About the program

The Sprout Producer Program is a one year program includes a series of educational units including both on farm and off farm topics, farm field days and mentoring sessions to support and develop any producer to achieve their goals, creating significant future benefits for them as individuals as well as their business and the Tasmanian community.

This program is for any small producer, growing food to sell fresh or value-add, or farming stock of any kind, and they can be at any stage in their journey.  

We have producers in the Program who are at the very beginning of their journey from idea to realisation, and we have others who have many wins on the board but are looking for guidance in the next phase of their journey.  It is this mix of both farm type and stage of journey that we feel brings about incredible diversity to the conversations and support that comes from each cohort of producers completing the Program.  There is so much that can be learned from others, even if they are striving to achieve different versions of success.

1) Induction is with Sprout and a small group of producers, you get to meet your cohort of fellow SPP participants, meet sponsors, enjoy lunch and then take part in 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, just to name a few.

3) Additionally, during the program producers 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 at least one 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.

Benefits

The key benefits include:

  • Access to a network of knowledgeable 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

Cost

The program is offered as a fully paid scholarship, which is made possible from generous donations from individuals in our local community, or from local organisations here in Tasmania.  The scholarship is worth $4000 per producer.

There is a co-contribution portion for all successful applicants of $285, which assists Sprout to fund the costs of each individual participant's farm field day.  

If you are interested in becoming a Sprout Producer, get in touch with Jennifer Robinson, our General Manager to register your interest - info@sprout.org.au 

Applications for 2021 have closed and currently being assessed - successful applicants will be announced at our Cross Pollinate Conference on 15 & 16 November 2020.

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