Grower’s Agreement

last updated January 2015

Growers’ Roles and Responsibilities

General

1. Growers must be a member of Channel Living Inc ($15 single or $25 household, paid annually).

2. Growers must supply an ABN (for businesses) or Statement by Supplier (for hobby growers). If the grower cannot supply either of these, Channel Living Inc. is required by the Australian Tax Office to withhold 46.5% of grower payments, to pass on to the ATO.

Commitment and communication

1. Growers have the choice of two types of involvement:
a. Committed: Growers participate in the biannual crop planning process with the LFLP Co-ordinator (which forms a commitment on both sides) for guaranteed purchase of produce by LFLP.
b. Casual: Growers may supply casually when crops are available. In this case, LFLP takes the produce if it is needed, but produce from committed growers is prioritised.

2.  While the program does not require exclusivity from growers, it is expected that the existing arrangement with the program (see Grower Supply Form) takes priority over other selling arrangements, even if a higher price can be attained elsewhere. LFLP accepts a share in the risk of seasonal variability and other aspects beyond the control of growers (e.g. crop failure, damage or underestimation), but is expected that a successful crop will be supplied to LFLP in the quantities committed to, and any excess can be sold elsewhere if the grower desires.

3. Growers are required to give an estimate of their weekly availability to the Packing Manager by 11am Monday morning, by email or phone call.

4. Growers are required to provide the agreed amount of produce at the time and place that has been agreed on each week (generally 11am Fridays at Channel Living Co-op, 3399 Channel Hwy, Woodbridge). When this is not possible, growers are expected to communicate with the Co-ordinator at the earliest possible time to allow for alternative arrangements to be made.

5. Growers will be expected to be involved in the “Open Farm” program run by LFLP. That is, they will be expected to welcome visits to their plots by other growers and subscribers for working bees, field days, peer support meetings etc arranged by LFLP in consultation with growers.

Produce Standards and Presentation

1. Produce must be:
a. Grown locally. This is defined as produce grown south of the northern boundary of Kingston. OR
b. Certified Organic grown in Tasmania

2. Produce is to be free from pesticides and herbicides, and strong preference is given to growers who use organic methods of growing (See Organic Farming document).

3. Produce is expected to be freshly picked. Anything looking wilted, damaged or dirty on delivery will not be accepted.

4. Presentation must comply with the Presentation Standards Booklet.

Co-ordinator and Packing Manager Roles and Responsibilities

Commitment and Communication

1. The Co-ordinator and Packing Manager undertake to ensure communication and expectations are clear.

2. The Packing Manager undertakes to utilise all crops a Grower has committed to during the biannual crop planning process, and will prioritise other crops from committed growers over casually available crops.

3. The Co-ordinator undertakes to invite Growers to attend Steering Group meetings (generally once a month)

Payment of Growers

1. The Co-ordinator commits to inviting all growers to participate in a product price review annually.

2. The Co-ordinator commits to making the annual price list available to all growers.

3. LFLP guarantees to adhere to the annual pricing except where prices are increased or lowered in response to a price review application, which will be assessed in consultation with all growers.

4. LFLP guarantees to pay growers 70% of the retail value of that crop as defined by the price list.

5. The Packing Manager undertakes to pay growers the agreed amount (see current pricing sheet) for their produce within 7 days of receipt of the produce.

Support for Growers

1. When possible (keeping in mind the voluntary nature of the group) LFLP will make support available for growers in the form of information sessions, training and coaching, and coordination of bulk purchases for materials if there is interest from growers.

2. Co-ordinator will arrange support when requested to make the transition from chemical methods to organic methods of growing.

 

 

Signature of Co-ordinator……………………………………………….. Date…………………..…….

 

Signature of Grower…….……………………………………………….. Date……………………..….