On the banks of the Murray River, the twin towns of Koondrook and Barham are home to a variety of industries including dairy, beef, pork, bio-dynamic rice, avocados, oranges, eggs and honey.By Sophie Bruns
On the banks of the Murray River, the twin towns of Koondrook and Barham are home to a variety of industries including dairy, beef, pork, bio-dynamic rice, avocados, oranges, eggs and honey.
The farmers who produce these products are passionate about agriculture and determined to ensure a viable future for their industry.
In 2011, farmers from this area joined forces and set up a group to support and promote their products — the Red Gum Food Group.
Initially, the group’s aim was to set up a successful monthly farmers’ market in Koondrook-Barham.
With that done, the group has gained momentum and moved into other areas including business support, networking and other events, including the Producers Picnic and Workshop Festival.
Organiser Lauren Mathers from Bundarra Berkshires said the group members supported each other and provided an opportunity for networking and sharing of information.
‘‘There are six of us on the committee and we want to see our town thrive and get more local food into local mouths,’’ Ms Mathers said.
‘‘We aim to build networks to ensure the future viability and security of our food bowl.
‘‘By promoting our produce the group hopes it will be recognised as being a vital part of the future stability of the local economy.’’
Ms Mathers said it was frustrating to know there were so many unique products available in the area but no-one had access or knew how to purchase them.
‘‘The farmers’ market has gone from strength to strength over the years and so has our group.
‘‘At the last event we hosted we had 65 people in attendance who could network and strike up conversations with our guest speakers.
‘‘It was passionate and emotional and people could learn new things about food and food production.’’
Glen Gray from Little Forest Produce said the group provided support and encouragement.
‘‘There has been a real shift in the area with the red gum industry changing; people were concerned about what that meant for the area, but little producers have popped up and the farmers’ market provides a great place for people to sell their products,’’ Mr Gray said.
Dave Hewitt from Olsen Park Dorpers said there were many positives about being involved in the group.
‘‘We have learnt a lot of new ideas, and other people’s inspiration has pushed us along in our business,’’ Mr Hewitt said.
‘‘The RGFG has been a big help for us.’’
Tatura’s Jennifer Hippisley will head up a state education advisory group after being elected as the chair of the Victorian Local Learning and Education Network Broker Network.
After a tennis career spanning 62 years, of which the last 35 years have been as a coach, Yarrawonga's Jon Coleman is set to retire at the end of 2013.
The recent Kyabram Master Pairs, played over six days with crack sides from near and far, attracted some talented bowlers eager to win the prestige event.
A frequent visitor to northern Victoria, Care Connect's Graham Custance recently won a national award for his work supporting indigenous elders to achieve better health and wellbeing.
Three Goornong Fire Brigade firefighters recently completed a CFA course on safety surrounding urban firefighting and using breathing apparatuses.
Kyabram Lawn Tennis Club’s annual junior singles tournament again attracted good numbers from across the district.
But have opponents given up the fight?
Tocumwal Pre-School students are proudly flying their KITE at the Tocumwal Lions Community Hostel.
Tooborac Fire Brigade visited Tooborac Primary School last Tuesday to help the school complete its bushfire emergency management plan.
Residents urged to renew fruit fly baits to support local orchards.
A Korean company has a proposal with the NSW Government to built a $90 million ethanol plant in Deniliquin.
SPC Ardmona, is sending eight containers loaded with $250,000 of fruit and vegetables to cyclone ravaged Philippines.
The hunt is on for a buyer for Benalla and Mansfield Toyota after the business went into receivership last fortnight.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.