How you can support flood-affected businesses


2022 has begun as another challenging year, with the flood disaster being recorded as one of the worst for Eastern Australia.

We chat to two certified organic members, who share their stories and how you can support them as they begin to rebuild.

Olive Gap Organic Farm

Tara O’Rielly, Owner and Farmer

Olive Gap Organic Farm located in Woodburn, NSW, is a family team of young farmers, specialising in native Australian essential oils and seasonal flowers. Tara and her husband Alex produce small-batch artisan tea tree oil products which are grown, distilled and bottled all on their off-grid farm with traditional wood-fire steam distillation. With a clear mission to produce the cleanest and greenest essential oils in the world, Olive Gap is the first Australian Tea Tree farm to be certified organic, regeneratively farmed and carbon positive.

How have you been impacted by the recent floods? 

Tara O’Rielly: We’ve been hit pretty hard by the catastrophic Northern Rivers floods.

We woke in the early hours of the morning to our farm being inundated by a giant lake of water. Our farm has only ever experienced minor flooding, so we were caught completely by surprise as the levels reached higher and higher than ever before.

We started by rescuing all the animals. The little calves that were exhausted from battling the flood water had collapsed in a heap in a line along our fence line. With the help of neighbours, we managed to gather them all in the back of the ute before the road went under, then paddled them across paddocks so they could access their mums. Our goats were up to their necks in water, still sitting in their pen. We managed to kayak them out just in the nick of time.

The shipping container storing our brand new packaging for our product launch, which had only arrived a few days before, was already going under. With a group of friends, we created a chain gang through floodwater to try and save it and our freshly harvested tea tree oil. In the end, we swapped to kayaks. We managed to save all the essential oil and ½ of the packaging before the shed was fully submerged.

Our distillation gear also went under and we tied all the equipment to trees and buildings before it was fully submerged so that it wouldn’t float away. The losses are huge, and nearly everyone we know in the neighbouring towns of Woodburn and Lismore have lost their homes and everything they own.

All in all, we have also been lucky. By saving ½ of our packaging, we thankfully have something to focus on and the sale of our products will help get us back on our feet.

How can consumers support you?

Tara O’Rielly: Pre-order sales are helping us to get back on track!

We were so excited to be releasing our new tea tree products in April, and we still plan to do so. By pre-ordering, you will not only be helping us get back on our feet, but you’ll be getting the highest quality artisan distilled Australian native essential oils you can buy.

Individuals can order directly from our website and we’d love stores to get in touch who think we’d be a good fit. Our packaging has been lovingly designed by our friend and traditional custodian Aunty Simone. It tells the story of our local tea tree creek in Bandjalang country, a sacred women’s area due to its known healing properties. $1 from every box sold goes towards Bandjalang youth projects in our area.

Ordering is now available on our website.

For wholesale enquires, email Tara:

Sherwood Rd Organic Meats

Amy Tiller, Owner

Sherwood Rd Organic Meats located in Rocklea, Qld is a certified organic retail butcher shop selling all meats including game, fish, ready meals, wine, and grocery items. Amy’s family started the business in 2013 when her father, an organic lamb, goat, and cattle producer from Roma, had a dream to sell his meats direct to the consumer, cutting out the ‘middle-men’. They soon outgrew their small shop in Sherwood and built a stunning new shop next to Market Organics at Rocklea in 2018.

How have you been impacted by the recent floods? 

Amy Tiller: The floods took us completely by surprise. We were not around in 2011 to experience flooding and like many, thought it was unlikely to happen again. For our staff and customers’ safety, we decided to close the shop when access became compromised.

Even when our business was cut off completely we still didn’t believe water would enter the store. The feeling of helplessness when we learned we were 1.25m underwater was something we will never recover from.

It was nearly three days and no power before we could re-enter to start the clean-up. Staff, family, friends and loyal customers turned up with equipment, cleaning products, lighting, and snacks aiming to remove all meats from the premises as quickly as possible. Our equipment was also lost and refrigeration units beyond repair, luckily only some walls were damaged.

With power restoration mostly out of our control, we were unsure of when we could start to restock and plan our reopening, therefore loss of business was a huge concern. Luckily we had an incredible team of tradespeople who dropped everything to get us to a point where we could open the doors to the public. This took 17 days from our last day of trading, a miracle really!

