Leading vegetable-industry body AUSVEG is encouraging growers across Australia to apply for its new EnviroVeg Pilot Program. The program, part of the ongoing EnviroVeg initiative, is designed to guide participants towards more sustainable vegetable-growing operations, leading to industry-recognised environmental certification.
A five-year environmental best-practice management program for vegetable-production businesses, EnviroVeg provides growers nationwide with resources on sustainable growing methods and represents Australian growers as “responsible stewards of land, water and biodiversity”, says AUSVEG, which is delivering the program in partnership with Growcom and Freshcare.
The new Pilot Program is a funded pathway through EnviroVeg to Freshcare Environmental certification. Its aim is to help growers get the “best-practice benefits of environmentally responsible, sustainable vegetable production”.
Participants in the program will get free training and expert mentorship as well as access to cutting-edge R&D, technical support and a raft of downloadable online tools, assistance in prepping for the pre-certification audit, expert support in gaining Freshcare certification and ongoing industry support post-program.
For a more detailed look at the EnviroVeg Pilot Program, and how participating in the program – and getting involved in the broader EnviroVeg initiative – can benefit vegetable-growing businesses, listen to Soil Wealth/Growcom webinar ‘Getting soil and nutrition management right with the EnviroVeg program’, in which AUSVEG’s Andy Shaw and grower David Anderson, from Supafresh, talk about the new pilot program and the EnviroVeg initiative.
Download the accompanying presentation here.
Apply now for the EnviroVeg Pilot Program
AUSVEG urges interested vegie-growers to apply now for the EnviroVeg Pilot Program, as places are limited and the application window will close soon.
For queries about EnviroVeg and/or the new Pilot Program, technical resources and/or how to get involved in the pilot, contact AUSVEG’s Andy Shaw via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone him on 03 9882 0277 or 0448 963 548.