NICOLAS FARRAR - THE GROWING TREND
30TH APRIL 2020
Imagine a world with more trees, fruits and flowers. It’s a fine balance gardening in the urban environment with all the pressures of the modern world including the coronavirus. This is where Nicolas Farrer comes in. In late 2017 Nicolas approached Sydney Business about the possibility of joining the Federal Government’s New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS). He had an idea of developing Kid’s Micro Greens sunflower Seed Bomb kits which would be a fun way to grow micro greens at home, school or in the office.
Other products were then introduced such as the Bee Mix Seed Bomb, the Fruit Tree and Wine Barrel, Organic Garden Consultations and the newly introduced Tote Bag.
The Business commenced in January 2018 and Nicolas’ expertise has since been widely used in local Community Groups as well as more broadly as Organic food becomes more mainstream. He has studied Horticulture and Permaculture and this has given him the creative freedom needed to shape his life as well as the many children and adults he has been able to teach since commencement of the business.
The Growing Trend was made reality by hard work, perseverance and a lot of help from its customers and support network. Ideas need development and with the help and guidance of the NEIS program The Growing Trend was able to test the market which I believed to be present.
Sydney Business and the NEIS program gave me the support both financially and educationally to follow through with my business idea. The weekly business sessions and targets allowed me to focus 100% on starting the business.
Coronavirus means our business model needs to be adaptive and respond accordingly. Our main source of revenue being school education has taken a hold so we have started supplying online lessons to council and business. People are also spending more time at home which means more time gardening.
Covid-19 has allowed The Growing Trend to focus on supplying online workshops to or customer base. We tailor our online content with our Micro Greens growing kit and run hands on workshops. We are currently putting together an online workshop with our micro greens tins with North Sydney Council and the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. If you are in the North Sydney area, you can register through the Coal Loader centre.
The Growing Trend provides Educational Workshops, Future Fruits Program, Garden Design, Install and Maintenance. For more information, follow The Growing Trend on Instagram or check out the website – www.thegrowingtrend.com