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Tour and talks highlight alternative crop options

People interested in looking at growing crops such as garlic, capers and native foods are invited to attend a farm tour of the Tolmie region on Saturday, April 16.

Up2Us Landcare Facilitator and co-organiser Kerstie Lee said the tour was an opportunity for anyone wanting to see, firsthand, different farming enterprises and farming models.

“We will visit small acreage properties in Tolmie where we’ll find out how some innovative local farmers are trialling the growing, and selling, of less traditional crops such as garlic and capers,” Ms Lee said.

After the tour the group will enjoy lunch at the Tin Shed and will hear from Australian Native Food Industry Limited Chair Amanda Garner and Australian Master TreeGrower Program Co-ordinator Rowan Reid.

“Amanda will talk about the growing demand from local and overseas restaurants for Australian native foods, while Rowan will discuss the agroforestery practices required to grow native foods,” Ms Lee said.

 “The day will be a great for farmers who are looking to diversify their income streams or for small property owners looking for enterprises that can be grown on a small scale.”

The tour and talk will run from 10am to 3pm with the group meeting at Mansfield Coffee Merchants at 9.30am.

Cost is $20 (please pay cash on the day) and includes lunch and bus hire.

Please RSVP by Thursday April 14 to ashleyr@gbcma.vic.gov.au or phone 5764 7507.

This event is proudly hosted by the Up2Us Landcare Alliance and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and the William Buckland Fast Track Ag Program.