The Dirt in Spring 2020

Stunning double rainbow seen from Beaupre Farm, Huon Valley, Tasmania

The beginning of Spring sees lighter mornings, longer days, blossoms bloom, seedlings flourish, stocks growing and a positive energy that lifts the spirits of us all as we get excited about the hard-working, busy times ahead. Welcome to Spring 2020!

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Latest News

Sprout Small Producer of the Year - Nominate now

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.

Tell us about a farmer who:

  • produces amazing food
  • contributes to and engages with their local community and the food community in Tasmania
  • collaborates with others and shares knowledge
  • strives to leave the land they are on in a better state than when it came to them

Nominate Now

Nominations close 11:59pm, Friday 16 October, 2020.

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2019 Sprout Producer of the Year Winners - their story

Leap Farm and Tongola Cheese

Our General Manager, Jen, headed out to visit Sprout’s 2019 Small Producers of the year, Kate and Iain from Leap Farm and Tongola Cheese to find out how they switched their Sydney life to grow and develop their "farm change" into a lifestyle of hard-working happiness, community focus and what wining the Sprout Producer Award has meant to them. 

“This has sort of been how we’ve always operated, we want to sell direct to our customers, we want to talk to our customers, we want them to come to our farm, to see what we do and why it’s different.  If people simply want to ring up and order a massive quantity of product…we’re not your ‘fish’, it’s not the right fit”, Iain explains.

Grab yourself a cuppa and sit back and immerse yourself in their amazing story.

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2021 Sprout Producer Program - Applications Now Open

SPP 2021 We are excited to announce that applications for the 2021 Sprout Producer Program are now open!

We are looking fro small producers, growing food to sell fresh or value-add, or farming stock of any kind, at any stage in their journey. Does this sound like you? 

Get all the details you need to know about the program and meet our past graduates before you take the leap and apply. The program is a one year program which 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. 

Ready to apply? Stop by our website and:

Apply Now

Applications close, 11:59pm, Friday, 2 October, 2020.

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2020 delicious. Harvey Norman Produce Awards - Gold Medal Winners announced

We would like to say a massive congratulations to our very own Sprout Producers who have been awarded as Gold Medal Winners for the 2020 delicious. Harvey Norman produce awards.

Arundel Farm

Congratulations to Fiona Hume of Arundel Farm for their award winning lamb. This beautiful space in the Derwent Valley has been in the Hume Family since 1823 and is now run by Fiona and her trusty stockman Mat Bone. Fi's passion for regenerative and ethical practices drives her to work hard and it is reflected in her produce. The farm is a mixed operation consisting of Cormo sheep for wool production, cross-bred ewes for prime lamb production, a small herd of black Angus cattle and Australia’s largest flock of heritage English Leicester sheep. The prime lamb was award a Gold Medal - Well done!

 

Felds Farm

Congratulations to Lauren and Michael of Felds Farm for their award winning seasonal vegetables. These two are keen foodies, both bringing their chefs background into their passion about delivering fresh, delicious, local produce to the community. Their hard work and dedication has grown their small market garden into a thriving and quality producing patch that delivers to the community at local markets and via their online vegetable boxes which include an array of quality produce. Well done to these two for their on going drive, passion and commitment. Their season vegetables were award Gold at the 2020 delicious. Harvey Norman awards. 

Well done to both farms and their passionate people for all the hard-work, dedication and amazing produce!

A very big congratulations to these fellow Tasmanian producers also winning Gold!

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Huski Greens are back at the market and busy on farm

Huski Greens Mac & Oli continue to keep on growing and their caterpillar tunnels and the recent wild weather has kept them on their toes! The recent winds and the very unusual snow fall has seen the tunnel need a bit of extra care and attention with some midnight dashes out to check on their "baby" and save the poly plastic from blowing away. Thankfully, storms passed, wind eased and the tunnels survived! With COVID restrictions easing a little, Mac and Oli are also pleased to have Huski Greens back at the Farm Gate Market on Sunday's and have launched a Tiny Trio Box - three micrgreens of your choice in a cute little take home bundle that will last for weeks.

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Campo de Flori farm gate open and events to come

Lisa

Lisa at Campi de Flori has celebrated a milestone birthday recently, has been working away in her creative space and is very happy to be welcoming visitors back to visit their property with the farm gate now open on Saturday and Sunday! Visitors can stop by and admire the gorgeous property, amazing views, see Lisa in her creative space and stock up on the beautiful lavender, olive and saffron produce. Lisa will also be scheduling workshops for October onwards so keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest details.

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Events

Cross Pollinate 2020 is confirmed - November 2020

Spring Bay Mill 

  Lock in the 15 & 16 November 2020 for our annual Cross Pollinate Conference. 

Through all the ups and downs that 2020 has already thrown us we are excited to invite you to join us to reflect and share your stories, and look forward and plan and rise stronger in our "new normal" that we are learning to adapt to and grow in. 

Spring Bay Mill

We are excited to partner with Spring Bay Mill at their stunning waterfront property in Triabunna where the team have taken the previous wood-chip mill and restored it's rusting buildings to beautiful and inspiring spaces, they've nurtured the landscapes to grow wholesome, sustainable foods for the site and the community, all with the focus of changing the space to a sustainable, respectful location for everyone, now and into the future. 

Spring Bay MillWe are currently securing guest speakers, workshops and planning out the program for the event and will let you know all the details, information about accommodation packages and when tickets will be available in the coming weeks! 

We can't wait to see you there. 

 

Want to be the first to know about ticket sales and member offers? Why not join the Sprout Family by signing up as a member? Just $60 for access to all our member news, be the first to get notice of events and member pricing to tickets, access to our Family Facebook page for connections and mentoring, support from our Sprout Team for your farming questions, access to our educational units at member prices and knowing you are helping our local Tassie producers to continue to be supported and keep on "growing good". Join us Now! 

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Our Community

The Tasmanian Produce Collective is calling for producers to join them

Tas Produce CoThe Tasmanian Produce Collective is a collaboration between small, family farmers and makers in Tasmania - run by producers who are passionate about good, local food!

The collective provides a platform for producers to provide their fresh seasonal produce to consumers who are looking to buy local and support local. 

They are calling for more producers to join them statewide to provide produce to local community areas or across the state if it is sustainable and economical.

Interested in finding out more? Check out their Facebook Page or get in touch via their contact form, or download their Producer Handbook for more information.

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TFGA Biosecurity Webpage has a new offering of free resources to protect your farm

TFGA

The TFGA Biosecurity webpage has a range of free resources to help you protect your farm from pests, weeds and diseases. Resources include industry specific on-farm biosecurity planners, a major weeds of Tasmania booklet, on-farm biosecurity signs and farm biosecurity information and resources specific for each industry.

Visit the TFGA biosecurity webpage here: https://tfga.com.au/environment/bio-security

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Women & Leadership Australia - scholarship offerings

A pool of scholarships are currently available for women in the horticulture sector to participate in a range of leadership courses. Check out the website for details and how to apply.

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Advancing Organic Agribusiness Grants Program

Eligible Tasmanian agribusinesses are encouraged to apply for grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 for activities that enhances their transition to organic production. This Program is being administered by the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association​ and is supported by the Tasmanian Government.

The first round of the Program is now open and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 September 2020. For all the details visit the Grant Information page.

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Harvest Job Search Register

For those who either need workers for harvest times, or those interested in being a harvest worker across the state - here is an Australian Government service provided to connect workers with jobs that are available:

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