Hepburn Shire Council is inviting artisan agriculture producers and growers from the Hepburn Shire and broader region to complete the annual Artisan Agriculture Survey which is being launched this year.

The survey aims to help Council’s Artisan Agriculture Project Advisory Group to better understand the needs of our local artisan agriculture businesses.

The aim of the project is to help support the sector to:

  • Raise the profile of regional artisan agriculture producers
  • Increase producers’ access to sector-relevant services, so they can sustain their businesses
  • Assist producers to develop strong post-farm-gate marketing so the sector is economically and socially viable
  • Increase access to and use of a shared infrastructure within the region and more broadly
  • Increase producers’ financial resilience and stability by facilitating access to government grants and reducing barriers to finance for producers
  • Increase producers’ capability and confidence to navigate food regulations
  • Increase awareness of competing land-use pressures on the sector amongst Local and State Government regulators.

Hepburn Shire Council CEO Evan King said the Artisan Agriculture Project will be able to help the sector through challenging times.

“The impact of COVID-19 has been felt by everyone and this survey will collect the data needed for the Project Advisory Group to help our artisan producers to navigate these challenges and continue to grow and thrive.”

Natalie Hardy, from Brookland Free Range Farm, is one of the Project Advisory Group members. She says this annual survey will shine a light on the needs of the sector and provide a voice for industry to council.

“We are so fortunate to have a project running like this in Hepburn Shire – the data generated will help inform the work we do over the next 2 years to support our artisan agriculture businesses. “I encourage everyone in the sector to complete it.”

The survey, available here, will be open to all producers and growers within the wider region until midnight Friday 15th January.

For further information regarding the survey contact Sharon on mobile 0456 610 261 or email shebbard@hepburn.vic.gov.au

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