VegNET Gippsland e-news issue 5 – May 2019

MAY  2019


Jeremy Haw – Grower of the Year – Well done !!!

AUSVEG VIC awarded Jeremy, who grows a range of babyleaf vegetables, it’s most coveted crown at the recent Awards for Excellence Dinner in Melbourne.  Hussey & Co, Jeremy’s business, started in 1975 in Pearcedale and has expanded to include farms at Newry (Gippsland) and Gatton QLD.  Jeremy & his team are well known for their exporting success.  To contact Jeremy CLICK HERE

Also recognised was Carmel Ingram, from Bonaccord Ingram at Walpa, who won the Women In Horticulture award.  Check out Carmel’s business HERE

And Michael Evans, Mulgowie Farming Company at Boisdale took out the Environment & Sustainability award.  Learn more HERE

Congratulations to our fabulous Gippsland growers & to all the winners of the 2019 AUSVEG VIC Awards for Excellence.

Speaking of Awards ….

Food & Fibre Gippsland‘s inaugural Excellence in Agribusiness Awards are a very practical way for you to SHOUT OUT for an agribusiness close to your heart.  Do you know a young leader, an export guru, a great food manufacturer, or an innovator worthy of recognition?  Then CLICK HERE and put their name forward.

Entries close on 14 June 2019 and the Awards Night is 16 August.

If you’re a bit unsure, give Kate Gunn a call on 0431 591 500 or




Interested in PrecisionAg?

I’m looking for two or three folks from Gippsland levy-paying businesses to join me on this tour for a week in September.  Please consider investing in developing someone who’s an asset to your business and you’d like to retain.  The costs are all met by the project.  Call Shayne to discuss on 0417 330 081 or contact Celia on 0459 862 266 or email

Expressions Of Interest close on 28 June 2019.

Lunch with Simon Madden


Simon is in Inverloch for lunch on 30 May, Warragul for dinner (29 May) & Traralgon for breakfast on 30 May.  Interested in sharing his wisdom?  Book before 23 May HERE



Diversity & Inclusion – How can a vegetable grower benefit ??

Fiona Krautil, a well-known Diversity & Inclusion specialist is conducting a workshop on 26 June, 1:30-2:30pm at the Hort Connections conference in Melbourne.  There is a huge range of options for attending.  To explore CLICK HERE





Suicide is Preventable

Sometimes things seem out of control, traumatic, or just too wearying.  Our ability to cope seems brittle.  We hide our feelings but there are signs & recognising them could save a farmer’s life.  CLICK HERE to learn more.



REMEMBER …. If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, there are many people and services waiting to help:

Lifeline 24 hour crisis support -13 11 14

Hold On To Life @ the Australian Suicide Prevention Foundation (24/7) – 1800 HOLDON (1800 465 366)

Suicide Callback – 1300 659 467 (available 24/7)

Not up for a chat?  Go online to




The Innovation Days will be held in Gippsland during the first week of May 2020.  One year out you could block out the whole week in your electronic diary or on your phone calendar because you won’t want to miss:

* Unique demonstration sites !

* The Industry Networking Dinner !!

* More veggies than ever !!!

* International Spinach Forum !!!!

* Fun, Food & Celebration !!!!!







Closing with AvaGrow Farms’ Snow Peas …















Remember last month’s winning pumpkin?  Well it weighed 155kg NOT 115, as reported.  Thanks Gab at Sailor’s Grave for spotting the mistake!