History

The Organic Association Of Western Australia (OAWA), formally known as the Organic Growers Association of Western Australia, was founded in 1975 by a group of passionate people who felt the need for a body similar to what was happening in the UK and the US.

In the UK they had Henry Doubleday Research Association HDRA which was a charity dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. They are now known as Garden Organic UK and maintain a heritage seed library.

The US association is called the Rodale Institute and professes to lead the way in organic agriculture research in the US. Rodale Institute is growing the organic movement through rigorous solutions-based research, farmer training, and consumer education.

The Association started in an effort to connect with like-minded people, who are interested in organic gardening, farming and food and in order to create a platform for sharing, training and learning how best to grow food organically in WA.   New chemicals were coming out, and people were passionate about gardening without the use of synthetic poisons.

Even though there was a movement internationally, the OAWA was interested in local knowledge, conditions and had several local groups.  Seed exchange was also a prominent feature of the group.   Currently Roleystone group is still maintaining an active seed sharing library.

We are member driven and still very active in training, educating and bringing people together, as well as being a voice for the organic industry in WA.  We frequently have garden visits, workshops and monthly network meetings around Perth.

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