Last month I was honoured to be hosted by Trev Wittner and Linda Cockburn for lunch with the Huon Producers Network at their farm just outside of Geeveston. It was a welcome opportunity to talk about a few of the key issues we could help them with, and to learn more about this exciting network of community minded farmers and producers.
A few of the most pressing issues we discussed over a sumptuous lunch of food grown and made by those at the table included egg regulations for small producers, the options for a small dairy processing unit in the region, building a strong local food economy, and regional food hubs.
The current food production system is geared towards large scale producers and growers. Putting immense cost pressures on small farmers such as those within the Huon Producers Network.
Local food systems and economies empower people to be able to choose where they get their food from and have confidence in the quality of the produce they buy. Farmers markets and community food cooperatives are on the rise in Tasmania. I am so excited to see people building strong resilient communities and food economies by banding together to promote their local produce in the way that the Huon Producers Network are doing.
Please remember to buy local and direct whenever you can and support our local growers and producers. It not only gives you some of the freshest food possible, but also cuts down on the food miles and puts money back into our community.
You can read more about the work the Greens are doing to help farmers sell direct and build their business by clicking here.