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The hunt for tasmania’s best

Media Release – Sep 2020

THE hunt is on for Tasmania’s best small producer or farmer.

Sprout Tasmania is excited to announce the opening of nominations for the Small Producer Award in recognition of the growing contribution that small-scale, ethical producers make to local food production.

Sprout General Manager Jennifer Robinson said small producers were passionate, committed and knowledgeable.

“We know that Tasmanians are increasingly concerned and curious about where their food comes from and how it’s produced, and they’re seeking out local farmers to buy their food,” she said.

“This award is about recognising the great work small producers do and helping to raise their profile. We’re asking people to nominate small producers who grow or prepare ethical, great tasting food that has been grown with care for the environment and community.”

Sprout Tasmania is a non-profit, volunteer run organisation that supports small-scale, ethical producers to get their projects in the ground, growing and to market.

The prize for this year’s Small Producer Award is a full day ticket to Sprout’s 2020 Cross Pollinate Conference on November 15th and 16th, valued at over $300 and two pairs of Blundstone boots of their choice, thanks to ongoing sponsors of this award, Blundstone Australia.  The Cross Pollinate conference is a two-day event for food growers, producers, hospitality professionals, industry, government and not-for-profit representatives.

This year’s conference topic is ‘Growing Stronger’ and it’s shaping up to be an amazing two days. The event, hosted by Anna and Graeme at Spring Bay Mill, includes a keynote speech on rising from challenge or trauma from Dr Polly McGee, a session on changing habits with Di McShane, a site tour, a delicious dinner by local chefs with local produce and small group design sprints about how we can all be a part of the systemic change we need to see in our local food system in Tasmania. Tickets go live on Monday 28th September.