Welcome to the second issue of “VegNET Gippsland”, a monthly newsletter sent to your email Inbox for the life of the project by Industry Development Officer, Shayne Hyman. Your feedback will keep it relevant!  shayne.hyman@eastgippslandfoodcluster.com.au

Gippsland’s vegetable capacity building project is funded by Hort Innovation using vegetable levies and funds from the Australian Government. The project is delivered by the East Gippsland Food Cluster.  The Cluster’s value are:  Collaboration, Innovation, Excellence, Sustainability, & a Fair Go. This project is all about increasing productivity and profitability for vegetable growers through the adoption of R&D, and, better communication all round.

Spring is here !!

Ground prep, bed forming, planting, worrying about water security, biosecurity plans, confirming contracts, inducting new workers, trialling new equipment, safe work practices – it’s all happening on farm in Gippsland, in readiness for what we all hope will be a fabulous harvest season from November until April 2018.

Are you doing your bit?  As Darren Keating (PMA ANZ) suggested – eat one more serve of vegies per day at a value of $1 per week for the 20 mil Aussies who eat vegetables, adds more than $1 bil to the industry per year.

Not to be missed ….

Bringing New Product Ideas to Life – a full-day workshop

Let Monash University Food Innovation Centre professionals help you to diversify and win new markets. At “Thyme on York”, Princes Hwy, Sale, Tuesday 19 Sept 10:30am – 4:00pm including morning tea & lunch. Limited to 15 businesses only.

Just released ~ East Gippsland Vegetable Innovation Days 2017 ~ the video

Save the dates …

Thursday 21 September – On farm CSIRO Extruder Demonstration (venue – tbc)

Saturday 18 November – 132nd Omeo Show at OMEO

Thursday 23 November – Women In Horticulture:  Water, Waste & Wellness at DEDJTR Ellinbank

Expressions of interest …

Protected Cropping Two-Day Bus Tour:  From Gippsland to Western Melbourne

ChemCert Training for Babyleaf:  Delivered by Melbourne Polytechnic for VegPRO

Interested in future demand of irrigation water in the Latrobe River, Toongabbie, Avon River and Dutson areas in central Gippsland?

AORA Compost In Action, a free event on Thursday 21 September 9am-12:30pm leaving by bus from Traralgon to visit the SORF, Gibsons Groundspread & Farm Tour.  Contact Jono Craven on (M)0427 215 536

Interested in the launch of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths)sisters program for girls in Year 10 across Gippsland?

The Gippsland region vegetable capacity building project (VegNET) is proudly being delivered by the East Gippsland Food Cluster and funded by Hort Innovation using industry levies and funds from the Australian Government. For more information go to  www.horticulture.com.au