|NRM for August|
|Women on the Land|
Download more information on the launch of this book celebrating eight remarkable Women who are making a living on the land.
|Premier Listing on Australian Regional Food Guide|
You would probably be aware that for the past three years the Australian Regional Food Guide website has been working with the current NSW Department of Industry and Investment to subsidise Premier listings on the website
Australian Regional Food Guide
The prime recipients of the newsletter are chefs, provedores and other potential buyers. A major aim of the project has been to provide an opportunity for local producers to reach a wider range of customers in this state, and it has proved a valuable way for the subsidised producers to gain extra market traction.
Until now, you and other producers listed on our site, have received the newsletter as a courtesy to see what is being done.
Now that the contract has expired we have decided to keep the newsletter going for a time and also to involve unsubsidised Premier listings.
This means that you are now free to send information about your new products, awards and anything else you feel you would like your potential customer base to know. There is no charge to be included in this way, and it is yet another benefit of having taken out a Premier listing on the site. It would be good if you can share this benefit with other producers who might like to take out a Premier listing as well.
Click through to there website and contact Sally Hammond at the Australian Regional Food Guide for more information.
|Hurstville Council: Looking for Stall Holders|
Hurstville City Council’s Events and Protocol Officer is looking for stall holders for their 2012 Hurstville City Council Australia Day Festival.
We’re looking for stallholders that specialise in Australian produce and products e.g. Olive oil, chutneys, breads or other fresh produce etc.
Contact for further information or download the application.
Events and Protocol Officer
Hurstville City Council
PO Box 205
HURSTVILLE BC NSW 1481
Ph: 9330 6067
Mobile: 0432 130 150
|Slow Food Saddle Back Newsletter|
|August National Resource Management Newsletter|
Down load the newsletter.
It is packed with great information about the issue that effect farmers.
Check out the story on the 'Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia.'
Although it is a exprimental model it is interesting.
|Rural Women of the Year Awards|
|Smart Farm Workshops|
|Penfolds Grange and Para Port for Sale|
Robert Boyd from Greengold Vegies has the following wines and ports from Sales.
Give him a call. 02 4421 2096 / 0413205437
If you love Wine do not miss this opportunity to get hold of some classics.
6 1993 Penfolds grange valued on E bay at $500 + ea
5 bottles of 1944 Sepelt Para Port valued on E bay at $200 ea
1 bottle of 1945 Penfolds Granfather Port on E bay at $300 +
5 bottles of Yalumba Galway Pipe Port in the old tall sherry style bottle circa 1974
Ebay have a younger Galway Pipe version in the new squat style bottle for $50 + however I think my older selection is probably worth around $100.
I have recently, within the past two years consumed one of the Para 44 and one of the Galway Pipe. These ports are just spectacular wines with great aged characteristics.
|National Resource Newsletter|
|Board Member Vacancy|
Board Member Vacancy
Hawkesbury Harvest is looking for a Board Member (Board of Management).
Hawkesbury Harvest has a vacancy for the next three month (until the Annual General Meeting) and are looking for someone to nominate and work with us.
The Board meet once a month on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at Enniskillen Orchard at Grose Vale from 6.30pm - 8.30pm
* We do most of our work via email and there are plenty of them
* We sometimes meet during the day when the matter calls for it.
* Our board is made up of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and three ordinary board members, your role will be a a ordinary board member
* Our Current projects are, The Farm Gate Trail, Farmers Markets, (Penrith and Castle Hill), Slow Food, School Harvest, Composting Project.
* It is a volunteer role
* You must be a financial member of Hawkesbury Harvest
Our mission is: Hawkesbury Harvest is a community based organisation committed to improving the economic viability and sustainability of local agriculture.
Contact Alan Eagle for more information 0406237877
|Food Safety: Horticulture Fresh Produce Consultation|
|NAB Farm Management Deposit (FMD)|
Dear Hawkesbury Harvest Member.
You are constantly exposed to changes in the market and the environment.
A NAB Farm Management Deposit (FMD) delivers real security with tax benefits and the ability to invest funds now, to manage seasonal fluctuations later.
With 30 June fast approaching, now is a great time to review your taxation position to ensure you are getting competitive rates and real tax benefits.
Please feel free to contact us to help arrange improved long term security for your agribusiness with a NAB FMD.
For more information contact:
Glenn Smith & Michelle Watkins
NAB Agribusiness Penrith
1/295 High Street, Penrith
Phone; 0247 327 083
Tax deductions depend on your individual circumstances. You should seek independent tax advice on any taxation matters
Agribusiness Analyst, Penrith
National Australia Bank
Level 1, 295 High Street, Penrith
Tel: 02 4732 7083 | Fax: 02 47314928
|Oyster Newsletter provid to you by Ocean Watch|
At the request of many oyster industry representatives, this newsletter provides an update on national and international news, events and research that may be of interest to the oyster industry. It is provided to you free, and has the simple goal of providing relevant information to industry in a clear and concise manner. It does not aim to replace those newsletters currently published for the oyster industry, but to supply and collate additional information that isn’t readily available.
|Tourism Development Offer|
Read about these two development tourism opportunities for your business.
Aussie Host and Growing your Business through mentoring.
Download the document today.
Landshare Australia brings together people who have a passion for home-grown
food, connecting those who have land to share with those who need land for
The concept of Landshare began in the UK, launched through the River Cottage television program in 2009, and has since grown into a thriving community of more than 57,000 growers, sharers and helpers across the country.
Now that Landshare is here in Australia, we welcome you to come and take part in this fantastic initiative.
Landshare is for people who:
•Want to grow vegetables but don't have anywhere to do it
•Have a spare bit of land they're prepared to share
•Can help in some way – from sharing knowledge and lending tools to helping
out on the plot itself
•Support the idea of freeing up more land for growing
•Are already growing and want to join in the community
It began with the tiny seed of an idea – and it's growing and growing.
Check out the website:
There is also the Abundance Project which is about getting together people
to pick fruit etc. and prune trees.
|Natural Resource Management Newsletter|
NRM on farms is a monthly email news summary about natural resource management in agriculture in NSW, Australia and overseas. News items are welcomed.
|Hills Hawkesbury and Riverlands Tourism AGM|
TO ALL HHART MEMBERS,
It is with pleasure that I invite you to the Annual General Meeting of the Hills Hawkesbury & Riverlands Tourism Organisation at Vision Valley Conference and Leisure Retreat, Arcadia on Wednesday 20th October 2010 from 5:30pm.
|Grazing: The ramblings and recipes of a man who gets paid to eat.|
Some people eat to live, some people live to eat: John Newton eats for a living.
Years of eating, analysing and writing about food, has produced Grazing – the ramblings and recipes of a man who
gets paid to eat.
In Grazing Newton takes us to Spain, the country that stole his heart and that to this day, still feels like home to him.
Download the flyer for his new book. It looks good and knowing John the recipes will be fantastic and worth a try.
|Smart Farms Newsletter|
|David Mason's Column: Hawkesbury Gazette|
|Food Producers: Fine Food Australia 2010|
Attached is an application form for the Fine Food Australia 2010 show which is being held in Melbourne this year from 13 - 16 September.
I&I NSW will be hosting the Regional Flavours of New South Wales group stand, as we have done since 2001, and are looking for 12 regional NSW and 4 Sydney food and beverage companies to take (no wine producers).
The deadline for applications is Wednesday 21 April.
Download the Application
|Madisons Mountain Retreat & ABC Play School|
|Hawkesbury Harvest - Hawkesbury Gazette Column 24th March|
Read this fabulous weekly column which can be found in the Hawkesbury Gazette. The Gazette comes out on a Wednesday. David Mason is the author.
Download the column
|Autumn Harvest Food & Wine Fair for Saturday 1 May 2010|
Mount Tomah Botanic Garden is planning the annual Autumn Harvest Food & Wine Fair for Saturday 1 May 2010.
They invite you to book a stall and come along to show their visitors just what fantastic products are available from our local growers and producers!
I have attached a stall holder application for your information and consideration. Please don’t hesitate to contact either Hannah Strom or myself should you have any queries in regards to booking a stall.
Look forward to seeing you on the 1st May!!!
Download the flyer for booking forms etc.
|Cooks and Farmers Market Stallholders wanted:|
To coincide with the Cook off weekend ‘Calling All Cooks’ will host a growers market, within Harvey Norman, Alexandria; led and produced by high quality regional food suppliers over this amazing 3 day event. Food specialists are required in the following six categories: bread, cake and pies; meat and small goods; poultry and eggs; dairy; coffee; fruit and vegetables and regional foods.
Click through for benefits and contact details;
We are looking forward to another great event, and hope that you have the capacity to join us to promote and sell your produce/products.
|Hills Hawkesbury and Riverland Tourism Newsletter|
|WaterSmart Farms Funding Assistance for Irrigators|
WaterSmart Farms Funding Assistance for Irrigators. The WaterSmart Farms Project is part of the Hawkesbury-Nepean River Recovery Program, which has received funding through the Australian Government’s Water for the Future program and the NSW Government’s Climate Change fund. The Program aims to improve river health below the major water supply dams by increasing the water available for environmental flows in the river and by reducing nutrient loads exported to the river in stormwater, agricultural runoff and sewage effluent.
The aim of the WaterSmart Farms Project is to reduce agricultural water use in the lower Hawkesbury Nepean catchment (see map on page 3) by improving irrigation efficiency through on-ground works supported by training activities.
Download the information pack for contact information or or contact the SmartFarms Information Line on 02 4588 2118.
|Hills Hawkesbury Benefits Cards|
Dear HHART Members,
We are currently working on the Hills Hawkesbury Benefits Card, this card will enable us to increase expenditure in the region! HHART visitors centres will sell this card to residents and visitors which guarantees the customer a large return on their investment that can be used 12 months of the year.
Key benefits of the Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands Benefits Card are:
• It is an exclusive pass offering value add at a diverse range of participating Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands restaurants, attractions, retailers, and tour operators
• It will ensure residents/visitors make the most of their time in Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands area, ideally increasing spend
• It will be specially branded as Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands Benefits Card
• It will be part of a broader NSW program, providing residents/visitors further value
• Designed to raise awareness of local offerings to both residents and visitors alike Increasing spend in the area.
• A significant value-add for Hills, Hawkesbury & Riverlands area to set them area apart from other destinations
Distribution will primarily take place through:
• Visitors Information Centre
• Local accommodation premises
• Promotional opportunities such as the tradeshows
• Included in the marketing campaigns for special events
Each of HHART members are entitled to an exclusive offer of only $20 per month to be included.
BENEFITS TO YOUR BUSINESS:
· Your business having additional exposure by thousands of people per month on www.turtlepassport.com.au
· Customer going to your website at the click of a button – embedded links on our site
· National Audience
· Change your offer to suit your business needs
· Search Engine Optimisation
· Sending Direct mail campaign to people within your area
Simply complete the attached form and return by fax 1st November 2009 (02) 8088 3810 – we will then contact you and get you up and running on the site – www.turtlepassport.com.au
PO Box 849
Spit Junction NSW 2088
P: (02) 9954 1499
F: (02) 8088 3810
M: 0422 475 249
|My Kitchen Rules|
Buddy Kitchens Chefs this is your chance to shine.
Channel 7 are looking for you.
Yes, Channel Seven is heading back to the kitchen - from the makers of the successful cooking series My Restaurant Rules comes a new show – MY KITCHEN RULES.
This new series will travel the country to find Australia’s best home-cooking team. In a unique twist, the teams-of-two in MY KITCHEN RULES will do battle from their own kitchens in each State.
The aspiring foodies will have to cook up their culinary tricks, quirks and use local ingredients to impress the judges – whose city will rule in the kitchen?
The home chefs will also have to transform their home into an instant restaurant for one pressure-cooker night.
The competing teams will have to work against the clock to deliver a winning dining experience.
Are you passionate about cooking and entertaining?
Does YOUR Kitchen Rule?
Then apply now…..
|Stall Holder Invitation: Blacktown Markets|
The Rotary Club of Blacktown City invites you to participate and utilise this exciting new market venue to showcase and sell your fine produce.
