1976 (formerly known as the Organic Growers Association of Western Australia) .
Our objectives are:

  • To create opportunity for people interested in organic and biodynamic gardening, agriculture and the development of all levels within the Western Australian organic industry, to meet together and/or exchange knowledge and information;
  • To liaise with other organisations with similar objectives;
    To promote and assist research into organic and biodynamic methods of gardening and agriculture thus supporting the protection of the natural environment;
  • To engage or participate in the collection, dissemination and publication of information relating to organic and biodynamic methods of gardening and agriculture and the processing, distribution, wholesaling, marketing and retailing of organic produce and value added products;
  • To engage in educational programmes that increase public awareness of the importance of organic and biodynamic methods of gardening and agriculture in assisting with the ongoing support of the natural environment;
  • To foster and create opportunities for sustainable participation and employment relating to the production, processing, distribution, wholesaling, marketing and retailing of organic and biodynamic produce and value added products;
  • To conduct business and employ persons of skill, training and experience relating to organic gardening, agriculture and the processing, distribution, wholesaling, marketing and retailing of organic produce and value added products;
  • To establish and operate centres from which these activities can be carried out.
  • To promote the value of Organic growing within the community.
  • To provide a source of information, workshops and discussion forums for home gardeners, commercial growers and consumers.
  • To illustrate and outline practical alternatives to farming practices that rely on synthetic chemical applications to achieve food production outputs.
  • To promote Organic farming techniques while increasing the natural resistance to pests and diseases.
  • To encourage co-operation and information transfer between like-minded organisations following sustainable practices.
  • To lobby governments on Organic issues.
  • To raise consumer awareness of the issues facing the Organic farming community.
  • To promote food free from harmful pesticides, herbicides and Genetically Modified Organisms.

Our activities are run by volunteers and are funded by consumer and producer membership subscriptions. If you are interested in Organic Growing, whether as a consumer, a home gardener, or a commercial grower, producer, retailer or consultant, please join OGAWA to support us in achieving these aims.