It’s Summer in Australia & Summer is all about salads. Gippsland is famous for growing salad vegetables from snow peas in Korumburra & Wairewa, thru baby spinach and lettuce in Lindenow, to capsicums and aubergine around Warragul. Have you tried the samphire from Corringle Beach? Support vegetable growers by making healthy choices like salads. Stay in touch: 

Vegetable Industry Training

At last … training designed specifically for the vegetable industry! VegPRO, our national training initiative, has developed a training plan based on what growers have been asking for.  The VegNET Gippsland project has been working with VegPRO on a training schedule for Gippsland. Time to save some dates:

Thursday 22 March – Hort Code of Conduct Workshop.  Ensure you’re prepared, especially small to medium-sized growers, as penalties for non-compliance will be applied by ACCC.

Thursday 12 April – Irrigation Skills Training. Refresh your tools and knowledge to reduce cost & improve quality. Check out the apps! 

Monday 16 & Tuesday 17 April – Mental Health First Aid.  Vital training for a productive workforce, over two days, to become a certified Mental Health First Aider.

Times & venues to be advised. 

Coming up … training in Negotiating & Influencing; Postharvest Management of Vegetables; Babyleaf Pests & Disease; Process Mapping; Chemical Handling; VegInnovation, and more.  Further details coming soon.

AUSVEG VIC Website Redevelopment

Both Victorian VegNET projects are working closely with AUSVEG VIC to maximise the rich content of the AUSVEG VIC website, refresh the look, and keep growers and the industry in Victoria up-to-date.  Watch out for the ‘relaunch’ in the next few months!

Gippsland Women In Horticulture

November 23, 2017 saw 45 women ‘advance’ our understanding of the role of water, waste and wellness in vegetable production.  The Ellinbank Centre outside Warragul was a perfect setting for learning & networking.  (L-R) Dr Nicola Watts, CEO (East Gippsland Food Cluster), Dr Nicole Griffin, GM Assets & Commercial Business (Gippsland Water), and generous sponsor, Heather Noonan, Regional Manager, Regional & Agribusiness Banking (Commonwealth Bank) hold a ZOOM Salad Lettuce Bowl, one of 30 growing gifts donated by Boomaroo Nurseries.

The second “Gippsland Women in Horticulture Advance” will be held on Thursday 23 August 2018.  Contact IDO Shayne 0417 330 081 to get involved.

Opportunities for you & your business are just a CLICK away!

  • EnviroVeg Pilot Program applications close 10 February  CLICK
  • FREE Chemical Handling Workshops in Tasmania during Feb  CLICK
  • Food Innovation Australia Ltd (FIAL) Industry Survey  CLICK
  • Women on Farms Gathering 2018 at Rosebud  CLICK
  • Gippsland Regional Agrifood Employment Programme  CLICK
  • For your copy of ACCC’s Small Business in Focus Report  CLICK
  • Join the East Gippsland Food Cluster today  CLICK
  • Where will your vegetable levy be spent 2017-2012 (in brief)  CLICK

The Gippsland region vegetable capacity building project (VegNET Gippsland) is proudly delivered by the East Gippsland Food Cluster.  For more information

The project is funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable levy and funds from the Australian Government. See more at

This project is all about increasing productivity and profitability for vegetable growers through the adoption of R&D, and, better communication all round.  Offer your feedback …