Gippsland’s vibrant food and fibre production and processing sector plays a major role in the region’s economy and the resilience of its communities. It also contributes significantly to the Victorian economy.
Gippsland’s abundant quality produce is enjoyed by consumers locally, in Melbourne, as well as across other parts of Victoria, Australia and the world.
Food & Fibre Gippsland aims to be an integral support and stakeholder in projects, initiatives and activities that make a positive impact on productivity, profitability, prosperity, people and in the bigger picture, the planet.
Introducing Food & Fibre Gippsland
Will, Sarah and their little daughter Adaline, purchased Willarah Farm in March 2018 with the dream of creating a home for their family. Since then the dream has evolved to include a beautiful herd of commercial Speckle Park cattle and an intimate wedding ceremony venue along the banks of the Little Morwell River, which traverses the property.
Sarah is the daughter of dairy farmers so knows how to chase cows out of the garden, while Will is a Latrobe Valley local who has always loved the outdoors. Together they have jumped head first into everything Willarah Farm has to offer and have their fingers crossed that they will make more good decisions than bad - wish them luck!
A family farm in beautiful Kongwak whose aim is to achieve a healthy, diverse and balanced landscape while producing quality nutrient rich food (with trace elements.). Their focus is never to use chemicals as these are harmful when they enter the food system. Ferndale Certified Organic tries to have 100% cover of grass all year round and work on long rotations. Being Certified Organic, they minimise toxins, so every part is safe to eat and the taste reflects the animals health. No GMO's ever used = safe Fat.
They believe they are sequestering carbon into the soils on their farm thus improving soil fertility and grass quality. Hopefully by these methods, they'plan to leave their farm healthier for future generations. Their farm is certified with Australian Certified Organic ACO 11903, so all fruit, vegetables, poultry, pork and beef are too !
Gippsland produce is some of the best in the country, perhaps even the world, and in a collaborative effort to grow awareness of that to both local and international consumers, plans are underway to establish a “Made in Gippsland / Grown in Gippsland “ provenance trust token. Food & Fibre Gippsland will be hosting a workshop and discussion forum about how it can be created, managed, licensed and promoted at Narkoojee Winery next Wednesday the 29th of January. It follows on from previous consultations across the region and with other stakeholders.
Now more than ever, it's vital for Gippslanders to support each other, their local economies and communities by buying local and enjoying local produce. And if you can make it a permanent habit to continue to support local, for the few extra dollars it might be, you're part of a huge collaborative contribution that keeps family businesses alive and helps the regional economy continue to grow. Here is one of many examples of why supporting local producers is so important - read about the current challenge from one of our members, Forge Creek Free Range, a family business that produces quality free-range eggs from happy hens who roam their paddocks along Forge Creek Road in East Gippsland - and right now, due to the impact of the bushfires, their supply is outweighing demand..
Working towards a future where Gippsland produce is recognised and validated via a provenance trust token that consumers know, appreciate and look for.
To continue to support the growing number of restaurants, cafes and food destination businesses to connect with the food & fibre sector, in partnership with TAFE Gippsland, we will be holding our 2nd Hospitality Forum on Monday the 17th of February.