Honour for organics veteran
ORGANIC farmer Tony Scherer has been named Tasmania’s senior Australian of the year.
Originally from California, Mr Scherer boasts a world experience and has seen organic farming grow from a niche sector to a valuable industry.
He came to Australia in 1989 and started out growing carrots in Western Australia.
Mr Scherer ended up lending his horticultural expertise to some of the Margaret River winegrowers and caught the winemaking bug.
His search for an ideal vineyard site eventually brought him to Tasmania. In the 1990s he started operations on dry, sloping land in the Coal River Valley in the state’s South.
Mr Scherer and a business partner established Frogmore Creek Wines.
He now farms on the Tasman Peninsula, growing fresh produce organically.
To help pass on his experience as a small producer Mr Scherer co-founded with researcher Alice Percy not-forprofit organisation Sprout Tasmania in 2011. The organisation aims to help small producers get their ideas into the ground and growing.