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Bendigo Bank Grant Will Help Millen Farm To Build Cool Room

Millen Farm is a grateful recipient of the latest round of Community Grants provided by the Bendigo Bank Community Bank Branches in Samford and Brendale.

The $2,500 Community Grant will go towards vital refrigeration to reduce food spoilage, to facilitate a more regular harvest and to making more of Millen Farm’s locally grown fruit and vegetables readily available to the Samford Valley community in the approaching hotter months.

Bendigo Bank is committed to keeping profits local and in the hands of local community groups, and its Samford and Brendale Community Bank Branches have put back a total of $440,000 over the past 15 years.

Millen Farm was one of 13 local community group recipients in this year’s Bendigo Bank Samford and Brendale Community Grants, presented by Board Chairman, Bob Millar and Branch Manager, Bronwyn Fitzpatrick.

Ian Beaton, Director and Company Secretary of Millen Farm, said the refrigeration grant was very welcome and would enable Millen Farm to continue growing and servicing the Samford Valley community for which it was established.

“Bendigo Bank is to be congratulated on its unique community banking model, which aims to hand back 80% of profits from its branches to community organisations like us,” he said.

“They are more than just a bank, they are also a community asset, and Millen Farm encourages all our members and supporters to consider the Bendigo Bank Community Bank Branches in Samford and Brendale for all their banking needs.”

Founded, established and managed by the Samford Valley community, for the benefit of the local community, Millen Farm is committed to creating a sustainable, alternative food system in which the entire supply chain uses local processes and resources.

Although a not-for-profit organisation, Millen Farm operates as a commercial farm and local, naturally farmed, seasonal produce is available for purchase at weekly onsite markets.