Grants support small-scale farmers and producers

Published on 05 January 2023

Carmel and Brett Springmount Fine Foods Image Chloe Smith 250x380.jpg

Hepburn Shire Council has awarded 18 Small-Scale Artisan Agriculture Grants worth more than $34,000 to farmers and producers in the Central Highlands.

Grant recipients came from a range of businesses including wineries, flower farms, organic growers and berry farms.

The grants aim to support product growth and efficiency in the artisan agriculture sector through development activities, training, marketing and equipment purchases. It is part of Council’s Artisan Agriculture Pilot Project, which is predominately funded by Agriculture Victoria.

“We have a strong and diverse group of farmers and artisan agriculture producers across the region. We’re very pleased to be able to offer this support through our grants program,” said Mayor, Cr Brian Hood.

Artisan agriculture accounts for one quarter of the value of Australia’s total production of food and fibre commodities.

“The grants program aims to help create an environment that will support the small-scale agricultural industry to innovate, evolve and thrive,” he said.

“One of our strategies in our four-year Council plan is to strengthen and protect existing agriculture to support the availability, sustainability and accessibility of local food sources.

“All farmers and producers play an important role in our Shire – from small boutique operators to large-scale producers. We have a highly productive agricultural sector which is incredibly important to our community and local economy.”

Grants ranged from $936 to $2,200.

Congratulations to the following grant recipients:

  • Penny Weight Farm
  • The Cottage Herbalist
  • Fleurs de Lyonville
  • Capell Farm
  • Passing Clouds
  • The Happy Winemaker
  • Black & Ginger
  • Two Good Acres
  • Truffle Treasures
  • Essential Alignment
  • Morningswood Farm
  • Mafic Winery
  • Springmount Fine Foods
  • Cloud Croft Farm
  • Guildford Vineyard & Cellar
  • Audrey’s Flowers
  • Tumpinyeri Growers
  • Mt Franklin Organics.

Image: Carmel and Brett from Springmount Fine Foods. Photo by Chloe Smith.