Summer School - The Business of Small-Area Farming

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  • Location: Kandanga Hall, Kandanga 4570 Queensland

Please book your space as soon as possible to this incredibly informative two days, with an impressive list of knowledgeable presenters. Not only do you get to be informed on  best practise farming, you get to meet some of your local farming community and make connections that support your business.

This year there are two Masterclasses, one each for meat and vegetable producers.  These need to be pre-booked and numbers are limited. Co-op members are given preference for these

Download the 2016 Summer School program and start thinking how you can get the most from being part of the event.

The cost for attending both days is $95, and includes lunches, refreshments and the Tuesday evening meal.

The cost for attending  a single day  is $45 which includes lunch and refreshments but does not include  the Tuesday evening meal, which is an additional $20.

Attending a pre-booked Masterclass costs an additional $30.

Bookings can be made by email to or by phone 0459 225 399.

Summer School - The Business of Small-Area Farming
9 & 10 February 2016
Kandanga Hall, Kandanga
Presented by Mary Valley Country Harvest Cooperative

Major celebrities bring best practise to landholders

Jerry Coleby-Williams from ABC Gardening Australia fame and Tammi Jonas, President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance are major speakers at a local co-operative’s Summer School on February 9 and 10. The annual event offers workshops on current best practices and innovations in horticulture, landcare and livestock management. In its third year, Mary Valley Country Harvest Co-operative brings together a team of experienced guest speakers to support and educate small area farms.

Tammi Jonas grows ethically produced pork and beef on her Victorian property. She will discuss the issues and scale of this type of production including direct sales and education as integral parts of an ethically-viable no-growth model, and creative ways to fund it.

TV announcer, Jerry Coleby-Williams uses his Brisbane property “Bellis" to champion ideas on progressive sustainable food production in an ever changing climate.

His use of biodiversity management including selection of cultivars, soil analysis and using scientific indicators of a stable garden ecology prove greater efficiencies and lower operating costs. These processes can be applied to cottage gardens through to large-scale operations.

The two day program runs from 9am to 5pm each day at Kandanga Hall, with a Harvest dinner on Tuesday evening showcasing local produce and discussion on closing the loop on the food supply chain.

The whole program including lunch, dinner and refreshments is $95 per person. Prices are available for single day, dinner only and member masterclasses. For more information and booking, please go to

This event is supported by the ANZ Seeds of Renewal program and the Burnett Mary Regional Group through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme. The Regional Landcare Facilitator Program is an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.

Mary Valley Country Harvest Co-op :
C/-PO Box 47, Dagun
0459 225 399
Mary Valley Country Harvest Co-op

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