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Head to Guide Falls Farm for some Funky time!

Rachel, Matt and the team at Guide Falls Farm are doing it again...opening their farm gates for a great family day of fun, music, local brews and produce.

Farm Funk! February 11th, Midday to 4pm.

Funky feels by Halfway to Forth,  Strawbale bar serving brews from @LostPippinCider and @VanDiemansBrewing, Guide Falls Farm gourmet wood fired pizza.

Enjoy the music, explore their large animal park and eat until your belly is content!

$10 adults, $5 kids - 2 years and under is free!

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Harvest Launceston Community Farmers' Market - keen to find a new lamb producer!

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If you are a lamb producer in the northern end of the state, and you are keen to try your hand at holding a stall at a local farmers' market, then Harvest Launceston would love to hear from you!  Harvest Launceston is an award winning farmers' market, run by a sensational team of people, and being able to sell your produce direct to your customers is a fantastic way to build relationships, get direct feedback on your products and expand your own networks. The Harvest team have sadly said goodbye to Braefield Prime Lamb who used to attend the market on a weekly basis, selling lamb sausages as well as fully butchered cuts of lamb including extremely popular lamb cutlets. The HM team are flexible in terms of someone taking up a weekly/fortnightly spot, so just touch base with them to talk about the options.

Contact Julia Wever on enquiries@harvestmarket.org.au if you are interested to find out more.

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East coast, free range heritage pork at Farmgate Market!

Long Name Farm are now hitting the market scene as a stallholder at the Hobart based Farmgate Market. Phil and Selina are excited to sell their pork products direct to customers face to face every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, starting in February.  

Look out for their distinctive black and white logo, and fancy new marquee!

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Been to Kettering lately? Check out the Bruny Island Gateway Cafe!

The Bruny Island Gateway Cafe is under new owners, and one of our legendary Sprout volunteers is heading up the operations there, with a definite focus on local produce, particularly Bruny Island produce.  Previously the Mermaid Cafe, the team at Bruny island Gateway are really keen to showcase all things local, including activities as well as fresh food and value added products too.

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If you are heading to Bruny Island, why not jump in the cue at lunch time, and while the ferry staff have their lunch, you can sit back and enjoy some delicious food out on the deck overlooking the Kettering waterfront (all the while knowing you are in row #1 in the ferry queue). Or, why not head down to Kettering for a day trip, and stop in for a coffee and one of their scrumptious muffins!

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Want to try your hand at small scale farming before buying your own? This story is for you...read on.

Pip Ross owns a farm in Koonya, and has written a story about how she is keen to find someone who is keen to try their hand at small scale farming on her property when she is away. Read Pip's letter below...

A Unique Opportunity I have a 17 acre farm on the Tasman Peninsula. On my own, I run chickens for pastured eggs and have a successful little business supplying to Hobart, Dodges Ferry, Dunalley and to locals. I have also sold at Kingston farmers market. My customers can’t get enough of the delicious eggs. I invested in a Chicken Caravan that I move around every week or so with a tractor. A neighbour runs his cattle here twice a year and does work in exchange. Three years ago a young couple came and lived on the property, fenced off a 1/4 acre and grew vegetables for the spring to autumn season. The soil is very fertile and they had an abundance of vegetables. Another neighbour came and grew a crop of potatoes last year in that garden.  The local community has been incredibly supportive and generous with practical help and sharing their knowledge. During the warmer months I provide accomodation through Airbnb to boost my income. There is enough accomodation to also have Woofers stay, which has been really helpful and fantastic fun. The place is set up with tractor, water pump at the dam, the Chicken Caravan, various garden tools, etc etc. There is a lovely old sunny 3 bedroom house with renovated kitchen and bathroom, 5 minutes from the beach. It is fully furnished, ready to move in. There is a kitchen garden next to the house, also some blueberry bushes and an apple tree in the garden.

I plan to spend more time with family in Victoria for the next few years so I want to rent out the house and land to someone who would like to try their hand at either of the above ventures: pastured eggs, vegetables, accomodation. Or it could be a combination of two of those, or all three.  I will be coming back regularly, say every 6 weeks or 2 months, and will stay in one of the cabins at the rear of the house to provide support. I will provide all training necessary for someone to be able to run the pastured eggs (there are government regulations to be met, etc) and accomodation. I know less about vegetable growing but there are experienced people in the community who would lend their expertise and experience.  There are many ways of coming to an agreement as per rent. It would depend on the person’s circumstances and whether you were managing the accommodation and I took a cut or whether you just managed the accommodation and took the profits. There are many variables but  I really do want to make it possible for someone, a couple, 2 friends or a family, to have a go at managing a small farm, especially if they are looking to farm but havent got their own land yet. 

Contact Pip on 0474 265 499 or pipross5@gmail.com.

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