Finding your niche – New opportunities for native produce
UPDATED DETAILS ONE DAY ONLY
When: Thursday 8th, 2018
Where: Tailrace Centre 1 Waterfront Drive, Riverside, Launceston.
Time: 8.30 – 4.30
Subsidised Cost: $45 (plus booking fee).
Bookings essential: contact Greg Lundstrom on [email protected] or 0438 642 112.
Australian Native Foods & Botanicals (ANFAB) and Tamar NRM are bringing together growers, aspiring growers, chefs, wholesalers, retailers and boutique producers.
At this event, speakers will showcase the exiting developments and possibilities of the burgeoning native food and botanicals’ sector as well as exploring niche markets. The day will include a farm visit to Bronzewing Farm (native pepper producer) in the morning and speakers at Tailrace in the afternoon. See below for the program.
Meet at Tailrace, Riverside at 8:30am, bus leaves 9:00am sharp.
Here is a sound bite of the interview Costa did at Punchbowl Community Garden with Fred Hooper from ABC Radio on Thursday 1st February. (Courtesy of the ABC)
The event was organised by Tamar NRM and Landcare Tasmania.
Thanks to Tamar Wetlands and West Tamar Council for bringing him to Tassie.
The latest offering of “Naturally Yours”
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You will notice the December issue is different than past newsletters. It features the Year in Review with plenty of photos of Community Action across the Tamar Valley.
The Tamar Pasture Improvement Demonstration Project Survey
The draw for the Green Tractor was conducted at Mowbray Office on 7th December. The winner is Pipers River Farmer Brian Baxter. It may be a bit small to help with this year’s hay and silage, but will look great under the Xmas tree!
The survey remains open and we encourage others to participate until March 2018. Available online, via phone or post.
Heartwood: The art and science of growing trees for conservation and profit
by Rowan Reid, Forest Scientist and the owner of the Bambra Agroforestry Farm. Publisher: Melbourn Books
“Encouraging landholders to plant and manage trees for conservation and profit”
AVAILABLE for $50 per copy from Tamar NRM.
This beautiful hard cover book has 15 chapters focusing on different high-quality timber species that Rowan grows on his own farm. These include the local Australian Blackwood and Mountain Ash, low rainfall native timber species like Red Ironbark and Spotted Gum, sub-tropical natives such as Sydney Blue Gum, Silky Oak, River Sheoak and Australian Red Cedar, and exotics including Coast Redwood, English Oak and Poplar.
Rowan uses these species to explore the fundamentals of tree growing and timber production and includes references to more than 100 timber species that Australian farmers could grow. Rowan highlights how, in almost every case, trees grown for timber can also provide soil conservation, biodiversity, agricultural and aesthetic values.
In October, Tamar NRM sponsored Rowan to come back to present on his 30 years as a tree grower.
AND . . . . We have a limited number of copies of his new book signed by Rowan Reid.
Also available from Petrarch’s Bookshop in Launceston.
More Information from Rowan’s Facebook Page:
Want to know about how to idenify and control weeds in sensitive coastal environments? Then this is the workshop for you.
• Practical demonstrations
• Weeds of the Tamar Valley
• Using non-chemical and chemical methods to control weeds
• Hazards, risks and keeping yourself and the environment safe
• Procedures protocols and the law
• Alternative control methods
• Tamar NRM equipment loan scheme
Free event, BBQ lunch provided.
Please RSVP for catering purposes. Phone 03 6323 3310 or Email [email protected]
Supported by funding from George Town Council.
Next Field days and Workshops:
Growing the Growers Finding your niche, New opportunities for native produce – TAMAR VALLEY, Thurs and Friday 8-9 MARCH 2018
Pasture Demonstration Site Field Day – BLESSINGTON, Tuesday 20th MARCH 2018
Test your knowledge of pastures in our landholder survey
Tamar NRM is active in supporting initiatives to improve the profitability and the sustainability of farm enterprises in the Tamar Valley.
We are conducting a short survey to understand where the skills and knowledge of the region currently sits. We will repeat the survey in 3 years time.
As a producer you will be interested in improving pastures and the Meat and Livestock Australia Producer Demonstration Sites (MLA PDS) project as it progresses over a 3 year period.
Over the course of the MLA PDS project we invite you to attend field days, receive pasture improvement and management information that we develop as the project progresses and be involved by sharing your experience with a broader group of Tamar Farmers.
Knowledge and Skills Evaluation
There are two surveys a quick 15 minute 10 question online (SurveyMonkey) survey or a 17 question survey in a word document (about 20 minutes).
The survey remains open and we encourage others to complete it as it remains open until March 2018. Available online, via phone or post.
Click here for the Word Document Survey
(17 questions, complete and email back to [email protected])
The survey is used to determine your level of understanding of pastures and pasture management. This knowledge and skills audit will allow us to track skill development and adoption of new practices.
The information will be completely confidential and individuals will not be identified in the interpretation or dissemination of the data.
We can also post you the survey if you prefer. An opportunity to do the survey over the phone also exists, just call Gregon the number provided below:
Greg Lundstrom on 6323 3310, Mob 0438 642 112
You will find the link to future Field Days on “EVENTS” tab – http://www.tamarnrm.com.au/