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New Here?

G’day! A very warm welcome to Border Park Organics.

If you’re visiting for the first time, this page is designed for you. We invite you to take a tour of how we do things below. (And yes, if you’ve been with us for a while, we trust you’ll also find this page tremendously helpful.)

How Our Ordering Process Works

Click the icons to navigate through the five steps.

1. Choose
     Meat Pack

2. Find Collection
     Point

3. Create Account
     & Pay Deposit

4. Collect Order

5. Make Final
     Payment

1. CHOOSE YOUR ORGANIC MEAT PACK

  • Order online or by emailing or phoning us
  • Our meat is charged per kg of actual meat received (so it’s easy for you to compare prices, and see the value of our packs)
  • Each cut is bagged and labelled
  • Your meat arrives fresh not frozen (occasionally due to longer transit times, we need to freeze our sausages)

Want to get shopping? Head to the shop now!
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2. FIND YOUR COLLECTION POINT

  • We have over 50 collection points throughout South Australia
  • We deliver to central collection points – such as freight depots or public car parks (not homes or offices)
  • We use registered refrigerated transport
  • Average freight costs per order are $35 per person
  • Tip: you save on freight costs when others in your area order at the same time!

Want to get going? Head to our interactive map now!
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3. CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT & PAY THE DEPOSIT

  • Create your own account where you’ll be able to view your order history
  • We require a 50% deposit and your freight cost paid to secure your order (due at time of ordering)
  • Payment is by PayPal, credit card, or bank transfer
  • Collection time and date confirmed at checkout

Want to get started? Create your account today!
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4. COLLECT YOUR ORDER

  • Your meat will be ready to collect within 2-3 weeks of ordering.
  • You or your nominee must be available to meet the courier vehicle or at your collection point at the agreed time
  • Your order will be delivered during business hours

Where will you get this information? At Checkout (and via email notification), we’ll give you all you need to know.
 

5. MAKE YOUR FINAL PAYMENT

  • Your final payment is determined by the actual weight of your order (minus your deposit)
  • Any freight savings (by sharing a collection point with others) will be credited on your final invoice.
  • Your final payment is due approximately 2 weeks after you receive your order

If you have any questions, drop us a line. We’d love to help.
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New Here? A Word from Us

As farmers, we’re humbled to have you here.

If you’re keen to learn more about the benefits of organic food (particularly meat) and support our farming family by purchasing meat from us, then you’re in the right place!

Over the past few years we’ve seen an increased global trend toward better health, particularly focused on real food. (And perhaps like you, our family hasn’t always put real food as a priority in our budget). Even though it’s becoming more popular, we’re also conscious of the common misconception that organic food is expensive and not worth the extra money.

It doesn’t have to be this way (and we oughta know cos we’ve got a bunch of kids!).

Our belief is that everyone should be able to afford good food. And that’s great news for you, because it just so happens that we produce good food (think organic beef, lamb and other goodies) 🙂

It’s also our desire to make organic meat accessible to other families.

Here’s what customer’s Kelly and Geoff (Adelaide) have aptly said, “Thanks very much for the work you are doing! It’s greatly appreciated by us in the city who simply don’t have room for a herd of sheep or cattle!”

So, whether you’re brand new to the concept of organics or buying straight from the farmer, or you once used to raise your own livestock, we hope you’ll enjoy your time with us (and perhaps find an organic meat pack to suit you too!)

Can we suggest three things?

  • If you’re curious to know more about our farming family, then check out our About page. You can read our story about how we came to Border Park, and why we’re so passionate about eating healthy food!

    You may also want to follow our journey on Facebook 🙂

    McIntosh Family 2017 Collage

  • Want to know how we organically manage our animals for optimum health and keep weeds under control (all without the usual arsenal of synthetic chemicals)? Keen to know how we’re training our next generation of farmers (aka our kids)?

    We send out monthly updates through our Border Blog newsletter. Here you’ll receive farming updates as well as simple, tasty recipes and exclusive offers.

    Join over 220 subscribers and get a peek into life on our organic farm. Subscribe to our newsletter today!

    Then, in the vein of farming community tradition, join us for a cuppa (or drop us a note if distance is an issue!) and introduce yourself. We’d love to ‘meet’ you.

  • If you’re ready to shop now and fill your freezer with organic meat, we won’t hold you up any longer 🙂

    Alternatively, why not check out our delicious recipes. Hint: They’re probably a lot quicker and cheaper to make than you might think! Why not ‘pin’ a recipe that grabs your eye so you can make it soon?

    And if you haven’t already, why not sign up to our FREE monthly info blog called Meaty Morsels where you’ll get simple tips to help you prepare and cook your meat in the best way possible.

What We Offer

  • We offer the following organic meat packs and products (in many different sizes):

    • Beef ($16 – $22/kg)
    • Lamb ($11 – $15/kg)
    • Combo – beef and lamb ($18 – $21/kg)
    • Hogget ($10 – $14/kg)
    • Mutton ($7 – $11/kg)
    • Mince ($9 – $19/kg)
    • Sausages ($10 – $13/kg)
    • Organs ($5/kg)
    • Bones ($1.50 – $2kg)
    • Suet ($2 -$3/kg)

  • Opportunity to order monthly (SA) and 3 times per year (NSW, VIC) and upon request (NT).

  • We deliver to over 100 central collection points throughout SA, VIC, NSW and NT.

