Juicy bits of in­for­ma­tion

Cen­tral and North Bur­nett pro­duc­ers get food for thought

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

CEN­TRAL and North Bur­nett food pro­duc­ers were en­cour­aged to com­bine their know-how and re­sources in or­der to pros­per.

The Fu­ture of Food in the Bur­nett con­fer­ence at Gayn­dah last Satur­day pro­vided a panel of re­gional food­ies to talk with lo­cal pro­duc­ers and pro­vide feed­back for more than 30 peo­ple.

“Agri­cul­tural and ru­ral ar­eas like the Bur­nett have been the for­got­ten peo­ple,” pan­elist Brian Jarvis said.

The in­for­ma­tion ses­sion looked at al­ter­na­tives for the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try such as the cre­ation of a lo­cal food net­work, and share farm­ing on small acreages.

A main talk­ing point was the need to co-op­er­ate and share knowl­edge and re­sources, which could sig­nif­i­cantly boost the lo­cal in­dus­try.

Food pro­duc­ers asked the panel how to ac­cess plant­ing guides, soil health in­for­ma­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion de­tails for the Cen­tral and North Bur­nett.

Tameka Gogerly, from Grow­ing the Bur­nett, said this in­for­ma­tion would soon be ac­ces­si­ble via a “vir­tual hub through the web­site we cur­rently have un­der de­vel­op­ment”.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, not only be­tween lo­cal farm­ers, but with lo­cal con­sumers, was high­lighted as an area to im­prove on.

“A real chal­lenge to any lo­cal food group is hav­ing con­sumers un­der­stand what the cost of pro­duc­tion is,” pan­elist Anne Michael said.

“It is im­por­tant to know the ben­e­fi­cial qual­i­ties of your prod­uct.”

Know­ing your prod­uct and shar­ing this in­for­ma­tion with other grow­ers can help build a re­gional brand that can be mar­keted to con­sumers.

Food pro­duc­ers in­ter­ested in find­ing out fur­ther op­tions avail­able to them should contact grow­ingth­e­bur­nett@gmail.com.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

FOOD­IES FORUM: (From left) Anne Michael, Alex­ina John­son, Brian Jarvis, Ed­wina Ran­dall, Deb Davis, An­drew Dent, Ray Palmer and Robert Mar­shall.

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