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.