These markets will be held on 3rd Saturday of every month (exc Jan) commencing September 19th 2009, in the Blacktown RSL carpark.
Close to the Blacktown CBD and Rail Station and the densely populated residential high rise developments.
The Blacktown RSL together with it’s 20,000 members proudly supports this exciting new event.
This event will promote local growers and grant the opportunity to sell direct to the public.
The Blacktown Community has a highly diverse mix of cultures who are attracted to fresh and culturally unique produce. This will be a great venue for niche growers.
The Rotary Club of Blacktown City are committed to making this a successful event for all.
Please direct your enquiries to the Market Co-ordinator on 0406669936
Please note: These are not Hawkesbury Harvest Markets.
|Stepping Up Program for the Tourism Industry|
If your business is growing and you need a helping hand, this opportunity could be for you.
The value is terrific and there are only 14 places left.
Get in early you won't be sorry.
Download the information pack and expression of interest.
|2 Day trip to the Jenolan caves and Blue Mountains|
If you have not been on one of these tours here is your chance.
Hawkesbury Sightseeing Tours have 2 vacancies for their popular tour of this famous region. (june 27th / 28th).
You will be guided by experts from Hawkesbury Sight Seeing Tours. The mountain although a little chilly are very beautiful at this time of the year.
|Free Seminars for your Business|
Please find attached invitational flyers for three upcoming free seminars offered for Small Business by the Department of State and Regional Development.
Survive or Thrive 6th May
Unleash the Publicity Beast Within 16th June
The Rise and Rise of Personal Branding 28th July
These free seminars are delivered by Viktoria Darabi. Viktoria is the owner of Savvy and Successful.
Viktoria is well qualified to deliver these 3 seminars as her marketing career has spanned over 25 years in the US & Australia working in a diverse variety of multi nationals, medium and small businesses. She currently mentors people in small business and is very successful in communicating the simple things to do in getting your business moving.
You can also click on this link to view details on the DSRD small business website.
To register for any DRSD seminars simply phone or email Mangala on
8843 1116 or Mangala.firstname.lastname@example.org
Mount Tomah Botanic Garden would like to present its latest attraction - The Jungle's Lady (Nancy) Fairfax Walk!
The 500 metres of gently graded pathways immerses visitors into pristine rainforest once a part of a 700 acre property earmarked to become a rainforest national park. The Jungle is a highly accessible area of rainforest ideal for groups of adults and children wanting to enjoy the beauty of a rainforest walk.
There is excellent interpretation along its pathways explaining rainforest succession, plant adaptation to low light environments and the wonderful fauna living in the trees such as greater gliders, possums and powerful owls.
Now part of Mount Tomah Botanic Garden, The Jungle gives visitors an opportunity to experience and understand Blue Mountains' rainforest first hand.
The Jungle will greatly enhance another very exciting development coming to Mount Tomah Botanic Garden - the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Exhibition Centre - set to open in 2010. State and Commonwealth funding have been provided to help build this Centre which will give visitors a virtual experience of the canyons, rare plants, eucalypt diversity and unique remote wilderness landscapes they would otherwise never explore.
This remarkable journey along the 500m of graded pathways through the Jungle is included in the entry fee to Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. Coupled with a guided tour or lunch at the Garden's restaurant, makes for an unforgettable Blue Mountains experience.
|Exiting news for NSW Local and Regional Producers|
The Australian Regional Food Guide website (www.australianregionalfoodguide.com.au) is about to start the most exciting phase of its ten years – although let’s face it there have been many thrills along the way.
We think it’s only right that we should talk about it first here, and set the scene for this big project which we are launching first in NSW. It has been mentioned on our news page but now it is ready to roll.
Over the next two years the Department of State & Regional Development in NSW will identify 150 regional producers and will subsidise Premier Silver-plus listings for them on this website.
In addition we will produce a monthly newsletter on their behalf which will go out to all major restaurateurs, chefs, providores and other producers in the state, bringing news from NSW regional producers.
|The Roots of Civilisation: John Newton|
From medicinal plants to poisonous ones and aphrodisiacs, this stunning book is cultural history of plants and an ode to their wondrous uses.
Download the flyer for more information: A must for every plant lovers bookshelf.
|Adapting farming to the Impacts climate change, a New Federal Government Inquiry|
The House of Representatives Primary Industries and Resources Committee has commenced a new inquiry into the role of government in assisting Australian farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The Committee believes that the time is right to investigate how farmers can better adapt to the challenges of changing climate. The focus of the inquiry will be on innovation and adaptation at the enterprise level, on the ground, and the role of government and research organisations in supporting this.
The Chair of the Committee, Dick Adams, said it is important for government to identify the changes that are needed for our agriculture industries to adapt to climate change. These changes are already occurring on the farm as Australia’s farmers seek new and innovative methods to adapt their farming techniques to changing circumstances.
|Ironbark Mountain Retreat: A sustainable eco development|
This eco friendly weekender development will be a very much sought after destination within 1.5 hours of Sydney CBD. So whether your a local or a stressed out weekend evacuee from Sydney, Ironbark Mountain will cater for your needs and even your family dog.
Down load the document for further information.
|Art Class for children 5-8 years old.|
This class is run by Deidre Morrison at the Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop in the University of Western Sydney, Richmond.
This class for younger children is held on Thursday afternoons at 4.30pm - 6pm.
The children are taught a variety of art & craft skills that encourage their imaginations, creativity & manual dexterity. Starting on Thursday 5th February, Term 1 will run for 9 weeks at a cost of $90, which includes all materials except the students own sketch books. This is a fun class for our littlest artists.
Bookings are essential. Ph. Deidre on 02 45 783446.
|MTAS Children's After School Art Class (9 Weeks)|
Macquarie Towns Arts Society's Children's After School Art Class will be resuming for Term 1, 2009, on Monday 2nd & Wednesday 4th February.
The teacher is Sophie Evangelidis.
The venue is at the Hawkesbury Community College, Room 5, Civic Arcade, Richmond. The classes, for 8-14 year olds, run for 9 weeks at a cost of $90 for the term, with the Arts Society providing all materials except the student's own sketch book.
Times are 4pm - 5.30pm on Monday or Wednesday, which ever fits students' schedules. The course covers basic art principles of Colour, Tone, Perspective, etc; use of various art media with a variety of subjects. We aim to encourage young people to be creative, giving aspiring young artists an opportunity to discover and practice their skills in an enjoyable, group environment.
Bookings are essential. Ph. Deidre on 02 45 783446.
|Peels Dairy Meeting|
|Looking for Host Farms for May 2009|
Would you be able to host high school students from Japan?
We have a very large group of Japanese High School Students arriving in May and they are wishing to experience staying with a family for a couple of days to experience our wonderful rural lifestyle.
|Wine can now be sold at Farmers Markets|
Changes to the liquor legislation know allow Wine to be sold at Farmers Market.
The attached story promotes the new legislation and also promotes Jubilee Estate Vineyard. Ray and his team from Jubilee can now be found at all three of our farmers markets.
Other wineries can apply to come to our Farmers Markets by access the applications forms on the website.
You can support these local wineries by visiting their cellar doors or visiting the farmers markets.
|Mardi Gras Looking for Stall Holders|
Hawkesbury Harvest has been asked to circulate this to all our stall holders.
This year over 75,000 people browsed the stalls at Mardi Gras Fair Day – one of the biggest events in the world famous Mardi Gras season. This year even more people are expected to pack into the beautiful surroundings of Sydney’s Victoria Park to watch the entertainment and browse the many stalls.
Download the form for more information
|Do you want to be a Master Chef ?|
Hawkesbury Harvest have been contacted to put out to our network a call for people who can cook.
Network Ten are launching a new TV Show, called Master Chef and the search is on to find Australia's first true MasterChef.
A real life drama will play out as the contestant's kitchen courage is put to the ultimate test. From the lows of failure to the highs of success, our cast of characters will be catapulted from starters to mains then desserts and back again.
IN 2009 WE ARE ABOUT TO SEE WHO CAN TAKE THE HEAT AND WHO HAD BETTER GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN!
To apply, go to www.masterchef.com.au
|African Food Project|
Help is needed. Please read on if you want to help.
Mbuyi Tshielantende is a Congolese refugee now calling Sydney home. He recently gained support to start an African Food Project for his community and is looking for help with a range of things, including irrigation systems, fencing and organic fertilizers.
|A Hawkesbury day in the life of a AAP Journalist|
|Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs needed for a special cause.|
Youth Insearch needs your assistance.
If you can supply any of these products at no cost to help a good cause call me.
|SWEETNESS The Patisserie: Gold Medal Winner and Champion Sweet Product|
2008 Mudgee Fine Food Awards
Last Sunday at the 2008 Mudgee Fine Food Awards Presentation Dinner, SWEETNESS The Patisserie won 6 awards as follows:
- Bronze medals for SWEET Chocolate & Cherry Mallows, Nougat de Montelimar (Hazelnut & Cranberry), Vanilla Caramel and SWEET Peppermint Mallows
- A Gold medal for Ginger & Lime Shortbread Crème biscuits (gluten-free)
- Champion Sweet Product Trophy for Ginger & Lime Shortbread Crème biscuits (gluten-free)
Regarding the Ginger & Lime Shortbread Crème biscuits, these are a product I’ve not yet introduced commercially. In testing, I felt they were very special and so entered them in the awards; I thought it would be great to put a gluten-free product up against conventional entries to see how it would perform. I’m thrilled that this product was judged best sweet product and have shared the news with the Coeliac Society of NSW.
FYI, Ginger & Lime Shortbread Crème biscuits will be available at my markets from this Saturday (Rouse Hill this w/e Sat 8a-1p).
|Urban Graze Junior|
Joel and Tarrah from Urban Graze has launched a new venture.
Urban Graze Junior, cooking schools for the 7 - 12 year old.
|A Sustainable World in the Hills’|
A Sustainable World in the Hills’ is a project being undertaken by Baulkham Hills Shire Council, which encourages businesses to make a commitment in improving their sustainability performance in the workplace.
Download the attachment for more information.
|Urban Graze wows the Hunter|
Read this press release about the successful visit to the Hunter by Urban Graze.
Joel and Tarrah really know how to make you fee special.
|MTAS School Holiday program|
Macquarie Towns Arts Society will be unning their popular School Holiday
Art & Craft workshops for Kids 5-15yrs in the July break.
A full listing of Recreation activities, is as follows-
Members of the Arts Society encourage the younger folk of the Hawkesbury to
be creative during the holidays with these Fun Workshops. Something
different to do at a very small cost with materials supplied.
|Agriculture Today (June 27th)|
Read these fabulous two stories about the role Hawkesbury Harvest play in the Urban Agriculture scene.
|Food and Wine Project is Completed|
|Pukara Estate Olive Oil|
Pukara Estate is in the beautiful Upper Hunter Valley, near the little town of Denman. The estate grows seven different varieties of olives to produce a wide range of delicious olive oils which have consistently won awards in national competitions and gained significant international recognition. Pukara Estate manages the whole process - they tend the trees, harvest and press the oil on-site, then bottle, package and distribute their popular range of olive based products. Their range includes two premium oils, as well as six flavoured oils (garlic, lemon, lime, chilli, pepper, wasabi) - also three dukkahs, six tapenades, four mayonnaises and, of course, olives.
More recently Pukara has become involved in producing a great range of balsamic vinegars, including their very popular caramelised and barrel aged balsamics, but also three delicious flavoured vinegars (pomegranate, blackcurrant and vanilla/cinnamon).
One of the reasons Pukara Estate olive oils taste so good is their FRESHNESS - Pukara bottle their products every week to guarantee freshness on the shelf. At harvest time (April) they release their extremely popular "Novello" unfiltered oil, straight off the press.
This cloudy, dark green oil is the freshest you are ever likely to taste and the number of bottles is limited, each one individually numbered.
Pukara sell their products at several Growers Markets including Rouse Hill and you can often meet the very people who own and run the estate at these markets.
|Environmental Health Conference Brisbane 2008|
Attached is the program for the 10th world congress on Environmental Health to be conducted on 11th - 16th May 2008
|Fernbrook Garden and Botanical Art Gallery|
Download all this fantastic brochure to get the dates for their exhibitions.
