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Connecting with our Farmers & Our Food; How to run a successful farm gate

Increasingly millennials and savvy consumers are speaking with their feet and wanting to know where their food comes from, and how it is grown and raised. They want to hear the story and the provenance! For primary producers, this provides an opportunity to hop on the band wagon and provide a unique and memorable experience for foodies looking to connect with the source.

Sally Hookey from Hinterland Feijoas is putting her local Sunshine Coast farm on the food tourist map and generating extra income in the process. Tea, coffee and chocolate feijoa cake are always on the menu at the farm’s cute little retro caravan, ‘Myrtle’ and you can purchase other gourmet feijoa products from her artisan farm gift shop. The fresh, luscious tree-ripened, certified-organic fruit is a sell out every season!

“Lots of people visit the farm every week and are interested in our lifestyle. People are wanting to connect with where their food comes from, and appreciate the opportunity to see a working farm. Our farm gate gives us a year-round offering, minimizing the risk of seasonality and diversifying our product range. We are happy to share our learnings on how farmers can look at alternative ways to market and additional opportunities for sales” – Sally Hookey

At this workshop Sally and her husband, Peter Heineger will share their journey including the challenges and rewards. FAN Director and commercial & corporate lawyer, Tony Sowden will also be providing information about the regulations and legal requirements for farm gate enterprises.

HOW TO RUN A SUCCESSFUL FARM GATE // EVENT DETAILS
Friday 14 July
Workshop; 9:30 – 11:15am | Farm Tour; 11:15am
Hinterland Feijoas
131 Browns Road
Belli Park, QLD 4562

Tickets are available for FAN members & non-members here

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Cleantech Effect 2017

Following on from the inspiration shared by the Ogilvie Group at FAN’s recent ‘Let’s talk about Waste’ event, the Cleantech Effect 2017 offers a networking and educational opportunity for FAN members to discover solutions that can offer both cost savings and improved performance.

Sunshine Coast Council in partnership with Cleantech Industries Sunshine Coast invite you to:

The Cleantech Effect 2017 – “Designing Our Future”

Challenge your thinking around how we address our built environment with keynote speakers Dr Keith Suter (global futurist and media commentator) and Peter Maddison (multi-award winning architect and host of Grand Designs Australia).

Lake Kawana Community Centre
Wednesday 23 August 2017 12.00–5.30pm
Networking drinks 5.30–7.30pm
  • Connect with key decision makers and innovators in the South East Queensland Cleantech Industry.
  • Dynamic 15-30 minute sessions with experts, case studies and panel sessions.
  • Over 25 exhibitor stands sharing knowledge on smarter energy, water and waste solutions.
  • Delicious lunch of locally-sourced produce and networking drinks.

Learn how to create sustainable communities, discover the latest technologies and hear the stories from exciting new businesses that we should all be doing business with.

Cost: Tickets are an inclusive $89

For more information, exhibitor, sponsor and delegate enquiries, visit www.cleantecheffect.com

Can’t make the entire day? As a special offer, FAN members are invited to the networking and exhibitors showcase event from 5.30-7.30pm as complimentary guests – to register your interest email the [email protected]

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FAN heads to Fine Food Sydney

In September this year nine FAN members will head to Sydney to take part in Fine Food on a Sunshine Coast stand. The event, held between 11-14 September, is a showcase of the food industry’s latest products and attracts national and international buyers from restaurants, cafes, bakeries, retailers, caterers, bars, hotels and other food businesses.

This year Commercial Drinks, an industry event dedicated to bars and venues, will run alongside Fine Food and showcase top craft and artisan beer, wine and spirits brands. With more than 30,000 trade visitors expected to attend the event, Fine Food is a significant opportunity for our industry to spread their wings beyond the region.

In addition to being able to explore new market opportunities and gather valuable feedback about their products, the participating businesses will benefit from being exposed to over 1,000 exhibiting brands and have the opportunity to discover new tastes, learn and network.

Of the 11 companies co-exhibiting and providing product for a product display on the stand, FAN is delighted that nine are FAN members. They are:
Walter’s Artisan Bread
COYO
Montville Coffee
Belladotti
QCamel
KOKOPOD Chocolate
Kenilworth Country Foods
SunLife Superfoods
The Country Chef Bakery Co.

Fine Food’s Event Director Minnie Constan will be visiting the Sunshine Coast on 3 August to meet with our exhibitors and share her tips for getting the most out of the event.

Other FAN members who will have their own stand at the event include Gourmet Garden and The Fresh Chai Co.

This year’s delegation has been made possible thanks to a partnership between the Sunshine Coast Council and FAN. In future years we hope to open up opportunities for exhibitors in the Greater Sunshine Coast region.

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Sunshine Coast Embraces Circular Economy Principles

The Circular Experiment is a Sunshine Coast based business formed to assist small businesses to both reduce their costs and improve their profits by better planning and management of materials and resources used during their operation through the implementation of circular economy principles; Resource efficiency, incentivised return, servitisation, return logistics, asset management, and innovative technology solutions.

The Circular Experiment is the brain child of two local Sunshine Coast sisters, Jaine and Ashleigh Morris. Ashleigh was alive with equal amounts of passion and frustration about Australia’s current economic climate and was trying to find her path moving forward, at this stage Jaine was intent on living an authentic life and giving back to her local community. In a perfect combination of timing and gumption the sisters decided that the time was now for Australia to embrace circularity and if no one else was going to step up and drive it forward then they would. From that fateful day in March The Circular Experiment, driven by Jaine and Ashleigh’s incredible hard work and tenacity, has progressed from strength to strength.

Ocean Street in the CBD of the Sunshine Coast has been selected for The Circular Experiment’s first 6-month proof of concept business project. The Ocean Street Project will work at the street and individual business level to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the application of circular economy principles. Ocean Street has over 50 diverse small businesses from cafes to hairdressers that present different inputs and outputs and require unique solutions. As these businesses are common in shopping precincts across Australia the outcomes and solutions are intended to be used to design a business model that can be applied at scale.

“Where does your product end up?” Ashleigh poses this question to businesses along the supply chain and is often met with a shrug of the shoulders or dismissive gazes. In an effort to answer his question and reduce the amount of food waste being landfilled from Ocean Street, The Circular Experiment has collaborated with Spare Harvest, a sharing platform designed to be the initial stop gap in the creation of food waste and with Earth Born in Palmwoods, to turn the remaining food scraps and biodegradable packaging into high quality compost. “Thinking about food ‘waste’ as a resource has enabled us to look at where we can create value at all stops along the supply chain and keep this resource circulating in the system – a core value underpinning the circular economy.” Jaine says.