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Central and North Burnett producers get food for thought
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOODIES FORUM: (From left) Anne Michael, Alexina Johnson, Brian Jarvis, Edwina Randall, Deb Davis, Andrew Dent, Ray Palmer and Robert Marshall.