Shared lessons to sprout ideas
STARTING from scratch on a farm can be a steep learning curve and one organic farmer will be sharing the lessons he learned at Sprout Tasmania’s conference next month.
Matthew Tack and his wife Coreen Ung arrived in Tasmania in 2012 to set up certified organic Our Mates’ Farm at Geeveston in the South.
Mr Tack will be a panel member at Sprout’s Cross Pollinate conference held at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed at Grove on November 6.
Mr Tack worked in finance in London before he set up the mixed farm.
“So many people helped us, encouraged us and taught us. What I have learned about livestock in the past four years is incredible, before I started this journey I knew nothing,” Mr Tack said.
“At the conference I will give an insight about the hard lessons we’ve learned and our experience of becoming certified organic.”
Mr Tack joins Frances Bender, a co-founder of Huon Aquaculture, co-founder of Fat Pig Farm Sadie Chrestman and Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese Co on the panel.
Author, entrepreneur educator and digital strategist Polly McGee will be panel facilitator. She has managed innovation grants programs and worked with hundreds of startups to refine business ideas and source funding.
Workshops will cover soil health, packaging and labelling, business planning and organic conversion.
Sprout Tasmania is a notfor profit-organisation supporting local food producers.
Applications are open for six Sprout producer scholarships for a year-long practical and education program.
For more details go to www. sprout.org.au or email info@ sprout.org.au. Applications close on October 22.
For more about the Cross Pollinate conference visit www.crosspollinate.org.au. Ticket sales close October 23.