The gardensa re really look fabulous.
|Hawkesbury Harvest submission to NSW State Government|
As you know Hawkesbury Harvest are very interested in retaining land for agriculture in various forms. We have made a submission to the State Government on the sub regional plans for both the North West and South West subregions.
The submission must be read in conjunction with both the North West and South West Sub Regional plans which can be found at this link;
Please download it if you are interested in food systems, eating local, eating fresh. It is your future.
|Award winning Pasta Grower at Castle Hill Market|
Pasta Italia has cleaned up at the Sydney Royal 2008 Pasta Competition awards winning overall Champion, Gold, Silver and Bronze.
You can find Pasta Italia at the Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Find Food Market at Castle Hill on the second Saturday of each month.
See attached document for details
|Media Release; BHSC, Mayor Phillips|
|Vacancies for Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves Tour|
Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves weekend tour on the 12th and 13th April
What a great weekend this is. Janice and her team will pamper you all weekend.
There are just 2 places left so get in early.
The tour includes lunch both days, dinner and accommodation and a concert in the cave Saturday night plus morning or afternoon tea both days.
The price for 2 people is $1160.
The pick up and drop off point for this weekend is Wilberforce but can be organised elsewhere.
Contact Janice Hart
Hawkesbury Sightseeing Tours
Windsor Ghost Tours
0408 751 422 0245 751 421
|Grandma’s Peach Jam|
Read this delightful story about growing up in Canada and making Grandmas Peachy Jam.
Recipe on the recipe page of the website.
|A Taste of Slow|
|Taste of Sydney: 2009|
Taste is a unique 3 day festival set in beautiful surroundings and isn’t just about sampling mouth watering dishes from Australia’s best restaurants, its also a chance to shop for premium food and beverages, watch the experts in our Chef’s Theatre or educate your palate with a range of tasting sessions.
|Free Pre-Apprenticeship courses, February 2008|
You might be aware of some present or past students who are interested in attending one of the following courses:
Cheffing - Campbelltown -25 February 2008
Baking - Wollongong - 18 February 2008
Baking - Ultimo - 3 March 2008
Cheffing - Kingswood - 11 February 2008
Baking - Kingswood - 18 February 2008
For further details, please contact Alliance People Solutions 1300 657 925 or Kelly van Ovost 0423 895 490.
|Cuba's Urban Argiculture.|
|Chidren's Art After School classes.|
These popular classes have been run by the society for about 20 years. Many local people had their first art lessons with MTAS, some going on to Art careers, others having a deeper appreciation of art and a more creative life as a result.
With these afternoon classes during term & Art & Craft workshops in school holidays the Arts Society endeavours to foster children's love of Art & the skills needed, such as using tools & materials, observation of the world around them & translating ideas into visual images on paper, canvas, etc.
The Art After School Classes for children 8 - 14 years old are held on Mondays & Wednesdays, 4 - 5.30pm with 1st term 2008 starting on Mon. 4th & Wed. 6th February.
|GR8 Mates Mentoring Program|
Can you be a friend to a young person?
If you can and you want to assist a young person to grow and succeed this mentoring program might be for you. The Schools Industry Partnership is looking for mentors for year 9 and year 10 students.
There is 7 nights of personal development for you as a mentor before the program starts (once a week) and then you must commit to about 1.5 hours per week to be with your new friend from around April to October, excluding holidays and exam times.
During your training you will pick up heaps of new people skills, learn to build life long relationships and learn different communication tactics.
It will be very rewarding.
For more information click through.
|Urban Graze loves Christmas|
This is Tarrahs Christmas column, published in the Hills Shire Times.
Check out her ideas for cooking over Christmas and down load the Sugar and Spiced Macadamia recipe.
|Toque gets 4 star rating|
|Stop Press: Christmas Tree Farm Open|
We have just signed a new member who grows Christmas Trees.
The Christmas Tree Farm is a great farm where you can 'pick your own and cut down your own' Christmas Tree.
John and his family have grown these most lovely shaped Christmas Trees. They are varying sizes up to 3 metres. Great value with nothing over $35.00
Get in quick they wont last. Contact John on 0423 906 696.
They are located at the corner of Northern Road and Elizabeth Drive, Luddenham.
Only open for 24 Days, 9am - 6pm
|School Based Traineeships / Apprenticeship|
Looking for extra labour and want to help students at the same time. School Based Traineeships and School based Apprenticeships for 2008 are now on offer. Get in early.
This is where you employ an year 11 student and the Government pays you up. ($2000 in some cases and $2500 in other cases). The nominal wage that you have to pay is very very low and they are trained for you. Called Rhonda Stone at DET for more information 02 9208 7629.
The kids need your help. There are plenty of benefits to you and the community, download the flyer.
|Lets Do Lunch at Toque|
Toque has been invited by the Sydney Morning Herald to participate in the Good Food Month, Let's Do Lunch promotion, which runs between Wednesday 3 October and Wednesday 31 October 2007.
We are extremely privileged to have been invited, along with many of Sydney's leading restaurants and, as you can probably imagine, the excitement at Toque, at the moment, is palpable!!
Starting on Wednesday 3 October during lunchtime trading hours our special "Let's Do Lunch" menu will consist of a main course including coffee, and either a glass of Brown Bros wine, a James Squire beer or a 500ml bottle of S.Pellegrino. Bookings are recommended for this not to be missed event.
A preview of our Let's Do Lunch Menu, which appeared today in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Living Magazine is attached.
In the meantime, we have a new spring a la carte menu and our kitchen now bakes fresh cake - so you can call into Toque just for coffee & cake should you have a craving for something sweet.
Please find attached an invitation to an extremely interesting seminar that is being held at Council on the 14th September.
There is no doubt that North East Asia is the place to be for Australian exporters. The region collectively accounts for over a third of Australia?s merchandise exports. Australia?s top 3 export markets are in North East Asia ? Japan, China and South Korea.
If any of the markets in North East Asia are of interest to you, then don?t miss this vital briefing by Austrade?s Market Specialists who will present detailed information on the emerging export opportunities including key sectors. The briefing will cover markets of:
v Japan v China v South Korea v Hong Kong v Taiwan
To book your seat register on line at www.smallbusinessmonth.nsw.gov.au or call Ros Mitchelson on (02) 9338 6758 or fill in the attached fax back form.
Registration is FREE so why not come along, network and talk to the experts.
|Tizzana Winery releases new range of product.|
New Non alcoholic Product Range from Tizzana Winery
Tizzana Winery has released a new range of preserves and jellies to capture more flavours of the Hawkesbury
The new range of products add to an existing range of tree ripened olives, Prunes in Port and Apricots in White Port and cover a wide range of chutneys and jams made from local fruits. However it is the new range of wine jellies that are receiving most comment.
|Food System Planing Lecture|
If you are interested in food and food planning this lecture, on the 18th July, will enlighten you.
The Sydney Food Fairness Alliance & Sydney University's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning invites you to a free evening seminar with Dr. Kami Pothukuchi (USA) for Planners, Policy Makers, Community Builders, Food/Health/Urban Agriculture Advocates and interested others
See attached document.
|Eat Here Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket|
A few extracts for a new book, by Brian Halweil, A WorldWatch Book, 2004. (From our Canadian Agriculture friends)
p.10 ? ?Sociologists? estimate that people have 10 times as many conversations at farmers markets than at supermarkets.?
p.123 ? In a survey of 1600 people conducted by Iowa State University, more than 75% of consumers preferred the label ?grown locally by family farmers? over other options, including ?organic? and a quarter of participants said they?d pay more for their products. Surveys have also found that sales of local food would benefit from piggy backing on related ecological or social distinctions like ?organic?, ?hormone-free? and ?raised by family farmers?.
p.75 ? US Ag Census 2002 ? the smallest category of farm, with an average size of 2 hectares, produces $15,104 per ha and netted approximately $2902/ha. The largest farms averaging 15,581 ha yielded $249 per ha and netted approximately $52/ha. ?The inverse relationship between farm size and output can be attributed to the more efficient use of land, water, and other agricultural resources that small operations afford, including the efficiencies of intercropping various plant in the same field, planting multiple items during the year, targeting irrigation, and integrating crops and livestock. So in terms of converting inputs into outputs, society would be better off with small-scale farmers.?
|Local Foods: A study in breaking down the barriers to establishing a local food system.|
Another Hawkesbury Harvest member sent this link through from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.
June 21, 2007
U of G Study Aimed at Creating Local Food System
Grocery stores have organic, vegetarian and vegan sections, so why not a locally grown section?
U of G researchers are embarking on a one-year study aimed at breaking down barriers standing in the way of establishing a local food system. This project could ultimately lead to shoppers having the convenience of going to any local grocery chain and buying from a section solely dedicated to food produced in Guelph and Wellington County.
?It?s not very easy for consumers to access local food right now unless they get up early on a Saturday and go to the farmers? market,? said Prof. Karen Landman, of Environmental Design and Rural Development, who is part of the research team. ?It?s not like people have time to be driving across the country landscape in search of their evening meal. It has to be made more convenient.?
Consumer demand for local food is currently booming, said Landman, but there is no system in place to feed it.
?The interest in a local food system seems to be partly a kick back at the globalization of agriculture, and it?s creating an opportunity for both farmers and consumers.?
Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), the study involves interviewing stakeholders involved in local food production and consumption in Guelph and Wellington County to find out what the common problems and opportunities are. The research group will then submit a report to the ministry with a list of recommendations.
|Local Sustainable Agriculture: A Canadian Perspective|
Hawkesbury Harvest is now receiving more global information on the struggle to keep agricultureal local.
Read the Canadian document.
It is you the consumer that will decide.
If you want local foods, you must buy local foods. If your local store has not got it ask for it or drop into your local Farm Gate.
Perhaps the Hawkesbury Region should start a series of true dialogues on this and many other subjects.
|New Food - Craft Market Opportunity|
|Yummmmmmmm: Don't miss out|
Tizzana Winery now have available a full range of hand made chocolates, made
from the finest Belgium chocolate by Manly based chocolatier Casey Sheehan.
Currently there are seven flavours available including:
o Almond Moguls ~ Crisp deep roasted Almonds in milk chocolate. A classic
flavour taken to a new level. ~ 140g (10-13 pieces)
o Chilli Bark ~ The chocolate goes walkabout on your palate and joins with
the cinnamon and dark chocolate for a warm embrace. Subtle is the key to a
very successful flavour combination. ~ 140g (10-13 pieces)
o Choco Latte ~ Crunchy coffee beans and natural coffee flavour through a
thin flat presentation of dark chocolate. ~ 140g (10-13 pieces)
|Penrith Valley Oranges Goes 2 and 5|
Read the article about how Penrith Valley Oranges, which open this weekend, are supporting the 2 and 5 healthy eating program.
|Food, Why is it an Urban Planning issue?|
David Mason has been invited to address academics and students on why Urban Planning is important to Food.
This is on at the University of Sydney tonight (7/6/2007)
See attached document for more information.
Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have released a book regarding how to interpret all the information on your food labels. Rsearch by FSANZ indicates that while consumers appreciate and use the information on food labels, they don?t always know how to interpret it into healthy eating patterns
Read on for more information.
|Exciting New Product Development|
Tally Matthew, a young farmer and member of Hawkesbury Harvest has teamed up with Leigh James and in conjunction with Year 3 Food Tech & Science students conducted product research topic as part of their Product Development course recognised by UWS-Hawkesbury.
The product they are developing is marinated artichoke hearts. Tally grows this product and is now going to value add to this product.
The test results for the product are very encouraging. Their next step is to find a way to take it from the kitchen to (pilot) plant production. Congratulations.
The students will be presenting a seminar & results of this project next Wednesday May 30th at 10.50am in building M8 room 022 (M8.022). If you are interested in what they achieved and interested in finding out about their next steps - taking the product into the future, please get along to this seminar.
A map of UWS is attached.
|Artisans Trail: www.hawkesburyartisantrail.com.au|
Read Winsor Dobbins account of the Wines served during a week long celebration of Hawkesbury Food and Wine in the NSW Parliment House Dining Room last year.
Published in Winestate May June 2007.
