Shared lessons to sprout ideas

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS - ROGER HAN­SON

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. or email info@ Ap­pli­ca­tions close on Oc­to­ber 22.

For more about the Cross Pol­li­nate con­fer­ence visit www.crosspol­li­ Ticket sales close Oc­to­ber 23.

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