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The South Australian Grower -- June 2010
By RICHARD MULCAHY
AUSVEG Chief Executive
FOLLOWING a successful
2009 tour to New Zealand,
young Australian vegetable
growers are again being offered
an excellent opportunity to tour
the country's North Island and
view horticultural facilities, and
on-farm practices, between July
28 and August 5 this year.
The tour will take nine future
leaders of the Australian
vegetable industry to horticulture
regions throughout the North
Island, where they'll learn about
the production, marketing and
supply chain systems of New
This year will see the young
growers exposed to on-farm
business practices through
extensive farm and field visits,
while opportunities to connect
and network with multiple sectors
of the fresh produce industry at
the Horticulture New Zealand
Conference will offer off-farm
business practice exposure.
Participants will also benefit
from the expertise of a tour
guide with a professional
background in horticulture, who
will guide them through a
multitude of site visits including
crops in Pukekohe, factories in
Gisborne, markets in Napier,
research organisations in
Palmerston North, and
wholesalers in Manawatu.
A successful visit on last year's
tour to Leaderbrand, the largest
grower, packer and shipper of
buttercup squash in the world,
will be repeated as part of the
Further visits on the tour include
Woodhaven Gardens at Levin
which produces 17 different kinds
of vegetables, including spinach,
lettuce, radish and spring onions,
and a tour of an exotic vegetable
farm near Fielding where earth
gems and yams are grown.
The tour will conclude with
attendance at the HortNZ
Conference, which is New
Zealand's commercial fruit and
vegetable industry showcase
event of the year, and is
expected to attract more than
500 growers and members of
the wider horticultural field.
Last year's Australian tour
participants learned about the
practices of a country renowned
for its produce, and also had a
rare chance to meet Prime
Minister John Keys.
Tour participants' costs will be
significantly subsidised by the
National Vegetable Levy together
with matching funds provided by
the Australian Government, so
growers are asked to contribute
only $1100 each towards the
cost of the tour. All
accommodation and most meals
will be included, along with
economy airfares and land
travel, and registration for the
The tour is open to young
Vegetable Levy payers between
the ages of 18 and 35 and
AUSVEG is encouraging anyone
fitting these criteria to apply as
soon as possible as only nine
places are available.
Details: Application forms are
available by contacting AUSVEG
on 03 9822 0388 or by visiting
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be a feature of
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SA compost leaders win major
national industry award event
THREE of South Australia's leading compost
processors have been recognised with awards
by Compost Australia and the Waste
Management Association of Australia at the
landmark International Composting Awareness
Week event in Sydney.
The 2010 Compost Ball and Leadership Awards
at Doltone House on Darling Island Wharf
showcased the industry's finest, acknowledging
national market and industry development.
Award recipient and Jeffries Group managing
director Lachlan Jeffries said it was great "to
have our initiative" recognised.
"It is rare in business for competitors to work
so closely together, but we all saw the need to
take our industry to the next level," he said.
The Jeffries Group was a joint winner of the
Compost Leadership Award with Peats Soil and
Garden Supplies and Van Schaik's Biogro.
They were honoured for starting the Compost
for Soils program in SA.
Along with the three compost processors, Zero
Waste SA has been a key partner, providing
additional funding for the program.
The company promotes waste management
practices that eliminate waste or its consignment
to landfill, and provides grants for a range of waste
management projects including infrastructure,
technology, systems and resource efficiency.
Zero Waste SA also helps industry to develop
markets for recovered resources and recycled
Although fiercely competitive at point-of-sale,
Jeffries, Peats Soil and Garden Supplies and
Van Schaik's Biogro have recognised the value
of working together to offer their clients
consistent, quality information.
The Compost for Soils program is designed to
provide free, independent information and
advice about the benefits and use of recycled
Market and industry development officers are
available to talk to growers and point them in
the right direction.
Growers can get advice on choosing compost,
understanding a compost analysis, what
compost to use, application rates, references to
spreading contractors, adjusting farm inputs
and addressing specific problems.
The advice is not prescriptive, nor designed to
solve all of a farmer's problems.
The role of the program is really to empower
growers so they know what questions to ask
and become confident compost users.
Information sheets on a range of topics - more
than 30 at this stage - are available for growers
to access at any time on the Compost for Soils
website at www.compostforsoils.com.au
Research reports are translated into everyday
language for growers to make the often
complicated research results easy to digest and
apply to their individual circumstances.
Several of the compost and vegetable growing
fact sheets are available in Vietnamese.
Initially the program focused on commercial
horticulture and agriculture in South Australia,
but it has been so successful the program has
been adopted nationally.
"Compost for Soils has played a major role in
demonstrating how professional our industry has
become and adopting this program nationally is
another step forward," Mr Jeffries said.
The program involves using recycled organics
on sporting fields, roadside landscaping,
degraded land, community parklands, council
parks and gardens and in commercial
horticulture and agricultural applications.
Compost Leadership award recipients Kaylee Maitland, accepting on behalf of the
Jeffries Group, Peter Wadewitz, Peats Soil and Garden Supplies, and Angela Lush,
accepting on behalf of Van Shaik's Biogro.
Compost for Soils has played a major
role in demonstrating how profes-
sional our industry has become
-- LACHLAN JEFFRIES
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