Entries are open for the Food & Fibre Gippsland Excellence in Agribusiness Awards, with an expansion in the number of categories, and the introduction of a new premier award. The Female Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award has been added to the list, with generous sponsorship from Leadership Victoria providing the opportunity for the winner to take part in their Women’s Leadership Program.
The Board of Food & Fibre Gippsland would like to announce changes to the organisation at both a board and operational level. The changes will support growth in strategic development and expansion whilst continuing mutually successful collaborations and sector projects that are engaging industry, government, academia and community.
The fast-moving developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has forced the postponement of the Tenth International Spinach Conference until a more suitable date can be found. The Conference was scheduled to be held in Lakes Entrance, East Gippsland in the first week of May as part of the East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days (EGVID) 2020 program. The East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days are scheduled for the 7th & 8th May and work continues daily in the event field sites at Lindenow in East Gippsland. The Committee is working on how they can and will revise the event to comply with directives and meet expectations around the current circumstances.
Food waste is a 20 billion dollar a year problem in Australia. One of Food & Fibre Gippsland members, a fresh produce retailer and wholesaler based in the Latrobe Valley, has introduced an innovative solution to the region with a dehydrator system that converts food waste to a nutrient-rich fertilizer.
From jamologists to providores, craft brewers to agri-tourism businesses, they came from far and wide across the region and beyond to collaborate on establishing a trust token to validate the authenticity of food and fibre produce from Gippsland. Picking up on conversation that began in 2019, the development of a “mark” to validate Gippsland’s produce took a big step forward in a positive direction when a diverse group with representation from industry, community, government at all levels, educators and research gathered at Narkoojee Winery for a workshop and discussion form in late January.
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.
MEDIA RELEASE - Teacher PD Programme spreads food and fibre knowledge
East Gippsland teachers got a boost in their knowledge bank this week via a professional development workshop that aims to increase their capacity to incorporate food and fibre concepts into the classroom. The PD programme, facilitated by Food & Fibre Gippsland’s GIPPY Ag project in partnership with CQ University Australia via funding from the State Government of Victoria, has engaged with over 30 teachers across the region, in Morwell, Leongatha and Bairnsdale.
MEDIA RELEASE - Industry Immersions a great success across Gippsland Food & Fibre Businesses
Over 50 secondary school students from Gippsland and surrounds participated in a two-day Industry Immersion Program this week which took them to four different food producers across the region. From a large-scale vegetable grower in Middle Tarwin and a big dairy business in Leongatha that milks 1100 cows daily, to an organic enterprise in Ellinbank farmed by the same family for 150 years and a third-generation apple orchard in Drouin, Gippsland’s producers welcomed the students onto their farms and into their businesses with open arms.