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A Taste of Paradise Organic farm is a Berry-based charity focused on supporting disadvantaged and at-risk young people.

Interacting with animals and a farm environment has proven life changing and healing impacts on vulnerable young people.

Sam's Story

Sam’s Story

Rediscovering hope. When he felt he had no one, it was the mentoring team at A Taste of Paradise who were there for Sam.

Read Sam’s Story…

Events

Come and say hello at some of our up-coming events.

Berry Farmers’ Market

May 30 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Berry Farmers' Market is a genuine produce-only market, held every Thursday from 3-6pm at the Berry Showground. Entrance is free. Stop by our Taste of Paradise stall to purchase our fresh, organic, free-range eggs. All proceeds go towards helping us continue our work with at-risk and disadvantaged youth.

Berry Farmers’ Market

June 6 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Berry Farmers' Market is a genuine produce-only market, held every Thursday from 3-6pm at the Berry Showground. Entrance is free. Stop by our Taste of Paradise stall to purchase our fresh, organic, free-range eggs. All proceeds go towards helping us continue our work with at-risk and disadvantaged youth.

Berry Farmers’ Market

June 13 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Berry Farmers' Market is a genuine produce-only market, held every Thursday from 3-6pm at the Berry Showground. Entrance is free. Stop by our Taste of Paradise stall to purchase our fresh, organic, free-range eggs. All proceeds go towards helping us continue our work with at-risk and disadvantaged youth.

What our partners are saying about our services

A Taste of Paradise farm near Berry has been doing incredible work with local disadvantaged and disillusioned youth since 1999.

As these young people take responsibility for their own actions and experience the rewards born of their own effort, they develop greater personal resilience, while learning practical agricultural skills.

I would like to congratulate Mr Tim Francis and his dedicated team for all of the work they have done for many years and continue to do to assist disadvantaged young people in our local communities.

The Hon. Gareth Ward MP, Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services

I have worked for many years .. with troubled youth, who do not fit into the community/societal norms that most people expect. In particular, I have found it very difficult to broker rewarding services that cater for 1-1 mentoring for young adolescents with disabilities. I cannot praise Tim’s interactions with my clients enough. The work that Tim does with these vulnerable people is amazing.

Linda Wiseman, Caseworker

I have found that this program has enabled young people to develop skills, grow in confidence and overcome life challenges. Tim has always provided a safe and nurturing environment for the young people in his care. I believe that ‘A Taste of Paradise’ is an extremely valuable program for young people trying to overcome challenges and looking to establish themselves in life.

Andrew Munro, Human Services Consulting

I am in awe of the work he does and the impact that this can have on the young people. In fact often their time at the Farm has represented one of the few positives that they may have had in their life and the positive impact that this has had is hard to truly convey.

Chris Stubbs, CareSouth

We have young people over the age of 12 years who participate in the mentoring program who look forward to their time at the farm each week. Thank you “A Taste of Paradise Farm” for providing an amazing and unique service for our vulnerable young people, we feel privileged to collaborate with you.

Alison Lucas, South Coast Medical Services Aboriginal Corporation

The farm provides an environment in which people can participate and learn new skills…Seeing the sense of accomplishment and participants gaining new skills and growing in confidence is very rewarding for all involved.

Tony Bate, Focus

Latest News

Gareth Ward pledges $10,000 Funding

April 28th, 2019|Categories: Farm Happenings, Farm maintenance, In the Press, Philanthropy|

After posting a petition on his website, local NSW MP Gareth Ward pledged $10,000 in funding for A Taste of Paradise. The funds will be used to build a dedicated staff room for the [...]

Andrea Francis recognised for contribution to community

March 15th, 2019|Categories: Community Support, Farm Happenings, In the Press|

We are very proud to announce that our Charity’s co-founder, Andrea Francis was honoured with one of 18 Shoalhaven International Women’s Day Awards in March this year. Andrea was recognised for her contribution [...]

A Taste of Paradise Celebrates Milestone

December 15th, 2018|Categories: Community Support, Farm Happenings|

In December 2019, A Taste of Paradise will have reached its 20th year working with at-risk and disadvantaged young people from the Shoalhaven, Illawarra and Southern Highlands. Established in 1999, we are celebrating [...]

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The Farm on Village Vets

We are very proud of our association with Village Vets, the Foxtel Lifestyle show which follows two young local vets- Anthony and James. The Village Vets provide us with an invaluable service helping us when our animals are in need.

We jumped at the chance, when the shows producers asked if they could film the boys at A Taste of Paradise, helping with a difficult birth of a calf.