The Sprout Producer Program is a one year accreditation for small and start-up Tasmanian producers that involves an induction day, educational units, field days and mentoring.
Listen to some Sprout Producer Graduates talk about their experience...
Lucy Headlam from Headlam Farm (2015 SPP Graduate)
We would like to say thank you so our Sprout Producer Program Sponsors for making the six scholarships in the program available for the 3rd year in a row, for 2017.
We would also like to acknowledge the support from an anonymous donor for one of our scholarships.
1) Induction is with Sprout and a small group of producers and covers some Sprout basics, lunch and then an afternoon business planning session with one of our Sprout subject matter experts.
2) The educational units include both core subjects and electives, which cover topics such as Finance and business planning, Marketing, Ecommerce, Social media, Value-adding, Market gardening, Soil health, Freight and Logistics and Exporting.
3) Additionally, during the first year as a Sprout Producer, they participate in six on-farm Sprout Producer days where they get to visit other Sprout Producers and see what issues they have and learn about how they do things, as well as sharing in the mentorship of a Sprout Board or subcommittee member or sponsor on-site during the farm walk-through; and
4) Producers are also offered four free half-hour phone or Skype mentoring sessions on any area they need help in. Mentoring can exceed the half an hour per session and will be charged at a reduced hourly rate.
Once they have produced their first Sprout crop and are ready for market, accredited producers get access to our online store (Fork to Fork) as well as a page on our website, and the right to bear the Sprout logo on their product. The Sprout logo to consumers represents high quality, ethically and environmentally produced local food.
The key benefits include:
- Access to a network of knowledgable mentors with diverse skills
- Access to customers and sponsors
- Opportunity to learn about soil health, business planning, marketing and more
- Becoming a part of a community of producers who provide support and friendship
- Opportunity for media coverage
Scholarships are available each year where Tasmanian businesses and individuals sponsor producers to complete the program. If you are interested in becoming a Sprout Producer, please send us an expression of interest here. Applications for the 2018 intake will open later in the year (approx August).