As many know, floods are an incredibly traumatic experience. Seeing everything you work so hard to make perfect in ruin is heartbreaking, and the feeling that it will never be the same still looms over us.

The cost is still accumulating as we restock our products and purchase everything. Then there is also the fear of going through it again. We did, however, take comfort in the thought that we would not be starting from scratch after the flood. We knew we had loyal customers waiting eagerly for us to reopen and seeing their faces come back through our doors was like sunshine through the clouds!

How can consumers support you?

Amy Tiller: We have had so much support from our organic community, but it is those people coming in to buy our (and our farmers) beautiful meats for their families that are keeping us going. We would love to see you in-store, and if traveling is an issue our online packs can be delivered or collected from Northey St Organic Market on a Sunday. We hope to see you soon!

You can also support us by coming along to our Back to Business BBQ on Saturday, 9 April 2022 from 8am! The morning will include Saturday specials, wine tasting, meat dishes to try, giveaways and more!

Visit the store: 385 Sherwood Rd (on Sherwood Rd, not inside markets) Rocklea Qld 4106

Contact Amy for orders:  

Images: Supplied

Other Bud Club you may like...

The school year is well and truly here and we’ve got some great healthy lunch box snack ideas for school kids! For variety and nutritional value, we’ve got you covered.
This International Women’s Day, we are celebrating the achievement of women in the organic industry in Australia by sharing female-led certified organic brands.
For most Australian eaters these days, food is still considered 'out of touch'. Dr Sarah Lantz discusses why we should take a little more time to consider what we include in our carnal appetite.
Learn more about what might be affecting your immune system and how to boost it with some tips from Organic Merchant.
The change in season can get you out of sorts. Here are our 7 favourite tips to combat the winter blues and boost health and wellness this winter season.
Made from meat and fish bones, vegetables and herbs, broths have been used as a homemade remedy across centuries and cultures. Learn more about the benefits of bone broth with Dr Sarah Lantz.
Do you know what your Mum really wants this Mother's Day? Dr Sarah Lantz lets us in on her top tips to keep Mum happy on this special day.
Find out how you can get involved in Organic Earth Week from 22-27 March, because healthy soil makes for a healthy planet!
Despite 2020 being the year that we all want to forget, we did learn some valuable lessons along the way!
We've put together some handy tips on carving your pumpkin and how to keep your Halloween organic and eco-friendly.
How often do you set time aside to wind down and relax? Self-care should be part of your daily routine, for very good reasons!
This Spring, why not make the most of the cooler weather and get your kids involved in some fun activities to learn more about plants - the organic way!
The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has this week launched its #BackOnTrack campaign which aims to highlight the important role our farmers play in the nation’s recovery from COVID-19.
With gardeners new and old wanting to grow their own food, Helen McKerral goes through the basics of setting up a vegie garden, including easy crops to start with. Article from ABC Organic Gardener.
The Spring issue is all about Australian Organic Awareness Month and includes articles about the importance of looking for certification marks, an interview with Woolworths Paul Turner, and an exclusive chat with our 2020 ambassador Lincoln Lewis.
As we head into Spring, find out what's organic and in season this September with an update from the team at United Organics.
The valuable work of Australian organic producers will once more be highlighted throughout September during Australian Organic Awareness Month (AOAM).
This month doesn’t show much in the way of change, but we’re certainly another month closer to Spring and to warmer and brighter times.
Australian Organic Awareness Month Lincoln Lewis goes behind the scenes to meet certified organic producers and learn more about their businesses.
United Organics take us through what's organic, fresh and in season this July.
Dr Sarah Lantz is a writer, author, mother, advocate for healthy living and fermentation and a regular contributor to Bud Organic Club.
In February 2020, Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford travelled to Tasmania to meet with members and learn more about their certified organic businesses.
With record low temperatures hard on the heels of a buying boom, expect pretty much everything to be short in June.
FREE Brewing Co founder and Head of Beer, Ash Truscott, tells us more about his business and how they've been...
