University students tour Macleay Valley Food Bowl

Community life - 27 June 2017

Six students from the University of Sydney met with a range of Macleay Valley Food Bowl producers this month to gain an insight into local agribusiness operations.

The Agriculture Masters students visited as part of their studies and were accompanied by the University’s Associate Professor of the Plant Breeding Institute Research Centre School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Brian Jones.

The group stayed in Crescent Head during their visit and travelled to a range of successful local farms to meet with producers, including Mountain Nursery at South Kempsey, Graeme Hudson’s pecan nut farm at Euroka, Blueberry Greens at Barraganyatti, Green Leaf Farm at Clybucca, Kempsey Hydroponic Growers, Momacs Macadamia processor in South Kempsey, an avocado farm at Fishermans Reach and Yarra Rocket Science at Yarrahapinni.

Kempsey Shire Council’s Economic Sustainability Unit also gave a presentation to the students regarding Council’s Macleay Valley Food Bowl project, which was established two years ago with the aim of stimulating local agribusiness supply and demand.  

Council’s Manager of Economic Sustainability, Susannah Smith, thanked the participating producers for welcoming the students to view their operations.

“It’s extremely valuable for university students to see first-hand the operational aspects of primary production in regional Australia, particularly in the Macleay, where we have a large variety of successful producers,” she said.

“For our producers and our community, visits like this further establish the Macleay Valley Food Bowl’s growing reputation as a source of high quality, high value produce, with a superior environment and conditions for production.”

The Macleay Valley Food Bowl is a multi-award-winning project, having picked up the 2016 Luke Hartsuyker’s Federal Member’s Award, an Excellence in Business Macleay Valley Business Award and the NSW Local Government’s RH Dougherty Award for Excellence in Communication. It will continue to be an area of economic development focus for Council over the next 12 months.

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