VegNET Gippsland e-news issue 11 – November 2018

VegNET Gippsland, delivered by the East Gippsland Food Cluster, designs communications to build capacity in vegetable businesses. This is the monthly eNews for growers, services providers & friends.



November 2018 Issue

‘VegNET’ is shorthand for the National Vegetable Extension Network. This network is a program funded by Hort Innovation comprising ten regional projects. The program is to build capacity in vegetable businesses by applying the findings of R&D to improve productivity and profitability. The ‘VegNET Gippsland’ project is being delivered by the East Gippsland Food Cluster.  It started in July 2016 and ends in April 2019. The person responsible for the project, day-to-day, is Industry Development Officer, Shayne Hyman. Shayne can be contacted on 0417 330 081 or

Planning to celebrate National Ag Day?


Every year, Australian agriculture is making the World a little better. On Wednesday 21 November, the second national day recognises our farmers who #GrowForGood

“Food, Fibre & Forestry Facts: A summary of Australia’s agriculture sector” is full of information.

Plant Your GIANT Pumpkins Now

Sailors Grave Brewing have set Gippsland vegetable growers a CHALLENGE reminiscent of pumpkin growing in the past – it’s gotta be a giant!! But you have to start growing now to be in the race.  So if growing floats your boat, then what are you waiting for …..

The 133rd Omeo Show

Industry Development Officer, Shayne Hyman, traversed ‘the gap’ to bring vegetable R&D to local growers, co-judge the Farm Produce exhibits, and share samples of what some of our ‘lowlands’ growers are producing.  BIG thanks to Rosengal – the baby broccoli was a hit.  Dicky Bill’s bag and tub salads caused some excitement.  And Mitchell Valley Growers – your Iceberg and Cos could not have been any fresher! Thank you ….

By the way, farming families can enter the Yarram Show on 24 Nov for FREE, just show your NLIS or PIC tag at the gate.

Israel Irrigation Tour 2019

Growers & stakeholders interested in a potential tour in March/April 2019 are invited to contact Shayne Hyman to join the mail list & feasibility group for this unique event  CLICK HERE

Clusters Create Success

Join today by clicking the button below.  The Annual General Meeting is on Wednesday 12 Dec at Lightfoot & Sons Cellar Door, Calulu.

But wait …. THERE’S MORE !!

  • NEW Irrigator Reference group positions for MID, Avon, Thomson, Latrobe & Macalister Rivers close on Monday 26 November CLICK
  • Export Market Development Grants close on 30 November  CLICK
  • Trans-Tasman Alliance on Plant Biosecurity  CLICK
  • ReActivate Latrobe Valley FINAL Soil Session on 1 December  CLICK
  • AgTech Melbourne with StartUp on Rapid Phenotyping 4 Dec CLICK
  • Young Farmer Business Bootcamp in Sale on 7 & 17 December  CLICK
  • GRAEP has a Facebook page for Agrifood Employment  CLICK
  • HortConnections 2019 – Save the dates – 24-26 June in Melbourne CLICK

FREE Entry For pre-registration

Finishing with vegetables that assist in calming acid reflux ….