Publication date: 20 December 2017
The Southern Harvest Association is concerned that proposed changes to NSW Primary Production and Rural Development regulations will have a hugely negative impact on the growth of pastured pig and poultry farms in the entire state.
Of particular concern is the proposal to put into regulation a 500m setback (like a buffer zone) between animals and neighbouring dwellings outside of which Development Applications will be required.
Should the changes come into effect small-scale and free-range pig and poultry farms will be considered ‘intensive livestock agriculture’.
Southern Harvest member and Caroola Farm owner Penny Kothe says “the costs of this requirement will make it unviable for new farmers to enter the industry. It will also limit the availability, when there is a growing consumer demand, for pasture raised, ethical and in many cases organically produced meat products.”
The Southern Harvest Association in partnership with the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance is currently collecting information from farmers across NSW to put submissions to the NSW government to highlight the potential impact the proposed reforms will have on farming businesses; particularly those of that are small-scale applying organic, chemical free and/or regenerative farming practices.
NSW Farmer survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LocalFoodSurveyProducers
Southern Harvest Association is a business and community led organisation focused on growing local and regional food communities in the ACT and South East NSW through education, market opportunities, networking and advocacy. www.southernharvest.org.au
18 Dec 2018
2018 Bungendore Harvest Festival
Following on from the hugely successful 2017 event, the 2018 Bungendore Harvest Festival is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend. Local businesses, farms, producers and more will be featured with events running from Friday 16 March through to Sunday 18 March in Bungendore and surrounds.
Stallholder, sponsor and local business participation applications are now open, go to www.southernharvest.org.au/harvest-festival/ for more information, to sign up for the newsletter or visit the facebook page at www.facebook.com/BungendoreHarvestFestival
“The Bungendore Harvest Festival really brought the town alive last time, and is set to be even bigger and better in 2018. It is a fantastic opportunity for Bungendore to showcase its local food and farming heritage and establish a significant annual regional event” says Penny Kothe of the Bungendore Harvest Festival Organising Committee.
Now is the time to secure your involvement as a:
- Speaker or presenter
- Farmer or
- Local Business
Local businesses are invited to get involved by dressing their stores with harvest cheer, holding demonstrations and workshops, contributing to raffles and more.
If you are a local business and have yet to let us know how you would like to participate, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Harvest is a business and community led organisation focused on growing local and regional food communities in the ACT and South East NSW through education, market opportunities, networking and advocacy. www.southernharvest.org.au