Bec Lynd - Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year 2017!
Sprout was so proud to be at the State RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year Award ceremony in Hobart a few months ago, to see Bec Lynd announced the state winner for 2017! Bec was one of our inaugural Sprout Producers, graduating in 2015, and has been achieving incredible things both on and off the Big River Highland Beef farm for the last 2 years. She is now in the running for National RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year Award, to be announced in Canberra in September.
As the Tasmanian winner, Bec receives a $10,000 bursary which will fund a research project into small scale, off grid, cattle processing facilities and will take her to the Western Districts of the United States, including the cattle capital of Texas.While in the USA Bec will meet with farmers, feedlot and processing facility operators, butchers, chefs and industry representatives to gain insight into best practice models for small scale animal processing. She will be blogging throughout her travels.
Bec received a scholarship to the Sprout Producer Program (SPP) in 2015 thanks to the generous support of Nick Haddow, Bruny Island Cheese Co. and has always attributed her participation in the program as the catalyst for transitioning her hobby farm into a business as well as helping her find her niche in the food and restaurant industry. She proudly continues to support the Sprout program as a buddy to new Sprout Producer Program participants.
The challenge of finding animal processing facilities that are flexible enough or structured in a way that supports the requirements of small scale farmers is a common thread of conversation we hear at Sprout. We think the findings from Bec's research project will be not only fascinating, but so beneficial in informing the direction of small scale animal processing in Tasmania.
You can find more about Big River Highland Beef on their Facebook page.
Well done Bec!! We can't wait to hear about your trip and the things you learn through the RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year program.
Guide Falls Farm Community Tree Planting Day - Sunday 30th July
Rachel Jacka is a current Sprout Producer Program participant, having received the Tasmanian Women in Agriculture Sprout scholarship for 2017. Rachel runs Guide Falls Farm which produces beef, pork and eggs (with an awesome chicken tractor) and as well hosts regular events throughout many months of the year, always keen to engage with the local community in the NW of Tasmania.
For winter, Guide Falls Farm are hosting a Community Tree Planting Day, on Sunday 30th July, 9am to 12pm. Help Guide Falls Farm plant 2000 native trees in the morning and enjoy wandering our native gardens and animal park in the afternoon.
Support a local producer who is caring for their environment and improving the land to be in better condition for generations to come.
Find out more by heading to the Guide Falls Farm Facebook page!
Campo de Flori - Saffron and open farm studio
Lisa and David of Campo de Flori are current Sprout Producer Program participants, having received their 2017 scholarship from TQA.
Campo de Flori farm is located high in the hills of the Huon Valley in Tasmania. They grow a variety of crops including culinary lavender, purple garlic, olives and saffron. Their first grade saffron is picked by hand, dried by them and packaged in the most exquisite jars, they are a must have for any kitchen. You can buy Campo de Flori saffron in quite a few places -
- At the Fat Pig Farm stall at Salamanca Market
- At the local Geeveston and Huon Valley Visitor centres
- The Garden Shed Pantry at their farmgate in Cygnet, or the Cygnet Market
- Directly from the Campo de Flori farmgate (check out their Facebook page for more info)
- Via their online Etsy presence
Campo de Flori also has a professional pottery studio on the farm and are once again taking part in the Australian Ceramics Open Studio event in August (19th and 20th).
The studio overlooks the vast Huon Valley below where you can also take in the views of the Campo de Flori olive orchard, saffron and lavender fields. This is where artist Lisa Britzman creates works inspired by her wilderness environment. Ceramics are made from mid-fire porcelain and white raku clay. Lisa also incorporates ceramic pieces to be used with and highlight products that they grow on the farm for that true paddock to plate experience, with everything being produced on the Campo de Flori farm. On the day, there will be ceramic art for sale, clay to play, a wheel to spin and if weather and wind permitting, raku demonstrations will happen. Cuddle up next to the woodfire oven where warm treats will be popping out of the oven to be enjoyed with some hot drinks while you take in the sites at the Campo de Flori Farm Studio. This year we will also be having the grand opening of our farm gate shop and gallery celebrating for the first time all produce that is grown at the Campo de Flori Art Farm.
Need some guidance and networking to get your farm to the next level?
Our 2018 Sprout Producer Program will open for applications in August this year!
The Sprout Producer Program is a one year accreditation for small and start-up Tasmanian producers that involves an induction day, educational units, field days and mentoring.
Past participants in the Program have reflected on the benefits, with networking, knowledge building and expert advice at the top of their list.