Located on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, QCamel is a certified organic camel dairy - the first of its kind in Australia. Learn more about QCamel and Director Lauren Brisbane's passion for camels.
In January 2020, Australian Organic visited certified organic producers in Far North Queensland to learn more about their operations and how their businesses have been affect by the floods.
Enjoy the last month of Autumn and remember to eat all of your colours!
Ever thought about keeping your own backyard chooks? Well, now is the perfect time! Keeping chickens is rewarding, educational, and gives you fresh eggs everyday!
Who doesn't love a good pickle? Dr Sarah Lantz shows us just how easy it is to make this deliciously tangy snack at home, with just a few simple ingredients.
We've put together some fun activities to get your kids playing outdoors and staying occupied during the Easter holidays.
Read our tips on how to talk to your children about COVID-19 and help to comfort them during this time.
In all the doom and gloom, let's look on the bright side of self-isolation! Here's our 10 ways to stay sane and survive the lockdown. You're welcome!
Australian Organic's Rhonda Vohland tells us how, in the Year of the Plant, there's so much we can learn from our leafy friends.
Happy Flame wanted to let you know that they are busy hand-making candles to keep up with your orders for candle light.
Autumn is officially here! Read on to find out what's the best organic fresh produce to buy this April.
These indulgent chocolate truffles are made from quality ingredients and make a great Easter gift. Recipe by Dr Sarah Lantz.
Clemence Organics take us through the different ways that stress can affect your skin and how you can combat it, naturally.
Dr Sarah Lantz gives us a lesson in choosing the best quality, ethical chocolate this Easter - it's so worth it!
Kialla matriarch Rob Kennedy shares her simply delicious Anzac Biscuits recipe - a staple for every Aussie household!
Organic delivery box company Organic Angels give us their top tips on how to properly store fresh organic produce.
Tamburlaine's holistic approach to grape growing and winemaking are based on modern scientific practices.
Angove Family Winemakers have a steep history in winemaking in Australia. Angove are offering 25% discount to Bud Club members during this tough time.
Pure Vision's range of certified organic wines are made the way wines should be!
This delicious Avo & Ginger slice recipe from Absolute Organic is ideal for St. Patrick's Day and what's more, it can be enjoyed without the guilt!
Feeling under the weather? Warm your soul with this whole-hearted Organic Turmeric Chicken Zoodle Soup recipe courtesy of Changing Habits.
This delicious green salad makes the most of what's in season this March; kale, avocado and broccoli - the three super greens!
Check out the freshest organic fruit and veggies available this March, courtesy of United Organics.
This delicious rabbit pie made with Kalleske Clarry's GSM is the perfect accompaniment to St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Dr. Sarah Lantz reminds us of the importance of home cooked meals enjoyed around the family table.
The new year is the perfect excuse to declutter, reorganise and detox your home. Here's .. simple steps to get you started!
How many unread messages, texts and emails are on your device? Too many? Maybe it's time to start your digital detox! Here's some simple tips to get started.
Got a question about fermentation and making your own fermented bevvies? We might just have the answer!
Learn how to make a simple and delicious beet kvass with this easy recipe from Dr. Sarah Lantz.
Eco-Farms is Australia’s biggest organic distributor offering fresh organic fruit and veg, as well as over 600 organic grocery lines. Their Carole Park location is a central hub servicing both Queensland and Northern NSW.
In January, Australian Organic volunteered their morning to pack food hampers at Foodbank Queensland - an operation that provides food relief to over 249,000 Queenslanders each month.
We've put together a list of some schoolbag essentials with a downloadable checklist to help your busy mornings get a little easier!
It's difficult enough to get your kids to eat healthy at home, never mind at school! These easy, healthy and delicious lunchbox ideas will help to keep your kids feeling full of energy and ready to take on the day.
These 5 busy brekkie recipes are perfect for a quick and healthy meal on-the-go, because who has the time?!
Dr. Sarah Lantz debunks some of the myths surrounding those little critters that are a normal part of every childhood - nits!
No more fussy eaters! Dr Sarah Lantz lets you in on her top tricks to raise your kids to become happy and healthy eaters.
Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford will be hosting a seminar surrounding an organic approach to beauty at Beauty Melbourne 2020.
As scary as it sounds, this Fire Cider Tonic is packed full of immune-boosting properties & can easily be added to teas, juices or salads.
