Agenda

Keep an eye on this page, as we develop the details of our agenda for 2018.  Here is the overview of the format for the day.

 

Format for the day

All attendees will split into two groups and will enjoy participating in each of the components of the day in a round robin format (farm tour and workshops).

 


Farm Tour

Get your gumboots on (seriously...Guy tells us they get 3 times as much rain up here) and enjoy a tour of Mount Gnomon Farm and hear about Guy's journey as a small producer here in Tassie.

Guy started 10 years ago, with 10 pigs and so will share with you some of the challenges he faced, the successes he experienced and what advice he can offer people with the benefit of experience and hindsight. 


Workshops

1. Agri-tourism

If you are thinking about engaging with the ever growing number of tourists visiting our state, and your extended local Tasmanian community, in events, accommodation or experiences, then this workshop is for you. 

 

2. State of Play - the world of small meat producers

This workshop is designed for anyone who is currently farming any animal for meat, and wants to engage in discussion about the successes, challenges, or ideas on how to effect a small producer friendly policy to practice abattoir and butcher sector in the state.

Hear from Alison Horswill, all round meat guru, Board Member of TFGA and more...Ally is very passionate about this sector of farming and is exceptionally knowledgeable when it comes to pathways to market, the challenges of the current state of play and more.  

 

3. Diversification

Now more than ever, it seems that to be viable as a small producer in Tasmania, you should look at ways to diversify in your business model. If you are thinking about adding a string to your bow, or you already have and would like to get some further advice, then this workshop is for you.

 

4. Regenerative Agriculture

Hear about ways you can positively impact climate change through your practices on farm, brainstorm ideas with others who are keen to bring about ongoing regeneration on their properties, to ensure the land and the great environment are left in a better state than when they started on their property.  

 

How will it work?

Upon registration you will nominate your top two workshop topics and we will endeavour to place you in your first choice.  These will be small workshop groups, you will be able to really make these sessions relevant to you and take home some fantastic skills.

We will email you with confirmation of which workshop you have been allocated to, so you can plan ahead with your notes and questions.


Panel Discussions

As a full cohort, all attendees will take part in a facilitated discussion along with a panel of Tasmanian farmers, covering a variety of business models and size from the North and NW of Tasmania. The discussion will focus on their thoughts around how to find the right fit for your farming business.

We will announce the panel members as soon as can.

Hear from each panel member about their journey on farm, in the process of finding what works for their land, themselves as individuals and also for their location.  Hear what they have learnt along the way and why each of them chose their paths.  Diversification, organic conversion, agri-tourism and more.  Do your research, stalk each panel member and what they do and be sure to bring your questions along on the day.

See more about our speakers here.


Networking drinks & nibbles

The day will wrap up with a celebration of all small producers, where we enjoy awesome local produce grazing plates, Tasmanian cider and beer over some fire pits and hay bales. It's a great opportunity to talk shop, or not, with other attendees and perhaps catch up with some friends off farm, which we know none of us do often enough!


 

Time

Description

8.30am - 9.00am

Registration period

9.00am

Official welcome & SPP 2019 scholarship announcements

9.20am

ROUND ONE (farm tour or workshop)

10.30am

Morning Tea

11.00am

KEY NOTE SPEAKER

11.50am

Lunch

1.00pm

ROUND TWO (farm tour or workshop)

2.15pm PANEL DISCUSSION

3.30pm

Wrap up & Small Producer of the Year award

3.40pm

NETWORKING DRINKS

5.00pm

Day concludes