Hon­our for or­gan­ics vet­eran

Tasmanian Country - - OPINION -

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.

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