For more information on these Vineyards please visit the website
|Tizzana Wines win at Hawkesbury Show|
|Fernbrook Garden and Gallery|
Fernbrook Garden is enjoying its Autumn spleandor and will be magnificent for the month of May and even early June.
12 acres of woodland garden with Autumn colour including many varieties of Autumn Berries, Dogwoods, Maples, Enkianthus Rainforest walk with abundant birdlife, varieties of ferns and excellent collection of shade plants
Botanical Art Atudio/Gallery housing original watercolours and limited edition prints by Elaine Musgrave.
Gifts and cards are also available
Fernbrook supports the Open Garden Scheme during the Mothers Day Weekend of May 12 & 13
|Rocking Horse at the Easter Show|
April 10th and 11th at the Sydney Royal you will find Chris Woolcock on stage show the world how to restore a Rocking Horse.
Farm Day is when a farm family hosts a city family for a day for a real hands-on experience and a greater understanding of the day-to-day life of the farming family.
Farm Day aims to foster a greater understanding of farming amongst urban Australians through a farming family sharing their life with a city family for a day of 'fun, friendship and understanding'. The experience provides a chance to see how the modern farmer operates, and how it affects our daily lives.
The inaugural Farm Day was held in Victoria in May 2006 and was such a success that it is now a national event.
Farm Day will take place nationally on Saturday and Sunday 26 & 27 May 2007.
Farm families and city families can register to take part in Farm Day on this website. The host farm and their guests will be personally matched together based on criteria such as:
· distance they are willing to travel
· ages of children
· special interests
You will be contacted by your Farm Day matchmaker.
You will then be sent an information pack to help you prepare for the day
The city family will then travel to the farm for the day.
Logon and register now. get your kids out on a farm.
|Field Vegetable Demonstration Block|
Field Vegetable Demonstration Block on the Yarramundi Paddocks at UWS-H, Richmond (Southee Rd), to show Good Agricultural Practice (especially soil & water and pest & disease management - with seasonal veg variety comparison demos as the carrot to get growers to attend), attached is an invitation for March 29th to come and look at the initial progress made to date and the commercial and/or agency partnership potential of the site.
More Information to follow, eg contact number time and place to meet.
|Sustainable farming in the Sydney basin theme of turf farmer field day|
Sustainable farming in the Sydney basin is the theme of a field day to be held at 2006 Young Farmer of the Year winner Greg Miller?s turf farm at Windsor.
The field day event will be held 10am -12noon on Tuesday, 27 March at Millers Turf Supplies, 107 Wilberforce Road, Windsor.
An initiative of the organisers of the annual excellence in farming awards, NSW Farmers Association and the State Government, the field day aims to showcase Greg?s achievements in the turf farming industry and promote awareness of challenges facing Sydney basin producers.
Announcing the field day today, NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald and NSW Farmers Association President Jock Laurie, encouraged primary industry producers to attend.
?This is a great opportunity for farmers from throughout the Sydney basin to come and tour Greg?s turf farm enterprise and hear him talk about his approach to staying profitable in a very competitive industry,? Mr Laurie said.
?Greg has also had to cope with the drought?s impact on turf production, and he will outline some of the ways in which he has adapted his products to maintain his market share.?
Mr Macdonald said Greg would also talk about some of the current environment challenges facing rural producers in the Sydney basin.
?Better management of water use, soil health and catchment ponds have all been issues Greg has had to address, and he will be sharing his views on sustainability at the field day,? he said.
Greg said he was looking forward to sharing some of his farming approaches with others in the primary industries sector.
Morning tea will be supplied. Interested visitors are asked to RSVP to either NSW Farmers Association on 1300 794 000 or Trudy Glasgow 6391 3312 by 23 March.
|William Wilberforce the Man behind the Town|
William Wilberforce: The man behind our town
Purpose : Bicentenary of the abolition of slavery
A once in a lifetime opportunity to be apart of the 200th year celebration of the Man called William Wilberforce. Come and remember the man, reflect on his impact in the abolition of slavery and respond to issues of modern day slavery.
Who is invited?
We are seeking to have this as a whole community event and ask that everyone come to this day. We are focusing on the local school,pre-school, day care, the local churches, the local businesses and friends and relative past and present from wilberforce.
What will happen?
National Launch of the movie "Amazing Grace" - story of William Wilberforce
People sharing their Stories about modern Day slavery as victims - Sudanese Africans and Rahab Ministries women freed from her chains.
Mini dramas re-enacting some of the history of slavery.
Manikins sharing the Amazing Grace: The Inspirational Stories of William Wilberforce, John Newton, and Olaudah Equiano
Dressing up in early 1800's period costume
See Coming Events on website for more details or Contact Sarah Plummer
Lochiel House Café ?Restaurant and Gallery had some customers who wanted to pick some fresh fruit. A quick call to Shields Orchard and sometime later 9 people turned up, picked over $100 worth of Apples and had lots of fun. A win for the Customers, A win for Lochiel House, A win for Shields Orchard and a win for the Hawkesbury and a win for those who love growing produce.
Let us know if you have heard any stories like this.
|Willowbrae Chevre Cheese wins Gold, Silver, Silver, Silver and Silver|
Karen and David Borg from Willowbrae Chevre Cheese, has bagged one gold and four silver medals in the Australia?s Champion Cheese and Dairy Produce Show.
Ms Borg, who?s a member of Hawkesbury Harvest, has a farm in Wilberforce and sells her award-winning produce at markets. Her fresh curd won gold in the Cheesemakers Competition. Her marinated chevre, St Albans (a mould-ripened cheese, cheese and pesto dip and natural goat?s fetta all received silver medals in their categories. (Source Hawkesbury Independent)
Karen and David and their Cheeses can be found at the Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Gourmets Food market at the Castle Hill Showground on the second Saturday of each month. They also are at other leading markets in Sydney.
|Macquarie Towns Arts Society: Judy Brownlie Workshop|
Macquarie Towns Arts Society is running a Modern Acrylic Landscape Painting Workshop in the Stan Stevens Studio in the Deerubbin Centre, Windsor. It will run from 9.30am to 4pm on Saturday 24th March,07, with Judy Brownlie
who is an internationally recognised local Hawkesbury Artist who runs her own studio-gallery with workshops & classes.
She has won many awards including the Laural Wood Memorial Plein Air Painting Prize held last year at the Deerubbin centre. Judy feels it is important to share her skills &
knowledge of painting & her love of art with those interested in learning.
Her extensive training & enthusiasm make her a popular teacher. She is also the President of the long running Hawkesbury Community Arts Workshop at UWS-H.
The attached flyer has details & a photo of Judy Brownlie with her work.
|Wrapt in Wool|
This is a new and special event on the Farm Gate Trail.
Visitors can watch hand spinning and weaving and buy fleeces, hand spun wool, garments and accessories which have been hand made and dyed by Hawkesbury region craftspeople.
Put this in your Diary now.
Where: Virginia Farm, 122 Annangrove Road, Annangrove
10am - 3pm 4th March 2007
What: Spinning demonstrations, sales of fleeces, handspun & dyed yarn, handknitted or felted garments and accessories.
|A Love of Cows Exhibition at the Purple Noon Gallery|
|Oysters in the House|
The NSW Oyster Industry and the NSW Farmers? Association ran a very successful event on the 8th February. It was a Regional showcase featuring the 9 wineries and 8 oysters regions across NSW. It was called Oysters in the House 2007.
Over 400 people attended the three sessions and they voted Ravell Oysters, from Wallis Lake the top Oyster. Runners ups were Holiday Coast Oysters, Hastings River, Kingtide Oysters, Shoalhaven.
The Hawkesbury was represent by Broken Bay Oysters, Jojo?s Jetty Winery and Vicarys Winery. These three Hawkesbury Harvest members supplied the Oysters and the matching wines. Thankyou.
It was a great event and again showcased the fabulous product that is available in the Hawkesbury Region.
Hawkesbury Harvest would like to thanks its co sponsors, Hawkesbury Regional Tourism Association and Baulkham Shire Council for their generous support.
We would also like to thank Ossian Hall (www.ossianhall.com.au) for donating a prize for the event. Ossian Hall is a special place.
Thanks Jim and Diane, your guests will be coming from the French Trade Commission.
|King Estate International: Open Day with your favourite Arabian Horse|
We?d like to welcome one and all to our Open House this Saturday afternoon. A bbq and drinks on arrival (all free) will be followed by a presentation of some of the worlds most beautiful and accomplished Arabian, Andalusian and American Miniature horses.
The afternoon will be relaxed and enjoyable, allowing you find out how you can get involved in this amazing lifestyle.
Our mission is the establishment of friendships and partnerships that allow all Horse enthusiasts and new horse enthusiasts to enjoy the pride of owning the finest horses in the world while benefiting from expert, professional management and a relatively low cost of entry.
We guide you through the various options of horse ownership and then tailor an individual program to meet your desires. KEI provides you with a unique range of services that cover everything from showing, breeding, pleasure, and marketing. We regularly host groups of enthusiast to major events around the world, offering you all the enjoyment and lifestyle that?s just comes naturally to the horse world!
King Estate specialises in Arabian horses, however we work with all horses including managing a group of Andalusians and American miniature Horses.
We provide the solution to enriching life enhancing experiences of owning a horse. Clients can treasure their experiences with these beautiful animals without distraction while we tend to all their needs and desires.
|Young Artist with a eye for Jazz|
It is rare to find a young artist that has an eye and appreciation for the past but this is just what Daniel O?Toole, who is only 22, has in his penchant for the past greats of jazz music.
Daniel uses their images as inspiration for his art, which can be seen in the Kurrajong Village at Toque Restaurant & Café from 22nd February for a month.
|Beetroots, Cauilflowers and Ducks|
Acclaimed chef Steve Manfredi has been tantalising tastebuds as the ?Interactive Cook? for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Age websites - smh.com.au and theage.com.au.
Each week, from his own kitchen, Steve demonstrates how to prepare delicious and simple dishes that emphasise the use of fresh, seasonal and local ingredients.
Recently, Steve was asked to produce a WINTER DVD with Fairfax Digital that showcased his love of slow, comfort cooking for the winter season.
We wanted to take Steve out of his kitchen and on location to show him sourcing fine ingredients and the Hawkesbury region with its range of market gardens and gourmet suppliers seemed an ideal choice. The Hawkesbury Harvest organisation couldn't have been more helpful. We filmed at Hawkesbury Vegetable Farm with Joe Sultana and at Pepe's Duck Farm.
We had the added challenge of trying to film a winter show in the middle of steamy February!
Not only did this mean that certain winter vegetables were not yet growing, it also meant we had to get up to the Hawkesbury early enough to film in the gentle morning light before the sun began to blaze.
|WARES: a Windsor Antiques Road Show|
Viktoria Darbai from the Rocking horse Lodge and the Windsor & Hawkesbury Antiques and Collectables Trail will be holding their second Windsor Antiques Road Evaluation Show (W.A.R.E.S) on Saturday 3 March 2007. Local antique business owners will be on hand to share their knowledge and evaluate such items as jewellery, antiques, collectables, books and furniture.
John Williams from John Williams Auctions will also be on hand to answer questions about selling valuables at auction.
|Learn Landscape Painting from an expert.|
Learn from John Shields, local artist and renowned landscape painter. You can learn from John at a demonstration that coincides woth the MRAS AGM on the 13th February, Stan Stevens room the Derubbin Centre at 7.30pm.
|Berry Good Farm have closed it doors|
Berry Good Farm have decided to close it doors forever, due to lower margins.
Hawkesbury Harvest would like to thanks Tony Jones and his team at Berry Good Farm for the work they have done in assisting Hawkesbury Harvest grow in the Hornsby Shire. Tony was instrumental in opening doors and representing Hawkesbury Harvest at various meeting in the formative years of the organisation. We wish them well.
|Want to know about Value Adding your Food Product|
National Food Industry Strategy (NFIS ) Ltd invites regional food producers, and their industry supporters keen to learn from each other about opportunities to grow their business, to a workshop & conference being held in Melbourne on Monday 26th February 2007. Learn to value?add 2007 will share the success stories and lessons learned on adding value to regional food businesses, the contributions of regional food groups, and opportunities within food tourism.
