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.
MEDIA RELEASE - CEO Announcement
The Board of Food & Fibre Gippsland wish to advise that Paul Griffin has resigned from the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Mr. Griffin acknowledged the collaborative and supportive culture of the organization, and said his resignation was for personal reasons.
MEDIA RELEASE - A BONNIE ADDITION TO THE TEAM
Gippsland’s horticulture sector is set to benefit from the growth of the VegNET team, with Glengarry’s Bonnie Dawson recently appointed as an Extension Support Officer. Bonnie will work alongside VegNET Victoria Gippsland Coordinator Shayne Hyman who has led a highly successful project in the region for more than three years, with results exceeding well beyond the expected parameters.
The Board of Food & Fibre Gippsland is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Butterworth-Gray to the role of Independent Chairperson. Ms Butterworth-Gray replaces Independent Chair, Peter Schultz from Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL) who had been acting in an advisory capacity throughout the amalgamation of the East Gippsland Food Cluster (EGFC) and Agribusiness Gippsland to form Food & Fibre Gippsland.