  • For families, the health-conscious, those with allergies or special eating regimes, those who enjoy great tasting meat with flavours from the ‘good old days’.

  • So you can be confident that the meat you’re serving your family and friends is certified organic and 100% pasture-fed. Our meat is also free of chemicals, hormones and antibiotics.

  • Order your organic meat pack online and pick up your box of wholesome goodness from a collection point near you!

What We Mean By… (Basic Definitions)

With so many buzz terms around these days, it’s understandable if you’re a little bamboozled.

We thought it might be helpful to briefly outline our understanding on the terms you’ll find on our website.

  • For The Standard referred to through the definitions below, please see here.

    added hormones

    Hormonal products that act as growth promotants which help accelerate weight gain in livestock. While they are banned in the EU, approximately 40% of cattle raised for the Australian domestic market are still raised using hormone supplements.

    antibiotics

    Synthetic medicines used to address disease in intensively farmed livestock, provide a growth boost, and suppress digestive biota in grain-fed animals.

    boxed weight

    The actual weight of the meat product. All our meat packs and products are charged by the boxed weight (not carcase weight).

    certified organic

    An operation that is registered with a certifying body as complying to ‘The Standard’ for organic production.  

    chemical free

    ‘Chemical free’ is used loosely by the organic industry to mean free of harmful chemical inputs. These may include but are not limited to pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and some naturally occurring chemicals, as defined by ‘The Standard’.

    Ultimately, ‘The Standard’ determines what we are allowed to use in our organic livestock and cropping enterprises.

    chemicals

    When we use the term ‘chemical’, we’re referring to these proprietary (owned) products that are classed under ‘The Standard’ as being not acceptable for use in certified organic food production systems. We realise that technically speaking, everything physical consists of chemical elements. For example: salt and arsenic both consist of naturally occurring elements. But arsenic is prohibited under ‘The Standard’ for food production for obvious reasons.

    collection point

    The place where customers pick up their order. This could be either a location that is able to store orders for a short time, or an arranged location for an on-the-go pickup.    

    deposit

    A deposit of 50% of the anticipated order amount is due at the time of ordering.

    final payment

    This will be calculated from the exact weight of an  order, minus the deposit. It is due after the order is received.

    free range

    Livestock production where animals are not intensively confined. Rather they are  allowed to graze in an open space, with access to pasture, water, shelter belts, sunshine and others in the mob.

    grain-fed

    Refers to intensive feed-lotting of livestock. Animals are usually raised on pastures, then spend up to 3 months in a pen on a growth ration that includes a high percentage of grain.

    grass-fed / pasture-fed

    This is a broad term that refers to livestock that are allowed access to grass or pasture for feed, including natural and stubble pastures (and naturally occurring plant seeds), grasses, shrubs and hay.

    Generally all livestock will have access to grass during their lives, but perhaps not exclusively unless stated.

    GMO

    Genetically Modified Organisms are the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially inserted into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. ‘The Standard’ does not allow any GMO-derived products in organic production systems.

    hogget

    An older lamb that is approximately 13 – 24 months of age, and whose meat has a great flavour!

    mutton

    A sheep that is at least 3 years of age and has a full flavoured meat. 

    NASAA

    Stands for National Association for Sustainable Agriculture, Australia. The oldest of the 7 organic certifying bodies in Australia.

    suet

    The internal hard fat from beef or lamb found around the kidneys and loins. Suet can be used for culinary, beauty and general purposes.

    sustainable

    A production system that has an emphasis on building up and regenerating it’s nutrient sources and ecosystem to ensure long-term use by future generations.

    ‘The Standard’

    We refer to the National Standard for Organic and Bio-Dynamic Produce (edition 3.7) as ‘The Standard’.

    As organic producers, we are required to adhere to the guidelines within this document.

    traceable

    Having verifiable records to demonstrate compliance with ‘The Standard’. For example, livestock records may show details such as birth date, parents, paddock movements, weights, changes to feed sources, any treatments and transport. 

Our Mission & Operating Principles

OUR MISSION

To provide families with affordable and nutritious food. Food that promotes overall health and healing. Certified organic meat online. 100% pasture-fed. Grown with integrity and sustainably managed. Naturally free from chemicals, hormones and antibiotics.

OUR OPERATING PRINCIPLES

Affordability
We believe everyone should be able to afford good food. We provide bulk meat packs, and also encourage you to try our great value secondary cuts and older aged animals.

Health
Using the whole animal, including lesser known cuts, provides nutrient-dense food, promotes creativity and avoids waste.

Transparency
We welcome questions and comments about our farming systems. Our production system and ‘paddock to plate’ processes are approved by independent auditing bodies, so you can be confident each animal’s ‘traceability’.

Sustainability
Maintaining soil health is vital in our fragile Mallee region in South Australia. We’re continually working to find ways to regenerate our soils and native plants so this area can be farmed by generations to come.

Our Promise to You

“How can I be confident in your products?”

We are dedicated to maintaining two objectives:

• providing a reliable source of quality meat for customers, and
• being wise caretakers of our livestock and soils.

To this end, you can be assured that we:

• allow our pasture-fed animals to grow at a natural rate (without adding hormones)
• offer animals that have been solely born and raised on our farm (unless otherwise stated)
• only slaughter in response to orders (not in advance)
• butcher animals that have reached their fullest potential
• provide customers with fresh meat (not frozen)
• are farming sustainably with the future in mind