Speakers will include food producers like Doug Cush whose company Bellata Gold won the Agribusiness Value?adding Award in the 2006 NAB Agribusiness Awards for Excellence; Susan Berlin (Island Pure - Sheep?s Cheese), Rod Polkinghorne (Polkinghorne?s Beef) and many more.
|Pine Crest Orchard Open Day|
John and his family are planning a big day for you at Pine Crest Orchard
They have a big crop of apples with Akane (like an early Jonathan) and Gravensteins and will be ready on Jan 20.
Pine Crest Orchard will also have Peaches, Nashi and Plums ready to pick.
Open 9.00am to 5.30pm
Sausage sizzle from 11.30
Self guided tour to see over 70 different varieties of 10 different types of deciduous fruit being grown.
Happy to answer queries re home fruit growing
You can find Pine Crest Orchard, just behind the Bilpin Public School, off Bells Line of Road on the left.
|Oysters in the House|
Hawkesbury Harvest and it members will be on show again on the 8th of February.
The NSW Farmers Federation in conjunction with regional oyster growers and wine makers have prepared for you a mouth watering delight.
Fresh oysters and matching regional wines will be available at Customs House, Circular Quay.
You will be able to unwind and experience the best Sydney Rock Oysters in NSW.
· Start in the Oyster Bar ? Taste and Rate for the Peoples Choice Award
· Move to the Regional Showcase ? Taste local wines with local Oysters
· Finish in the Rock Salt Bar ? relax on the balcony.
|Macquarie Towns Art Scoiety School Workshops|
The Macquarie Towns Arts Society's
School Holiday Art & Craft Workshop Program
1.Mon 15th Jan 10-12noon - GLASS PAINTING
2.Mon 15th Jan 1-3PM - TREASURE BOXES
3.Tues 16th Jan 10-12 - WATERCOLOURS
4.Tues 16th Jan 1-3 - POTTERY
5.Wed 17th Jan 10-12 - CARTOONING
6.Wed 17th Jan 1-3 - MASK MAKING
7.Thu 18th Jan 10-12 - DREAM CATCHERS
8.Thu 18th Jan 1-3 - JEWELLERY
9.Fri 19th Jan 10-12 - DRAWING
10.Fri 19th Jan 1-3 - PAINTING
COST: $12 per 2hr class. ALL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIED.
VENUE: HAWKESBURY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ROOM 5, CIVIC ARCADE, WINDSOR ST, RICHMOND.
BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL: 02 45 783446 (7 Days, 8.30am-7pm)
PLACES LIMITED. ALL WELCOME.
After School Art Classes for Term 1,2007 now also enrolling.
|Fun and Learning at Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens|
This summer will be absolutely fantastic at the Gardens.
Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens has put together a summer of fun and learning for big and small people.
Drive up through the Mountains and get involved.
The following is a just a snap shot of what is on.
Download the full calendar of events.
· Create Your Own Gumnut Pot
· Earth Journeys Project ? Eucalyptus Forest
· Where Lightening Strikes Sculpture Trail
· Painting with Plants
· The Birds and the Beasts
|Farm Gate Trail, extending to Penrith|
Hawkesbury Harvest and Penrith City Council are working together to extend the Farm Gate Trail into the Penrith LGA.
This is an important step in the growth of Hawkesbury Harvest and we thank Penrith City Council for trusting us to highlight the role and importance of fresh, local produce and the recreational opportunities in having access to our farms creates for the consumers at Penrith.
|Friends of the Hawkesbury Art Collection and Regional Gallery|
|Providores and Growers Wanted.|
Hawkesbury Harvest is interested in speaking with Providores and Growers to develop mutually beneficial relationship in relation to the distribution of Fresh and Value added produce.
If you are all interested in talking to us or know someone who might be interested in being involved with Hawkesbury Harvest.
Please contact Hawkesbury Harvest Food and Wine Coordinator, Carol Layton on 0406237877 or Alan Eagle, Secretary, Hawkesbury Harvest on 0415244477
|International Farm Gate Tours|
Ryan Thompson from Good Az Gold Tours last weekend and advised he was conducting a tour of the Farm Gate Trail with 10 Malaysians who are here in the Hawkesbury on a accelerated course of Management at TAFE.
Exposure to international markets are one of the keys to the Hawkesbury?s ongoing success. The Hawkesbury is on the doorstep of Sydney. It is close the water, national parks, farms and its agricultural grounds are one of the keys to it ongoing success.
Agri-Tourism is growing and international tours like these will continue to be demanded. Good one Ryan and TAFE.
|The Prawn Industry|
If you missed out on the hearing Simon Marnie (702 ABC Radio) chat with Gary Howard on a trip on the Hawkesbury river to learn about the Prawning Industry, just cut and paste this link to the ABC website and you can read the story, view the pictures and hear Gary and Simon chat about the prawning Industry.
Hawkesbury Harvest, NSW Department of State and Regional Development, DPI and NSW Tourism put on a very successful showcase of the Food, Wine and Flora from our most beautiful region.
Hawkesbury Harvest would like to thank all members, friends, volunteers who contributed time, product and other resources to make this showcase a terrific week.
I have attached the media release from the Mr John Aqualina, Member of Riverstone and Speaker for the NSW Parliament.
|Agriculture in the Hawkesbury : an Important Discusion Forum|
If you are interested in discussing the future of Agriculture and putting your point of view into the discussion please put aside the time to attend this important forum.
As you know Agriculture is a key component of the Hawkesbury and if you enjoy the freshness of your food and wine this forum is a must for you to attend.
Click on 'View Transcript' to view invitation.
|Launch of the Food and Wine Project and the 5th Edition of the FGT Map|
Hawkesbury Harvest launches Food and Wine Coordinator Project and the 5th Edition of the Farm Gate Trail.
Loxley on Bellbird Hill was the venue for a fantastic afternoon for the launch of these two very important projects.
The strength of our partners has again proved that Hawkesbury Harvest is growing.
Hawkesbury Harvest has partnered with Department of Transport and Regional Services, The Greater Western Sydney Economic Development Board, NSW Department of State and Regional Development Lend Lease /GPT for the Food and Wine Project and
Baulkham Hills Shire Council, Penrith City Council, and WestlinkM7 for future development of the Farm gate Trail.
This event also strengthens the view that fresh local produce is being demanded by the consumer.
|New Farm Gate Trail Members|
Hawkesbury Harvests 5th Edition Map has 6 new members.
Two Pick your Own (Apple and Walnut& Chestnut)
1 Jams, Sauces and Chutneys
|Collectors Plant Fair are the Winners|
|Community Garden Launch|
You are cordially invited to attend the launch of Bidjiwong Community Nursery's new urban permaculture garden on Sunday 5 November from 12 noon to 12:30 followed by a light lunch and informal gathering of seedsavers, community gardeners and permaculturists, please bring a plate of food to share.
This event is being held in conjunction with Baulkham Hills Shire Council's:
10am to 2pm
Renown Road, Baulkham Hills
Enter via Ted Horwood Reserve car park
opposite Baulkham Hills Sports Club
|Toque, Jazz and Scarecrows|
Read Toque interesting newsletter.
They have a great weekend planned with some young chefs, live music and those Kurrajong scarecrows
|Fruits of the Figure Exhibition|
Fruits of the Figure: an exhibition of drawings and paintings of the human figure by members of the Life Drawing Group, Richmond
The Life Drawing Group at Richmond are a group of artists that have been meeting at the woolshed at the UWS Richmond Campus for the last six years and this will be their fifth annual exhibition. There will be drawings and paintings on display using a variety of media, some works are on paper, most are mounted and framed. Most works will be for sale, and some artists will also have their drawing books on display. This group includes several award winning professional artists.
Life drawing is drawing a living figure from life. Drawing the human figure is considered to be one of the most difficult subjects to master and is a classic part of an artist's training.
The exhibition will be held on Saturday 4 November and Sunday 5 November between 10am and 4pm at the Stan Stevens Studio at the Deerubbin Cultural Centre, 300 George St, Windsor. All are welcome to our Opening Night on Saturday November 4, 6.30pm, to be opened by Prof. Graham Swain. For more information about this show call 4578 6015 or 4578 3991 / 0414 783 992.
The Deerubbin Cultural Centre is also the home of the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery which is currently showing (until 26 Nov) the Windsor Group Exhibition (The Windsor Group were nine young Sydney artists who painted in the inner city as well as Emu Plains, Richmond and especially Windsor between 1935 and 1945) and the Lindsay Cartoon Award (named after Norman Lindsay, judges appointed by the Norman Lindsay Gallery). Enquiries for the Gallery 4560 4434.
|Agriculture Today and Urban Agriculture|
Pick up todays Agriculture Today.
Read an interesting story on the issues facing urban agriculture and how David Mason is racing across the world , 7 countries in 7 weeks to get a quick overview of how other countries are managing this important issue..
Also featrued in this articale is a story on Fresh Local tucker being served at Sassfras Creek.
|New Farm Gate Trail Members|
The Trail is growing both in quality and variety.
Read a quick snapshot of the new members on the 5th Edition of the Farm Gate Trail Map.
|Tiny Japanese Delights|
Lochiel House are having one of their special Tiny Japanese Delights.
4 Nights only. 2nd and 3rd of November and 9th and 10th November.
Book Early for these. 02 45 677 754
A series of workshops designed to help landowners improve their soil and the productivity of their property are being offered through the DPI Office, Hawkesbury.
District agronomist. Ashley Senn, said the program is called Landscan and sessions would be delivered by experienced NSW Agriculture officers through lecture, discussion and practical in paddock demonstrations.
Book Early, Program kicks off on November 6th with more session to follow.
For more information please contact Ashley Senn 02 45 88 2100
Source: Hawkesbury Gazette 18th October.
|The Ethical Omnivore|
Is there anything left that we can eat? With all the conflicting headlines, no wonder we can't decide what to buy. Everything, it seems, is ethically, nutritionally or environmentally incorrect. Is guilt ruining our appetites?
Choosing what to eat and drink has become hard work. It¹s not simply a case of taste or price. Now we have to ask ourselves: is this good for my health?
Have animals suffered? Is it local? Organic? Bad for the planet? Harvested by child workers?
Join John Newton (SMH Food Critic), Simon Marnie (ABC Radio Presenter), Samantha Wight (Master of Gastronomy), Alex Herbert (Restaurateur, Bird Fish Cow) and Catriona Macmillan (Publisher, The Organics Directory) as they discuss the truths, myths and realities of being an ethical omnivore.
Thursday 26 October 2006 5.30 for 6.00pm
Sydney Mechanics¹ School of Arts
Level 1, 280 Pitt St, Sydney 2000
PS An omnivore is a kind of animal that eats either other animals or plants. Thats us.
02 9262 7300 email@example.com
|Congratulations: Hawkesbury Sightseeing Tours|
Read this customer feedback all the way from Singapore. Well done Janice Hart.
Once again, a big thank you to you for allowing us to so fully enjoy our day trip to Hawkesbury. Being totally city people, we have little chance of enjoying life in the country, and as Daniel (my hubby) quipped that day, the trip is educational too as it shows our toddler that oranges come from trees and not the supermarkets. The visit to the Berry Good farm is lovely - nice to understand about the workings of farming strawberries. We often buy strawberries back home but my son never showed any interest till that visit. He actually said, "I want to eat it (strawberry) now!" to our astonishment. We enjoyed ourselves tremendously at the Penrith Valley Oranges - it is such a novelty to be learn how to pluck the oranges off the trees. We had such great fun, and my kid was so happy! It's such a joy to watch his little face light up in joy as he pluck the oranges neatly off the trees - the person in charge who showed us around, Ivan, is extremely friendly and warm. He patiently showed us how oranges are harvested and plucked, and my son loved his demonstration using the machine to lift him up to pluck the oranges from the high branches. Considering he is a mere 2.5 year old and already, we believe he reaped loads from this experience, I believe an older child will gain more from this experience. It is fun even for us adults, as it is. I was naturally excited, having always wanted to experience fruit picking - my first attempt this time round leaves me thinking what other fruit orchards we could tour in future - and even my mother in law (in her late 50s) had so much fun! It is indeed a beautiful and memorable tour for us all, despite the generation differences. Thanks for the very lovely day and we know who to look for in future when we return to visit Sydney again!
|Slow Down!!....Stop!! &..Smell the aroma of Delicious Food!!!|
Slow Down!!........Stop!! &..Smell the aroma of Delicious Food!!!
