FROM HUMBLE SOIL AND GRASS TO QUALITY FOOD AND FIBRE!
The Otway region in south west Victoria is gearing up again to put on a showcase of everything locally grown and sown.
The link between small scale food and fibre production is becoming clearer, where producers pursue good environmental outcomes as part of their growing practices. We all know that good ingredients make a good cake – the same applies for food and fibre. Good inputs will result in good clothing and sustenance!
Mid-Autumn in Otway means people can enjoy a selection of the some of the best Otway grown produce including olives, cheeses, native bush foods, fruits and vegetables, honey, meat, smallgoods, wines and other brewed delights alongside the bounty of the fibre growing season. Fresh wool and alpaca available. Where? At the Otway Food and Fibre Showcase at Colac’s showgrounds on Sunday April 28.
Growers and event organisers want to share their passion for turning humble soil and grass into quality food and fibre, bringing together passionate producers, expert guest speakers and the public in one place at one time.
Event organiser Andy Gray said their event would shine a spotlight on the skilled, passionate and diverse growers who surround us.
He said people coming along to the event would meet and discover the stories behind the many characters that produce the abundance of food and fibre right here on our doorstep.
“Today, people care about where their food and fibre comes from, and are driving demand for accessible locally grown options that contribute to their health and wellbeing, benefit community, the local economy and our environment.”
“This has led to new relationships between producers, farmers and the public as they source quality produce grown close to home,” he said.
This year, not only will people be able taste and purchase local produce, as well as talk to and learn from local growers and makers. There will be leaders at the forefront of landscape literacy, soil biology, reinvigorating local food systems, Agro-forestry, forging pathways for young farmers, fostering farming start-ups, holistic land management and cooks sharing their stories and experiences.
They can develop their growing and making talents by taking part in demonstrations and workshops around the theme of small holding skills like building soil and compost, bee keeping, poultry management, regenerative farming, the lifecycle of wool, native bush foods, shearing and creative kids food and fibre activities.
If you’re a small scale producer or artisan and would like to get involved, please contact Andy Gray on 5232 9140 or email@example.com
For all event updates and the program guide please go to our Facebook page