HENRY DOUBLEDAY RESEARCH ASSOCIATION of AUSTRALIA, INC.
The Henry Doubleday Research Association of Australia, Inc. (HDRAA) was started in 1970 with a membership of gardeners, small-holders and farmers committed to going organic. The organisation has played an important contributing role in the growth of sustainable agriculture in Australia.
Did you know? - A founding member of HDRAA, Dick McNeill, small holder and orchardist at Kurrajong, NSW, was the first grower in Australia to be given organic certification by NASAA in 1987.
The HDRA Organic gardens, maintained by members at the Hawkesbury EarthCare Centre, cover half a hectare and are a living demonstration of sustainable growing methods. The Association aims to serve the needs of people concerned about contamination of food and degradation of the environment by chemically based agriculture.
H.D.R.A works to support the progress towards:
- Increased home production of organically grown fruit and vegetables.
- More ecologically sound farming methods.
- Higher quality, less contaminated food available to consumers.
- Education in organic growing principles and practices.
Joining the association entitles members to:
- Our exclusive quarterly magazine "Natural Growing".
- Access to the onsite library (over 400 titles) for reference and borrowing.
- Talks and Workshops.
- Gardening at the EarthCare site (have your own plot).
- Access to the organic seed bank of organic and rare seeds.
- Growing advice from an advisory committee.
Active involvement in food gardening, learning organic growing methods is a membership benefit. Week groups come and work on Tuesdays and Saturdays (open access to the gardens to regular