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Friday, 8 June 2018

HARCOURT – THE LAND OF ORGANIC MILK AND HONEY

The Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance will deliver an Australian-first organic farming alliance to showcase innovation in the organic farming industry Australia, thanks to new funding from a Victorian Government ‘Food Source Victoria’ grant.

The Victorian Government has announced a $45,025 grant for the ‘Creating the land of milk and honey in rural Australia’ project, based in Harcourt.

The project will deliver an Australian-first organic farming alliance to showcase innovation in the organic farming industry in Australia and explore new marketing opportunities.

The alliance is also committed to delivering a reliable source of locally produced, affordable, organic food with low food miles to the local community.

The Victorian Government funding will help to deliver:

  • value-adding facilities (creamery and commercial kitchen)
  • improved enterprise facilities to facilitate business growth, education, collaboration and incubation facilities
  • new safety equipment.

It is hoped that the project will encourage further investment in the collaborative farm model across multiple agribusinesses, and increase horticulture exports and organic produce for Victoria.

Mount Alexander Fruit Garden is the lead proponent of the Harcourt Organic Farming Alliance (HOFA) which consists of five members who will deliver the project.  The other members are Sellar Farmhouse Dairy, Gung Hoe Organic Vegetable Growers, Maidenii Vermouth, and an organic orchard trainee.

Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards

“The Victorian Government is proud to invest in the ‘Creating the land of milk and honey in rural Australia’ project to help showcase innovation in organic farming here in regional Victoria”

We hope this project will encourage further investment in the collaborative farm model, and support increased horticulture exports and organic produce for Victoria”

“Investment in regional Victoria is vital to ensure it continues to be a prosperous place to live, work and do business”.

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