Make your very own kombucha at home with this simple recipe from Dr. Sarah Lantz.
Say goodbye to sugary drinks and say hello to fermented bevvies and the revival of everyday fermentation.
You made the switch to an organic lifestyle for yourself and your family, but did you ever think about your pets? Learn why they deserve organic too!
The winners have been announced for the 6th Annual Australian Organic Industry Awards 2019, celebrating the best of the organic industry over the past 12 months.
Try our top 7 staples to make up your organic pantry, for easy, healthy recipes whenever you need them!
This seemingly simple yet expensive extract can be made with just a few simple ingredients at home. Recipe by Dr. Sarah Lantz.
Dr. Sarah Lantz shares her experiences and tips on sourcing delicious, wild food via urban foraging.
Did I hear you say ice-cream floats? That's right! Our favourite summer drink just got a whole lot healthier.
Australian Organic is proud to present the Annual Award finalists and their outstanding contribution to the nation's organic industry throughout the year.
The Australian Organic awards will celebrate the outstanding and innovative contributions members of the organic industry have made over the past year.
Australian Organic were up bright and early on Sunday morning to welcome visitors at the Northey Street City Farm Organic Markets in Windsor, Brisbane, QLD.
Finalists have been announced for the 2019 Australian Organic 6th Annual Industry Awards.
Spring is the perfect excuse to clean and freshen up your home. See our easy top 10 tips to Spring clean your home, naturally!
We've compiled our top 10 Instagram accounts you should be following when it comes to the certified organic sector in Australia.
To celebrate Australian Organic Awareness Month, leading industry body Australian Organic hosted a lunchtime BBQ at Parliament House, Canberra, on 19 September 2019.
As part of Australian Organic Awareness Month, Australian Organic CEO Niki Ford was recently interviewed by SBS as part of a special Small Business Secrets segment.
Learn more about how UK leading food and farming charity and organic certification body, the Soil Association, is celebrating Organic September.
A recent study published in scientific journal Frontiers in Microbiology shows that organic apples are far more beneficial for your health than conventional ones.
Australian Organic hosted its AOAM launch event in the stunning La Porte Space in Rosebery, Sydney to celebrate the nation's certified organic industry.
One of her favourite spring-time recipes, Elle Halliwell shares her sweet potato cakes with guacamole.
Thought eating organic was expensive? Try our 7 budget-friendly tips to help you eat organic on a budget.
Australian Organic ambassador and media personality Elle Halliwell will be sharing her story during Organic Awareness Month on how a cancer diagnosis prompted her to embrace an all-organic lifestyle.
We've put together some easy ways you can be more sustainable in your everyday life. Even the little things can make a big difference!
Members of Australian Organic were proudly representing the certified organic industry at Regional Flavours 2019 in Brisbane.
G&M Cosmetics launch their exciting new Native Australian range with highly concentrated formulations and Australia's most effective natural 100% organic oils.
Supermarkets in Asia have invented an ingenious solution to combat the growing plastic problem.
Top experts share their thoughts on the top 3 food trends for 2019 including the growing demand for organic products.
A recent study by the University of Helsinki has revealed that organic land benefits biodiversity by increasing bird numbers in agricultural areas.
At the forefront of the 'war on plastics', France has taken a vow to abolish non-recyclable plastics by 2025.
With the launch of Endoprime, Sumitomo have increased their range of Organic Certified Allowed Inputs to 10 with more in the pipeline.
Developed with some of Australia's most experienced skincare experts, BE.ST Organic is a truly organic range with effective formulations for sensitive skin.
The UAE's most prestigiously known airline carrier Etihad Airways has become the first airline in the Gulf region to conduct a flight without any single-use plastics on board. The decision to fly single-use plastic free was a clever bid to raise awareness around pollution, a smart move by the air carrier giant.
Can kindness be captured in a photo? Get your cameras READY, SET and GO to win! The challenge closes on 30 April, and the winning entry will receive a $2,000 donation for the Queensland charity of their choice and a $500 prize for the photographer.
Australian Organic is thrilled to announce popular media identities Luke Hines and Elle Halliwell as their ambassadors for 2019. Returning...
Woolworths Group announces the launch of the $30 million Woolworths Organic Growth Fund.