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Free workshop on building your small-scale farm business

Small-scale landholders interested in exploring opportunities to develop profitable sustainable food networks are invited to a free workshop on August 13 in Seymour featuring guest speaker Anthony Flaccavento, an organic farmer and founder of Virginia-based Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies (SCALE).

“We know there are a lot of part-time and small-scale farmers in the catchment who recognise there is a demand for locally grown ‘clean green’ produce,” Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority (CMA) Project Officer Karen Brisbane-Bullock said.

“Many of these producers may attend farmers markets or run an online enterprise but are seeking advice on how to take their venture to the next level and build networks, product demand and value.

“This workshop with Anthony is the perfect opportunity to gain practical advice on how to do this from an internationally recognised expert in the field.”

Topics covered at the workshop will include:
• Marketing and branding
• Building relationships
• Overall potential for local foods
• Challenges that could be met on the way

The second half of the workshop will involve identifying local opportunities and possible activities for follow-up through community networks.

This free event will be held on Saturday August 13 at Seymour Racing Club’s Landy Room from 11am to 3pm. Lunch is  provided.

To register your interest in the workshop please contact Chris Burnett by August 5 on 5879 7400 or chrisb@gbcma.vic.gov.au

For more information about the workshop, contact Karen Brisbane-Bullock on 03 5822 7734 or karenb@gbcma.vic.gov.au

The event is part of the Goulburn Broken CMA’s Beyond SoilCare Program and is funded though the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.