Global Food Relief invites you with your family & friends to cook up a storm for a good cause
@ Hawkesbury Earth Care Centre
10 am - 1 pm , this Saturday 14th Oct '06
by being part of an exciting new fun called
Community Cooking (Cooking in group with some help & guidance from an expert cook followed by sharing & enjoying what you cooked)
What can you expect on the day?
· A sumptuous feast of delicious 6-course gourmet meal consisting of 2 delicious curries, indian bread (rotis), lentil soup, rice & dessert
· Lots of fun
· Socialising with interesting people
· Aroma that is bound to tickle your senses & ignite your appettite
What do you need to bring along?
· A chopping board & a knife
· Set of plate, cup& spoon to save the environment from plastic & paper.
· Donation of $25 (adult); $15 (student); $10 (kid); $50 (family of 2 adults and 2 kids) that will go towards a community program being announced by Global Food Relief in the Greater Western Sydney.
· Good appetite
· Spirit of Sharing & Fun
Hope to see you there....
RSVP to B.Devi@uws.edu.au
|Diana Lee Gobbitt: Exhibtion|
|Art and Art and Art|
Macquarie Towns Arts Society will be having another 3rd Sunday of the month Art Upstairs Show of paintings & craftwork for sale upstairs in the Royal Exchange Hotel in Windsor, on Sunday 22nd October,06, 10am-3pm.
Beautiful landscapes & other paintings at very reasonable prices will be on display as well as unique craft items suitable for Xmas presents, created with loving hands by local craftspeople. Vivienne Pearson's delightful hand made soft toys are a feature as well as work by award winning Porcelain Artist, Colleen Hudson. Cards & Pottery for sale too.
Malcolm Robertson will once again be drawing his exquisite quick portrait sketches for $5. Great presents for grandparents! or for the family gallery - a change from photos.
The Regional Gallery will be open so visitors could have a wonderful Windsor Art experience, by travelling from one to the next either by foot or car. PS The Windsor markets are also on.
|Flavours of the Hawkesbury|
Flavours of the Hawkesbury, at Sassafras Creek in Kurrajong Village. The idea behind it is to create a menu from as many foods as possible grown locally in the Hawkesbury region. Hawkesbury Harvest is working with Natalie to ensure this will be a success. The menu includes duck from Pepe?s farms at Freemans Reach, guinea fowl from the Game Farm at Bilpin, olives and wines from Tizzana Winery at Ebenezer, artichokes from Matthew?s farm at Maroota, other vegetable from the Hawkesbury Vegetable Farm at Wilberforce, Willowbrae Chevre goats cheese from Wilberforce, Sunshine Swiss brown mushrooms from Freemans Reach, herbs and salad mixes from Darling Mills Farm in the Hills District, free range duck eggs from Grose Vale, Kurrajong Native Foods, apple cider from Bilpin, strawberries from Enniskillen Orchard in Grose Vale, smoked meats from Value Valley Meats at Nth Richmond, and Hawkesbury River prawns. Book Early. 0245730988
|Hawkesbury Community Expo|
University of Western Sydney. Hawkesbury Campus
10am ? 4pm
Things to Do
· Courses Information UWS Hawkesbury and Richmond College of TAFE
· UWS Open facilities:
o Cafeteria (L2)
o Library (G1)
o Campus Archives (R1)
o Crime Scene House (P18)
o Student Residences Quad (R4)
· Guided Campus Tours of Historic Buildings and Gardens ? Depart Grandstand 12 noon and 1pm
· Community Arts Workshop
o Sculpture and Pottery Workshops
· Environmental Stalls and Information
· Hawkesbury Harvest Stalls
· Howard Antique Machinery display
· Models, Hobbies, Art and Craft
FOR THE KIDS:
· Baby Animal Farm
· Australian Wildlife Show
· Meet Wilbur the Pig
· Envirocraft Facemasks Workshops
Fairy Floss, Popcorn
NSW Pony Club ? Mounted Games Demonstration
Norwest Thunderdogs ? Flyball
Hawkesbury Agility Dogs
NSW Pony Club Mounted Games Demonstration
RAAF Guard Dogs Demonstration
Norwest Thunderdogs - Flyball
NSW Pony Club Mounted Games Demonstration
Hawkesbury Agility Dogs
RAAF Guard Dogs Demonstration
Norwest Thunderdogs - Flyball
NSW Pony Club Mounted Games Demonstration
|Art Program for Kids|
Macquarie Towns Arts Society will be running their Art & Craft Workshops in the October School Holidays, after the long weekend. These popular children's activities will once again be held in the Civic Arcade, Richmond, in Room 5, one of the Hawkesbury Community College class rooms.
From 3rd-13th Oct.06, the 2hr Workshops run from 10am-12noon & 1-3pm each day at $12 per session with all equipment supplied.
These holidays the Program includes Pottery, Card Making, Mobiles, Treasure Boxes, Painting, Watercolours, Cartooning, Mask Making, Dream Catchers, 2 types of Jewellery - Beading & Advanced, Drawing, and a fun new subject -Papier Mache Sculpture.
These workshops are all fun and creative. Kids can learn new skills from some of the Hawkesbury's talented Artists & Crafts People.
Bookings are essential as places are limited.
Term 4 After School Art Classes are also enroling.
For more information & to book - Ph. Deidre 0245 783446
|Live Jazz returns to Toque Restarurant|
Aussie Legends in jazz, Saxophonist, Richard Booth, together with Pianist Col Nolan; who have performed with jazz legend greats Dizzy Gillespie, The Doobie Brothers, Keith Urban, Jimmy Barnes, The Daley Wilson Big Band, Galapagos Duck & The Foreday Ryders, to name only a few, will play for your pleasure at Toque every Sunday commencing 24 September 2006 between approximately 12.30 ? 2.30pm.
A small surcharge will apply on the day.
For further details and bookings please telephone the restaurant on 45 73 2724.
Lunch bookings for this regular event will be essential.
*Conditions apply not valid in conjunction with any other promotion or offer
|Flavours of The Hawkesbury|
Sassafras Creek is celebrating Good Food Month in early October, with the Flavours of the Hawkesbury served on your plate.
Local food and wine are on the menu.
When you read the attachement you will just want to book.
|Local Jazz celebrity launches Jazz CD|
Pete McDonald is one of the Hawkesburys long standing jazz players and a very talented jazz pianist.
He's launching his self titled debut CD
at the Richmond Club (Bensons) on Wed 20th September
The nice thing about this CD is all of the music is composed by Pete and all but one of the band are jazz club members and residents of the Hawkesbury/Penrith area..
It just means that not only does the Hawkesbury have great produce, gardens, restaurants, wineries and galleries.. there's also a wealth of artistic talent out this way -
The drummer on the CD is a 20 year old girl from Pitt Town - Ali Foster - she really swings and her talent got her into the Sydney Conservatorium as the Con's first female drum student - no mean achievement, as there's only about four places available.. she must have impressed at audition!
|Sugarcane Growers can help!|
Do you know any Sugar Cane Growers. SAAB need some to promote the alternative fuel ethanol.
We are calling out to growers in NSW for assistance in helping contribute
to this display. We therefore require 40-60 sugarcanes at a length of 6ft
each. So long as the cane is cut, we can organise to have these collected
from wherever is necessary in late October.
Please contact George Paradisis of Saab Australia on 03 9916 5034 or at
|Toque's New Spring Menu|
Toque has done it again.
They have created this most wonderful menu for you for Spring.
The village at Kurrajong is so nice at this time of the year.
|Table of ATE|
One of Hawkesbury Harvest's newest members Urban Graze runs a cooking schools at Kellyville. Last Saturdat after the Markets they ran a special session with thier budding chefs. Read on:
A class that is inspired by the produce available at the Hawkesbury Harvest Grower?s Market held in Castle Hill. This monthly class is a study in spontaneity as the students are unaware of what they will be preparing until that very evening.
This past Saturday?s class revealed beautiful food that was simple to prepare and very seasonal. We began the class with a showing of the bounty that was purchased that morning and discussed different preparation methods. The class decided to create four courses.
|New Market, New Opportunity|
Hawkesbury Harvest would like to introduce this opportunity to you if your grow or value add produce grown in and around Sydney.
The invitation below is from John Newton, President of the Sydney Farming Network.
If you wish to participate, please read the below and if you know a producer in the Sydney Region let them know of this opportunity. I have attached the application form.
If you do not know anyone you grows just put the 13th October in your Diary and go and consume, Sydney?s own grown produce.
Dear Sydney farmer - with this letter please find your application form for a stall at the Sydney Farmers Market which will begin at the Entertainment Quarter (EQ) Farmers Produce Market site on Friday 13th October and run every Friday until Friday 20th April 2007 (The site of the Markets is a the old Fox Studios, now known as the EQ)
|Carolyn Clarke Exhibition: Your Invited|
|Umbria: The Greenheart of Italy|
In this, her second exhibition at Breewood Gallery, Hawkesbury based Enid Colquhoun, present works on papers which were undertaken during recent field studies in the beautiful Italian heartland of Umbria and part of adjoining Tuscany.
Whilst the landscape is distinctive, the essence of agricultural heritage and bucolic lifestyle has parallels with our own region and comparatively recent history.
Join Enid at Breewood Gallery (310 Windsor St Richmond) for the opening at 6pm Saturday 2nd September.
Everyone is welcome
|Fathers Day at Toque|
As you are no doubt aware Father's Day is this Sunday 3 September and many of you would have been planning activities for Dad's big day for some weeks now.
Father's Day is usually a very hectic day for all concerned but also can be a beautiful time when families come together just for the love of it.
So, let us take care of the food!!!
|Plein Air Art Prize and Exhibition|
Just over 30 artists have been out in the Hawkesbury creating their Plein Air art. The Laurie Wood Plein Art completion, carrying a prize of $1000 will be judge on opening night.
This special exhibition is being held on the 25- 27 August from 10 to 4 Friday, at the Stan Stevens Studio, Deerubbin Centre, 300 George St, Windsor.
The Official Opening and announcement of the $1000 prize will be made at 7.30pm Friday 25th. Entry is free. Food and Wine. Help us to celebrate the beauty of our area and to remember Laurie while congratulating the Prizewinner. The car park will remain open until 8.30pm.
Laurie Wood was a resident of Kurrajong Heights where her garden was well known. She ran an Art Gallery in Kurrajong Village and was a member of 3 local art organisations until she died in November 2005. She painted Plein Air with her friend and neighbour Jocelyn Maughan who will judge the artworks with Laurie?s cousin, Artist Jeff Rigby. The event will be opened by Laurie?s friend Jean Smail.
PS You can purchase the works of art over the whole weekend.
This breakfast on the the 4th September is a must for thos interested in bio technology.
You'll be inspired by this bio technology for sustainable agriculture.
$50.00 will get this inspired presentation an a great breakfast. It is early (7am) in Sydney.
|Yanco Organic Workshop|
|Smart Irrigation Technologies for Saving Potable Water on Vegetable Farms|
The University of Western Sydney is looking farmers to take part in this important project.
If you are interested please read on:
Participants need to be currently using potable water for vegetable growing, and have an interest in reducing their water use.
Two different systems will be installed and water savings from using these systems monitored. These systems are the Kapillary Irrigation Sub-Surface System and the Irrigation Water Recycling System.
The cost of the systems and installation will be heavily subsidised by the project, and all equipment will become the property of the farmers at the completion of the project.
Anyone interested in finding out more about participation in this project should contact Associate Professor Basant Maheshwari on 45701235.
|Hawkesbury and Beyond: a John Rice Exhibition.|
Breewood Gallery is proud to announce a new John Rice Exhibition.
If you value fantastic oil paintings of your Hawkesbury then don?t miss this exhibition.
Come along to the opening at Breewood Gallery, 310 Windsor St, Richmond on the 12th August at 6pm.
