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20 ways to help our farmers and rural communities this Christmas

From buying local to donating your drink cans.
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Want to know how you can help Aussie farmers doing it tough?

Then we have the ultimate Christmas shopping guide that will support our farmers and rural communities around the country. Keep scrolling for 20 top tips!

All funds raised from the sale of Farmer Cookbook go directly to Rural Aid.

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1. Featuring family favourites from top chefs, farmers and foodies, all funds raised from the sale of Farmer Cookbook go directly to Rural Aid.

Pick up a copy from Big W for just $40.

2. Buy from the Bush showcases products from rural and regional retailers who are struggling through the drought.

Visit their Facebook page here.

READ NEXT: The heartbreaking story of how the Queensland drought turned a university into a ghost town

Buy from the bush!

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3. Use #buyfromthebush to post photos of your purchases online and encourage others to shop rural.

4. Be mindful of where your food comes from – check the country of origin, what’s in season and what’s grown near you.

Local produce and some of Australia’s best seafood.

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5. Support restaurants and cafes that use locally sourced ingredients.

6. Find Australian-made, organic, fair trade and local pressies at Booful Gifts and Homewares.

The Birdsville Hotel, one of Australia’s most well-known pubs, located in the country’s remote outback of QLD.

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7. Based in Millmerran, Queensland, Loo La Belles stocks gorgeous gifts for your home.

8. Love Thy Farmer’s tees, totes and towels are designed by two Wee Waa women and made from Australian cotton.

We love Love Thy Farmer’s tractor tea towel.

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9. Sign up for a weekly home delivery service of fresh produce, like Food Connect.

10. Donate your empty drink cans to Bottles for the Bush. Every eligible bottle and can donated raises 10c for Rural Aid. Find your nearest recycling location here.

Donate your empty drink cans to Bottles for the Bush.

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11. Do your grocery shopping at your local farmer’s market.

12. Located in Boggabri, NSW, Treasured Traditions offers delicious homemade jams and preserves. Order through Facebook here.

Because who doesn’t love a homemade jam?

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13.Founded by farmer Cassandra McLaren, One Day Closer to Rain is your one-stop shop for gifts made by talented rural Aussies.

Visit their Facebook page here.

14. From drink bottle covers to pot holders, HoneyKu Creations are lovingly made on the family’s Parkes property in Central West NSW. Visit or call (02) 5804 9020.

Drink bottle covers by HoneyKu.

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15. Farmer Tammy’s bath bombs, bath fizz and goat’s milk soap are all handmade from milk produced by her goats in Leyburn, Queensland.

Visit her Facebook page here.

16. Grown in Colbinabbin, Victoria, Kennedy Farm Produce‘s clever popcorn on the cob makes a fun edible gift valued at $15 for a 3-pack.

Kennedy Farm Produce’s clever popcorn on the cob.

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17. The Australian Firefighters 2020 Calendar raises money for charities like Rural Aid, delivering hay bales to farmers.

Order yours here.

18. Discover where to eat, shop and learn locally to support your community and farmers with Local Harvest‘s interactive map.

Yes please!

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19. Boc and Co’s beautiful range of hand-poured candles are made from 100 per cent pure soy wax and fragrant oils, by Brooke Hallam in Kingaroy, Queensland.

Visit their website here.

20. Find the cutest hand-embroidered baby clothes at Bush Bubs, designed by Maryborough, Qld, mum-of-four Theresa.

Boc and Co by Brooke Hallam in Kingaroy, Queensland.

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Bush Bubs, designed in Maryborough, Qld

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