Producers & Growers Webinars

Artisan Agriculture Series

The November series has something for every producer and grower!  Whether you are interested in how regenerative farming practices can be integrated into your farming cycle, or how farmers can work together to reach customers through collaborative logistics. Our industry leading speakers will give you the confidence and insights to grow your farm business.

 

Farmers and Foodies Together: How communities are working together to build strong regional food distribution?

Hosted by Director of Open Food Network Australia, Jennifer Sheridan. The Open Food Network is a not-for-profit building the tools and resources needed to create a new food system that is fair, local, and transparent.

This webinar will introduce and discuss how collaborative models of farmers and their local communities are working together to create new food distribution models. Whether driven by farmers or foodies, there are a range of models to learn from. We will introduce the five critical success factors for regional food enterprises and introduce the potential of the Open Food Network platform to support rapid establishment of these enterprises in your region.

As COVID-19 hit, two community members in Violet Town wondered how they could quickly start working with farmers to set up a local food supply in their region. They quickly started Strathbogie Local, a volunteer run ‘click and collect’ online farmers market. The initiative supported farmers who had lost their primary source of revenue with the closure of restaurants and farmers markets and linked them to customers who wanted access to high quality local produce. It has continued as a weekly local shopping option for the Strathbogie region.

Renata Cumming, Strathbogie Local co-founder, will share the nitty gritty of getting the project started, and highlight the role that keen community members can play in working with farmers to make something happen that works for their local region.

If you have ever thought that you would like to see more local food supply but not known where to start, or how to make it happen, then this webinar is for you. You’ll leave with ideas and inspiration, an understanding of different models and some tips on how to take the first steps in strengthening your region’s food distribution.

When: Monday 9 November 2020    Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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Regenerative Farming: The new hope for farmers!

Hosted by Ross Davey, facilitator of the Central Victorian Regenerative Farmers group, a community of farmers who are sharing their experiences and learning in their journey of applying regenerative farming approaches to their properties and management. The CVRF group is sponsored and supported by the North Central Catchment Management Authority through National Landcare funding. Ross has a farm between Clunes and Maryborough and is one of 13 farms in the group conducting on-farm demonstration trials of multi species cover cropping and application of biological amendments to improve soil health, soil microbial biodiversity and improved pasture resilience.

With special guest Jade Killoran, Jade studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Latrobe University. She conducted Honours year research on Victorian cover cropping in 2013, and after graduating, was employed by Southern Farming Systems until 2016 as a research and extension officer, before moving to AGF Seeds as their cover crop lead. Last year, Jade started “Healthy Farming Systems” and became an independent cover crop consultant, employed by CMA and Landcare groups.

The webinar will introduce and discuss what Regenerative Agriculture is and what approaches are generally agreed to be ‘regenerative’ in farming on both large scale and small lifestyle and artisan agricultural properties. Covering the origins of the Central Victorian Regenerative Farmers group and the rationale for multi species cover cropping, why regenerative farmers are adopting this approach enthusiastically and what trials and demonstrations of cover cropping by farmers have shown so far.

When: Monday 16 November 2020    Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

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Co-Operatives 101: Insights and opportunities in forming Cooperatives for small farm sector

Hosted by Director of Co-operative Bonds, Antony McMullen. Antony is an expert co-operative developer committed to building local prosperity for the common good. He provides education and development services to start-up co-operative and mutual enterprises designed to facilitate informed decision-making and self-reliance.

This webinar will explore the benefits of producer owned co-operative models. From the differences between co-ops and other business structures, to the purpose and benefits of a co-operative and case studies from agricultural co-operatives.

Enabling you to make an informed decision on whether to proceed with further exploration of a co-operative model for shared activities, or not.

When: Wednesday 25 November 2020    Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm

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Collaborative logistics: How to start working with other farmers to reach customers?

Hosted by Co-founder of Open Food Network Australia, Serenity Hill. Serenity’s work with the Open Food Network focuses on sector and enterprise development – advocacy, research and project development and implementation to expand regenerative agriculture in Australia and the values-based supply networks that undergird it.

Logistics is the local food blind spot!  There are opportunities for farmers and other local food enterprises to work together to share the cost of logistics and infrastructure. Farmers can achieve more when working together on marketing and logistics, by gaining efficiencies in shared deliveries or packing, or working together to backload produce between regions. This webinar shares examples and inspiration from what to look out for, to what you need and how to get started.

Opportunities range from informal vehicle sharing right through to a cooperatively owned regional logistics service.  New opportunities are also emerging with fast moving technology changes in logistics that the local food movement could tap into.

When: Monday 30 November 2020    Time: 1:00pm – 2:30pm

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