You will get a chance to meet and speak with the artist.
These local paintings will go quickly, be early.
Contact Alan Leek at Breewood on 45 789100
|Congratulations Tizzana et al|
The Hawkesbury's accommodation sector was well represented at this years Hotel Motel and Accommodation Association (HMAA) Accommodation Industry Awards for Excellence awards night held in Sydney last Friday night (4
HMAA is recognised as the leading authority for Excellence in the Accommodation Industry. The Association recognises that many accommodation operators work tirelessly to improve the standard of product in the industry and provide excellent accommodation facilities for their guests, and follow ''best practice" procedures in the operation of their business. (Self Contained 4-5 Star).
Macquarie Towns Arts Society inc. artists & craftspeople will be holding a series of Exhibitions & Art Sales in rooms upstairs at the Royal Exchange Hotel, George St, Windsor, on the third Sunday each month.
Initially used for table tennis & billiards, 2 large rooms have been generously offered to the Arts Society to show & sell their art & craftworks.
Local Artists will also be in attendence, some giving demonstrations of painting, drawing and crafts & to talk about their work. Information on Art events in the area will also be available. You can find out how to join the Arts
Society & attend their many Art activities.
The first Art Upstairs show at the Royal Exchange Hotel will be on Sunday 20th August,06, 10am-3pm.
Everyone is welcome. Entry is free.
For more inf ph. 45 782770.
|Mandarins: Ford Farm|
|Sydney Retirement Living and Lifestlye Expo - Rose Hill|
The Annual Sydney Retirement and Lifestyle Expo is on again, full of great options for retirement living. Last year?s Expo was a huge success receiving high acclaim from visitors and exhibitors alike. This year?s Expo will again be held at the fabulous Rosehill Gardens Racecourse Event Centre from July 28 to 30 with the added benefits for visitors of FREE PARKING.
Renaissance Rocking Horse have invited Hawkesbury Harvest and Tourism Hawkesbury onto their stand the promote the Farm Gate Trail and the Region.
Thankyou Viktoria and Chris.
This most beautiful flower springs to life in Winter.
Ingrid, your host, will tell you all about this fantastic flower.
There will be expert advice available on the weekend on how to look after the Helleborus and how to grow it.
While having your free light refreshments have a chat with the grower.
You can now download an order from direct from the Helleborus Down Under Website. (Go to the Catalogue Page)
Your journey to the Helleborus Nursey at Bilpin (turn left off Bells Line of Road at Mountain Lagoon Road) will take you through some of the best picturesque country.
This is a great event this weekend.
|How to Market your Business in a Shoestring Budget.|
The next workshops in this series is starting on the 24th July.
Down load the attached document to find out all about it.
The first one is called "Low Cost Ways to Market Your Tourist Oriented Business and All About Baby Boomers" and is at
6pm to 9pm at the Sebel for $30 member of the Windsor Business Group and $40 for not Members.
|Regional Gallery Fundraising Dinners|
Jennifer Wittman took produce from the Farm Gate Trail and created a very special menu for a Fundraising Event for the Regional Gallery.
Please contact Jennifer Wittmann if you would like to attend our next fund raising dinner.
M. 0416 082 681 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out the recipe page on the website for the meal (3 recipes)you missed out on.
|Hawkesbury Sightseeing Tours joins Hawkesbury Harvest.|
Welcome aboad, Janice and your team.
When you engage Hawkesbury Sightseeing Tours you will discover the historic Hawkesbury while visiting historic places, local wineries, farm gate outlets or artists of various descriptions.
Small Group Tours are Janice speciality and are tailored for each group. (Minimum numbers apply)
Contact Janice and let her know if you have any particular place you wish to visit and she will organise it for you. Otherwise, choose the tour you want to go on and leave all the planning to Janice.
Janice Hart. 0245 751421
|Camellia Tea Festival|
Saturday 22nd July to 6th August.
Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens
A celebration of camellias, one the world?s most popular plants and tea, the worlds most popular beverage made from its leaves.
Camellias plants and information displays
Daily Screening of Robert Fortunes ? The Tea Thief
Tea in Australia Workshops ($20.00)
Booking 0245 672154
|Lochiel House: Spanish Night: This will be special|
Don't miss out on this:
Lochiel House presents their Spanish Speciality Night, they are offering Seafood Paella with a glass of Sangría, for $40 per person.
6pm -9pm on Thursday 27th & Friday 28th July
6pm -9pm on Thursday 3rd & Friday 4th August
Please call or email to reserve a table.
Contact Monique and Anthony on 0245677754
|Hawkesbury Community Expo|
The Hawkesbury Community Expo is on again on the 23rd September. It will be held on the oval. Last year just on 5000 people arrived and had a great day, but it was spread out a bit and this year it will be contained to the oval.
Hawkesbury Harvest are again managing the stalls, we have a good list but are looking to fill the place with stalls. If you have a produce and you wish to participate please us at email@example.com.
Some conditions apply.
|Your Land, Your Life Style, Our Hawkesbury.|
A very important forum will be held on Sunday 27th August. Please place this date in your diary if you value where you live.
The forum will allow you to discuss a range of topical important social, cultural and environmental issues.
For further information you can download the attached flyer.
|Breakfast at Toque: Yum.|
Toque will be opening for breakfast from tomorrow, (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Get along and enjoy these beautiful mornings where the valley meets the mountains in the Kurrajong Village:
During the month of July two people can enjoy lunch off the a la carte menu at Toque on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for only $50.00; includes a complimentary glass of house wine. Conditions apply, of course, and you cannot use this offer in conjunction with any other.
Telephone: 45 732724.
|Sustenance For Your Eyes An exhibition of paintings by Dorothée Heibel|
Sassafras Creek is delighted to announce a new exhibition of paintings by Dorothée Heibel.
The Opening will be held on Thursday 29th June with drinks and canapes served from 7pm.
The evening has been sponsored by Tamburlaine Vineyard from the Hunter Valley, who have supplied stunning organically grown wines.
Dorothée?s acrylic paintings are fresh, colourful and spontaneous, reflecting her enormous enthusiasm for life. She was born in Switzerland and now lives in the Hunter Valley. Her brightly coloured works, mostly on canvas, display an irrepressible energy and revel in the interaction of colour and texture.
Dorothée has won several awards, has worked on commissions and her paintings are held in private collections in Europe, the United States and Australia. Her major aspirations are to continue to develop her style, to explore new media and to make herself and others happy through her original, positive works of art.
|The Classic Cassoulet is back on the menu!|
Lochiel House is proud to announce The Classic Cassoulet is back on the menu!
Come in from the cold and be warmed by the open fires, a glass of 1999 Pattersons Pinot Noir (Mount Barker, WA), and our traditional French Cassoulet with Duck Confit, Toulouse Sausage & Pork Belly.
Don?t Miss out on this contact Monique and Tony quickly. 4567 7654
|Tanglin Lodge Open Day 12th June|
Come and Join Cheryl and Geoff and their Alpaca on the fabulous Open Day. They are both expert in every facet of Alpacas.
You will be able to cuddle and Cria (A Baby Alpaca), get a tour of the farm and have a morning tea and browse through the Alpaca merchandise.
It is a great day for all the family.
Cheryl or Geoff on 0419548242
The Farm is at 128 Tennyson Road, Tennyson.
For a tour any other time telephone first.
Looking for a warm place to eat in the middle of July.
The award winning Loxley on Bellbird Hill is hosting a Yule Fest.
Great food at a great place
This mid year festival is value for money. Enjoy the magnificent views while sipping on your wine and tasting that famous Loxley cuisine.
Book early seats are limited.
Check out the menu for day.
|Toque: A new Verandah and a new Menu|
Toque now has a covered verandah, new verandah flooring and new exterior paintwork. Wow, we're looking BEAUTIFUL!
We no longer have to worry about the weather when taking bookings for individuals or groups on the verandah. It can rain, hail or shine and you'll be covered and best of all, the verandah and the dining room still have magnificent uninterrupted sweeping views of the Sydney Basin.
Much is happening at Toque this coming June ............read on
|Smoke, Salt, Skin - A Smallgoods & Charcuterie Festival on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September|
|Harvest Goes to Canada and Investors see a future in Fresh Food.|
In the June edition of Agriculture today Hawkesbury Harvest Members, David mason and Ian Knowd along with Ian Sinclair from UWS are off to Canada as co authors of a paper titled Growing Food, Growing Houses.
In the same edition read about investors partnering with Hawkesbury Harvest.
Read the attached document to find out more
|Small Farms can be successful|
Small farmer Australian agriculture's first lady By Michael Thomson - Australia Wednesday, 24 May 2006
A farmer with just four hectares who has changed the face of the bush foods industry has taken out the first ever national RIRDC Rural Women's Award.
Martha Shepherd, from Queensland's Sunshine Coast, pipped West Australian broadacre farmer and biodiesel producer, Bev Logue, for the national title.
The award of high prestige was presented at a gala dinner in Canberra last night.
Sponsored by Rural Press, the RIRDC Rural Women's Awards are designed to recognise the contribution of women in agriculture, encourage further participation in industry, and provide finalists with further training to bolster their abilities.
Seven impressive and inspirational women state winners were in line for the national prize, including Heather Baldock, broadacre farmer, SA; Heather Chong, summerfruit producer, Tas; Janette Hintze, cut flowers, NT; Yvonne Jennings, farm machinery business, Vic; and Kate Schwager, cotton farmer, NSW.
But the glory went to Ms Shepherd, who has in less than 10 years converted a bare small block into a rainforest of native food and fruit trees.
|Members win Awards|
Congratulations Loxely on Bellbird Hill, A winner and a finalist. Loxley on Bellbird Hill were awarded the following awards.
Winner of Western Sydney Industry Awards for Regional Excellence in Outstanding Service, 2006 and Finalist in the AHA Awards for Excellence, Sales & Marketing Employee of the Year, Erin O?Connor, 2006
Strali Web. Our fantastic web designer won the Regional Excellence award for Outstanding Regional Promotion.
If you are looking for a website designer and developer you can't goe past Stralia Web.
Congratulations to all, we are all winners.
|Business for Sale|
An ABC listener contact Hawkesbury Harvest and was wondering is any member wanted to diversify their business.
This could be an opportunity.
The Statue Shop was established in October 1983 and has become a major supplier of garden ornaments and statuary to the nursery industry in the Sydney, Wollongong and Hunter regions.
We specialise in smaller pieces that can be easily transported by the end buyer.We currently have a product range in excess of 700 items with moulds and/or masters for many more.
This business is currently being run by the principal and one full-time employee, although the work could easily be re-arranged to allow for use of casual workers.We have successfully operated in the past with a team of women carrying out the manufacturing roles.
Formal agreements in place with two major nursery chains and most of the major nurseries in the region.
|Edna Marion Watson & Friends Exhibtion, St Albans Gallery|
This exhibition comprises a diverse range of work by artists: Edna Mariong Watson; her husband Allan Watson; her son Ian Bundeluk Watson; her daughter Leanne Mulgo Wright; and close friend Kevin ?Chief? Pierpoint. The Watson family and friends are integral to the richly evolving arts of the Darug people of the Hawkesbury Region. Growing in reputation, their works can be found in galleries and private collections that span the continent and the globe.
For more information see Events page on website.
Runs from 3rd June to the 9th July
|Local Produce at Fundraising Dinner|
An opportunity exist for members and friends to be involved in a fund raising event for the Regional Gallery.
You produce and products will be highlighted during these intimate dinners every 6 weeks. The aim is to sell corporate and individual memberships to the Gallery.
Attending their first dinner will be Graeme Blondel who will inform our guests about his collection.
Entertainment by a local harpist and young students from Bede Polding College on acoustic guitar.
The dinner will be on Tuesday 30/5/06. 18 people will be attending (15 paying $110 pp).
Menu for your perusal.
Goats cheese and onion marmalade croutons.
Mini asparagus quiche.
Smoked salmon timbales.
Avocado, spanish onion, coriander, chilli and lemon.
|Packing Shed Patchwork Launches Website|
Larna Ezzy has created a most beauitiful website.
If you have not visited the Packing Shed, here are some of the words direct from the website. It sounds and is a most delightful place to visit.
