The exceptional medicinal properties and health benefits of thousands of plant species unique to Australia – known to the continent’s indigenous peoples for millennia – have been ‘discovered’ by the outside world in recent years, with market demand for Australian native foods and botanicals now well outstripping supply.
In response to this exciting trend, Australian Native Foods & Botanicals and Hort Innovation are running a series of ‘Growing the Growers’ workshops across the nation, introducing growers and potential growers to Australia’s nascent native foods and botanical plants industry and exploring key issues in the commercial production of beneficial native species.
The forum program
At this information-packed event, keynote speakers will showcase recent developments in the nation’s native foods and botanicals industry and look at the potential of this burgeoning sector. Attendees can expect to get:
- valuable consumer feedback on taste, texture and how likely people are to buy little grown and marketed native food varieties
- the latest industry information on business models, value-chain collaboration, quality assurance and logistical optimisation elements;
- the most recent news on potential emerging overseas markets;
- useful connections to the grower value chain;
- opportunities to network and foster beneficial relationship with the region’s native-foods growers; and
- cultural knowledge that fosters a greater appreciation of the uniqueness and value of the various beneficial native species grown.
About the organisers
Australian Native Foods and Botanicals (ANFAB) receives financial and other support from the Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program (aka Farming Together), which is backed by a grant to Southern Cross University from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Project partner Hort Innovation’s contribution comes from vegetable-grower levies and Australian Government funds.
Registration and further information
Though the workshop is free, pre-registration is essential. Be quick: you’ll need to RSVP by November 15. RSVP online at the official registration page.
For more details on the forum, contact Marianne Stewart at ANFAB on 0407 332 889 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Hort Innovation’s Sarah Robins on 0437 214 849 or email@example.com.