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RESOURCES

MEMBER’S RESOURCES

SUMMER SCHOOL

An annual training program held in February over two days (Tuesday and Wednesday), offering information on current best practices in developing a farm business.

The focus covers four major streams with a Harvest dinner and discussion on Tuesday  evening.

Subjects are based on these topics:

Stream 1 – Property Management

Managing financial risk
Using whole-farm planning tools
Environmental management – minimising adverse environmental impacts
Personal management – looking after yourself (the most important asset of a farm business)

Stream 2 – Market Gardening

Case studies – what makes a small farm viable?
Production planning for year-round cropping
Produce handling – harvesting, post-harvest handling, packaging
Prolonging the harvest – what’s involved in value-adding?

Stream 3 – Animal Enterprises

Fencing – innovations and best practice for various types of livestock
Best practice pasture management for beef production
Pastured poultry and pigs
Managing local parasites and diseases of livestock

Stream 4 – Horticulture Enterprises

Plant and soil nutrition
Cover-crop management throughout the year
Irrigation – best practices and innovations
Integrated Pest Management
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MARKET GARDENING COURSES

Information coming soon…

FARM WALKS

Educational farm walks are held on the last Sunday of every month. Farms visited offer advice on their method of farming practise, environmental rehabilitation, soil regeneration, composting and tool techniques. You can discover a fantastic resource in our blog where we post about past and upcoming farm visits.
They are a fantastic resource and networking opportunity for both farmers and consumers. You can find out whats coming up by checking the Events section or our Facebook page.
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MARY VALLEY COUNTRY HARVEST FOOD HUB

Food-Hub-model

Get Local. With Mary Valley Country Flavours.

If you aren’t already using local food, now is the time to ‘Get Local’ with
Mary Valley 
food outlets and producers participating in the Mary Valley Country Flavours project.

MARY VALLEY COUNTRY (MVC) FLAVOURS

Mary Valley Country (MVC)  Flavours is designed to support small tourism businesses and promote the use of local food by enhancing the visitor experience.

When registered with the ‘Flavours’ program, whether you are a grower or food provider, you can utilise the logo and benefit from the promotion it will provide.

Get local is the message, as there is strength in working together to create a regional identity for food grown or made in the Mary Valley.

Regional Australia report on agritourism in 2010 found that Australia’s urbanised populations have an increasing desire to connect to ‘the farm’, such as knowing where and how their food is made.

Through agritourism and food tourism experiences, consumers increase their knowledge of primary production and farming techniques. They can appreciate the aesthetic experiences—what they see, taste, hear, smell, and feel—and the learning opportunity. This kind of tourism increases their connection with growers and rural landscapes.

Agritourism and food tourism enterprises can allow farmers to increase their farm-related income with the general aim to help farmers stay on the farm. This project was initiated by peak community organisation Mary Valley Inc. Mary Valley Country Harvest Co-operative now administers the program.

LOGO-get-local

LOCAL FOOD INITIATIVES

Mary Valley Tourism
www.maryvalleycountry.com.au

MaryValley Inc.
www.themaryvalley.com.au

Gympie Gold Regional Produce
www.gympieregionalproduce.com.au

Mary Valley Country Flavours
www.maryvalleycountry.com.au/hot-deals/mary-valley-country-flavours

Gympie Gold Regional Produce Food Trail Map (via Lagoon Pocket B&B)
http://lagoonpocket.com/gympie-food-trail-map

Buy Mary Valley produce at
our e-Market.

Every Friday from 9am.

VISIT E-MARKET

Get Local. Support your Mary Valley farmers and producers.