2020 Small Producer of the Year
The Sprout Small Producer of the Year Award is an annual award, nominated by you, the local community to recognise and award a farmer in Tasmania who you think is doing a great job at 'Growing Good' in your local community!
This award is for a small farming business, producing either fresh fruit or vegetables or meat, in an ethical, sustainable and small scale method in Tasmania.
We look for:
- Someone who is producing amazing food
- Someone who is contributing to and engaged with their local community and the food community in Tasmania.
- Someone who collaborates with others and shares knowledge
- Someone who strives to leave the land they are on in a better state than when it came to them
Nominations for the 2020 Small Producer of the Year will be open later in the year. Keep an eye on our website for opening dates or follow us on Facebook to find out when nominations are open.
2019 Small Producer of the Year - Kate and Iain Field: Tongola Cheese and Leap Farm
Kate and Iain were nominated as the 2019 Small producer of the year, by our Tassie food community.
This award means so much to the producers who receive it, as it is recognition from their community for all the hard work, dedication and passion they have for sustainable agriculture on a small scale. Lisa and Iain received such amazing feedback from those in the community who nominated them for their hard work, dedication and approach to amazing produce. Nominations listed attributes like energetic, community minded, valuable to our local community and passionate - and Kate and Iain were so humbled by their nomination and their win for 2019.
Tongola Cheese and Leap Farm are located in Tasmania's South East at beautiful Bream Creek, home to free range beef cattle and goats who live carefree, healthy happy lives and provide Kate and Iain the opportunity to supply the community with quality goat and aged beef meats, and traditional hand-made goats milk cheese. The love what they do and bring passion and enthusiasm to their farm on a daily basis. You can follow their progress at the farm on their website or on their Facebook pages for Leap Farm and Tongola Cheese
Many thanks once again to Blundstone Australia for supporting our award for the 4th year in a row!
2018 Small Producer of the Year - Lisa & Adam, Cornerstone Farm
Lisa & Adam were nominated as the 2018 Small producer of the year, by our Tassie food community.
This award means so much to the producers who receive it, as it is recognition from their community for all the hard work, dedication and passion they have for sustainable agriculture on a small scale. Lisa attended our Cross Pollinate Conference at Mount Gnomon Farm in Penguin on the NW coast of Tasmania, and was humbled by the nominations she received.
They are located in the pristine West Tamar region of Northern Tasmania and are completely family owned and operated. They produce Suffolk Lamb, Angus Beef and Pasture Raised Pork, and they are passionate about giving their local community the opportunity to buy premium quality, farm raised, grass fed meat direct from their local farmer.
2017 Small Producer of the Year - Phil and Selina, Long Name Farm
Phil and Selina were nominated by you, the Tassie food community, as the 2017 Sprout Small Producer of the Year!
Image: (L-R) Phil, Selina and Greg Findlay (Blundstone Australia) at Willie Smith's Apple Shed, Cross Pollinate Conference
It was great to see them so humbled on the night, when they received their award at the Cross Pollinate Long Table dinner, and to hear from them about their journey so far. They farm rare and heritage breed pigs on Tasmania’s scenic East Coast. Wessex Saddleback, Tamworth and Berkshire pigs freely roam 40 coastal acres in the picturesque hamlet of Little Swanport. As of November last year, both Phil and Selina are full time on farm, which is an incredible achievement!
If you are keen to meet them, why not head to Farm Gate Market in Hobart on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, you can collect your pork order at the same time, or order your own Pig In A Box and they'll deliver it to your door.
Thanks to Blundstone Australia Phil and Selina have shiny (or should we say now...muddy) new boots for around the farm, as well as $500 cash, and mentoring time with some expert staff from within the Blundstone Australia team.
2016 Small Producer of the Year - Alex Taylor, Golden Valley Farm
Thank you to those who nominated a small producer for this award. Nominations were reviewed and we are so thrilled to announce that for 2016 - the Small Producer Award recipient was Alex Taylor, from Golden Valley Farm in Cygnet TAS.
Alex started Golden Valley Farm in 2010 with a spade, a mattock and a head full of dreams. Six years later Golden Valley Farm turned over almost $100,000 in fresh, local, organic vegetables, using intensive plantings of succession crops over two locations, providing a year-‘round income.
Alex believes that local organic market gardens are a no-brainer: the produce is fresher and more nutritious, wealth remains in the community, social capital is strengthened, and all this with minimal food miles and no toxic inputs!
Alex still finds time for dreaming amidst the hustle and bustle of his four-season farm.