"Packing Shed Patchwork is located on a beautiful rural property in the picturesque Grose Vale, part of the lower Blue Mountains region of NSW. The old fruit packing shed, as it is known, on the Ezzys? old family property, has undergone a makeover and a knew lease of life. My husband Don and I gave the old girl a facelift and turned it into a delightful venue complete with chandeliers, large sunny windows overlooking the garden, antique furniture and an exterior portico providing a shady spot for a cuppa.
This ideal venue is the perfect location to do workshop weekends in crazy patchwork or term classes in patchwork and quilting. I teach the old fashioned way, by hand.
Hand patchwork, quilting and appliqué are the techniques I teach along with embroidery and embellishment work used in crazy patchwork."
Don't miss a visit to this website.
|a FRESH approach to the Hawkesbury|
Geoff Jansz takes a FRESH look at the food of the Hawkesbury.
After some extensive work between Tourism Hawkesbury Inc and Channel Nines' "FRESH", Australia's favourite cooking show had the privilege of spending 3 beautiful days touring parts of the Hawkesbury River which will highlight our beautiful region over two full days of the program.
Host, Geoff Jansz, got to see first hand the "Sensational regional produce, and the beautiful 'getaway' spots available throughout the district."
In total the FRESH team filmed interviews, recipe's, and also location stories, which make up the 2 shows that will appear at 11.30am, Channel 9 on Friday 19th May, and Monday 22nd May 2006.
For all recipes please visit the FRESH website: www.ninemsn.com.au where there will be 'live' video's of the recipe's.
or you can call for a fact sheet: 1900 996 996 (call costs $2.75 inc GST.)
Our thanks go to Channel Nine and the producer of FRESH for their interest and support which will no doubt go a long way to supporting both the food industry and tourism in the Hawkesbury Region. The exposure that this program will give to the region is simply something we could not have afforded to buy.
Please be sure to watch CHANNEL NINE at 11.30am, Channel 9 on Friday 19th May, and Monday 22nd May 2006.
|Toque; A Mothers Day Trifecta: Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch|
David has been working his fingers to the bone creating a new winter menu and, of course, a mother's day lunch menu ......... now, these are complete!!
As mother's day is such a busy day for most families we have decided to open early on Sunday morning and will serve breakfast or brunch between 9am and 11am.
From 11am onwards we will discontinue the breakfast & brunch menu and it will be replaced with the lunch menu. I have attached a copy of the lunch menu for your perusal.
We still have tables available for lunch on Sunday but it would be advisable to book on our restaurant telephone number: 45 73 2724.
Our new winter menu should be running this weekend. There are some amazingly beautiful dishes on this menu. So, pop into the restaurant and have a look when you're next passing. We have also added a couple of new wines to compliment our wine list.
For restaurant club members who have been patiently waiting on dates for cooking classes we now have two scheduled, ie 1.00pm on Wednesday 7 June 2006 and 6.30pm on Thursday 8 June 2006.
If you have, at all, been tempted to attend a cooking class don't leave it too long to book as they are extremely popular and fill quickly.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all the mums a very happy mothers' day on Sunday and we will look forward to seeing in the restaurant again soon.
We have some specials heading your way for the month of June - will email you again towards the end of May with details.
Barbara and the Toque Team
|Loxley a Finalist: What a success story|
Loxley on Bellbird Hill's outstanding success continues with Loxley's very own Wedding & Events Manager, Erin O'Connor becoming a finalist in the AHA (Australian Hotel Association) Sales & Marketing Employee of the Year.
The AHA Awards are being held at Hilton Hotel right now (Friday 12th May 2006.)
The following Friday (19th May) Loxley will be showcased once again at the Western Sydney Industry Awards, held at the Sydney Super Dome by becoming finalist in two categories:
Regional Excellence, Outstanding Service
Leader in Business Practice, Environmental & Energy Management.
Good Luck Erin and Loxley.
As you can see below Loxley is a class venue and has staff that are recognised inside and outside the Hawkesbury.
Their Christmas in July Menu is attached. Booking are essential.
Winner of Parramatta Regional Awards for Excellence in Sales & Marketing 2005
Western Sydney Vocational Excellence Award for Contribution & Support for School Based Trainees 2005
Highly Commended Western Sydney Industry Awards Regional Excellence in Outstanding Regional Promotion 2005
Highly Commended Western Sydney Industry Award; Entrepreneur of The Year 2004
Winner of Hawkesbury Excellence in Business Presentation for Ten or more employees 2004.
Winner of Western Sydney Industry Awards for Tourism Most Outstanding Contribution To Western Sydney Tourism by a Small Business 2003
Winner of Western Sydney Industry Awards for Excellence in Tourism, Meetings and Business Tourism 2003
Winner of the HMAA Best Short Break Accommodation in NSW for 2003
Finalist Australian Post Award Small Business NSW / ACT 2003
Business Advisory Service Inc. Best Home Based Business of the Year Award 2003
Winner of Western Sydney Industry Awards for Excellence in Tourism, Hosted Accommodation 2002
|Hawkesbury Heritage Landscape Seminar|
This Autumn the Australian Garden History Society is organising the Hawkesbury Heritage Landscape Seminar. The event will be centred at the Hawkesbury Campus of the University of Western Sydney at Richmond.
Talks will be presented in the mornings of both days and there will be private garden visits in the afternoons. On Saturday the open gardens will be in Windsor and the Grose Vale area, while on Sunday the open gardens will be in Kurrajong Heights.
Illustrated talks on maintaining old trees, Hawkesbury history, medieval gardens, Hardy Wilson, and early Hawkesbury landscape artists.
Day and weekend tickets available but bookings are essential. Profits from event directed to AGHS garden conservation projects.
Last years seminar funds are helping pay for repairs to 19th century garden books in the Royal Botanic Gardens library in Sydney.
02 9569 3417
0402 384 199
See attached flyer for more information.
|Lochiel House release a fantastic Autumn Menu|
Lochiel House has released a fantastic Autumn menu.
Once you read you will be able to taste it.
Tony and Monique have created this wonderful fare just for you.
|Minister to Open Prints of Nature Exhibition.|
The Hon. Diane Beamer, MP will open this fine exhibtion on the 13th May at 10.30am at Fernbrook Garden and Botancial Art Gallery.
You are more than welcome to attend, just come along and enjoy a most beautiful gallery that over looks the famous Garden.
For full details on the Exhibtion see below.
NEW BOTANICAL ART EXHIBITION
Fernbrook Garden & Botanical Art Gallery
PRINTS OF NATURE
May 12 - 28
Over 40 Limited Edition Prints on exhibition
For the first time in the Sydney region, an exhibition of limited edition prints of works by leading contemporary Botanical Artists from NSW and Victoria will be on display at this region?s only Botanical Art Gallery.
10% of gallery commission is to be donated to cancer research
Works will include Telopea speciosissima Waratah and Grevillea beadleana Beadles Grevillea by David Mackay.
Amanita muscaria Fly agaric fungi and Diospyros kaki Persimmons by Beverly Allen
|Country Of Origin Study Shows High Costs For Industry|
A new study released today shows it would cost Australians $120 million a year to extend country-of-origin labelling to canned or packaged food that includes two or less principal whole fruit or vegetable products.
The report also shows that only 10 per cent of consumers would appreciate the extra information about the origin of the ingredients, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health and Ageing, Christopher Pyne, said.
?The Australian Government, with the agreement of the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council, directed Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to undertake a comprehensive impact analysis on the costs and benefits of the proposed extension of labeling requirements,? Mr Pyne said.
|2nd Collectors Plan Fair a Success|
The second Collectors' Plant Fair in Bilpin was once again a great success with thousands of plants changing hands between 47 specialist plant growers and thousands of enthusiastic plant people in an atmosphere buzzing with excitement.
The beautiful mountain property of Woodgreen and two days of brilliant autumn sunshine provided the perfect setting. With a backdrop of cattle grazing, plentiful dams and wooded slopes, colourful plant stalls abounding with a huge variety of unusual plant treasures were arrayed in a sunny paddock and beneath an avenue of pines.
|Launch of Hawkesbury Escapes|
Mayor Baulkham Hills Shire Council, Ms Sonya Phillips will launch the new visitors Guide, Hawkesbury Escapes 11th May at 11.30 at the ?The Retreat? at Wisemans Ferry.
This new regional visitors guide captures everything your visitors need in the Hawkesbury, accommodation, attractions, things to do, places to eat. Everything from the sea through to the mountains and a bit beyond.. It has a real regional flavour.
|Federal Minister visits Agri Tourism Business|
Hawkesbury Harvest member John Maguire from Enniskillen Orchard was invited, by the Hawkesbury City Chamber of Commerce to meet with the Federal Minister for Small Business and Tourism, the Hon Fran Bailey MP on Wednesday 3rd May 2006 at the Orchard.
The Minister, Local Federal Member Kerry Bartlett and John was joined by
Barry Crockford, President of the Hawkesbury City Chamber of Commerce
Larna Ezzy from Packing Shed patchwork
Ivan and Lyn Glover from Penrith Valley Oranges
Bill Shields from Shields Orchard
Cedric Leathbridge from Bilpin Springs Orchard
They discussed the future of Agri Tourism and the Farm Gate Trail. The minister promised to send through the strategies that were successful in getting the Yarra Valley, in Victoria moving, particularly resisting too much development.
|Hawkesbury Harvest response to Hawkesbury Citys Councils Cultural Plan|
Hawkesbury City Council has drafted a Cultural Plan to recognise and develop the cultural life of the City.
The Plan seeks to create actions to have Council consider culture as part of their core business, to develop networks around a cultural precinct, to encourage programs that value history and heritage, to integrate cultural industries into local planning, and to celebrate the Hawkesbury's cultural landscape and its role in local identity.
Hawkesbury Harvest is very interested in the plan and its ability to assist us in working to retain the agri-cultural heritage, amenity and aesthetic qualities of the Hawkesbury landscape. We believe that farming has been a significant force in forming our regional landscape and that this force needs to be recognised and fostered if future generations of residents are to enjoy what we currently have as a cultural asset in the Hawkesbury.
|Historic Windsor Visitors Guide hits the Road|
Pat Salgado, from 'a minor production' has published a fantastic visitors guide with a focus on Windsor and its surrounds.
A feature on Hawkesbury Harvests Farm Gate Trail is included with the Farm Gate Trail making one of the top ten things to do around Windsor and the Region.
Some Hawkesbury Harvest members have taken up the marketing opportunity. Congratulations.
For further detail read on.
|May Specials at Toque Restaurant|
During the month of May ONLY Toque Restaurant will slash the cost of dining at Kurrajong's premium restaurant.
All entrees will be reduced to $14.00 and all mains will be reduced to $25.00 and you can BYO.
So............don't let this special opportunity to sample some expertly and lovingly prepared Mediterranean cuisine slip by without taking advantage of it. Why not gather together some close friends and some good wine from the cellar and book a table.
Open: Lunch Wed-Sun; Dinner Wed-Sat; Brunch Sat & Sun. Bookings recommended. Ph: 02 45 73 2724.
85 Old Bells Line of Road, Kurrajong Village.
|Low Cost Marketing Techniques for Tourist Oriented Businesses and All About Baby Boomers|
Learn techniques for targeting your specific markets that are low
cost and learn about baby boomer behaviour and what they expect
from a tourism experience.
The workshop title is "Low Cost Marketing Techniques for Tourist
Oriented Businesses and All About Baby Boomers" a joint initiative
of the Windsor Business Group and Hawkesbury City Council.
Date is Wednesday, 19 April at the Sebel Resort and Spa 6-9pm
Cost is $30 for members and $40 for non members
Includes workbook and supper.
Trainer is Viktoria Darabi, with considerable experience with Baby
Boomers through her Rocking Horse Making Classes for this age
group. Her classes are booked out twelve months in advance.
Places filling fast, please call Viktoria on 4577-8697 to book
|Lochiel House: Special Opening Hours for Easter|
Lochiel House has extened it operating hours to look after you for Easter.
Tony will be preparing those fabulous Hot Cross Buns.
Book early this is a special experience.
|Collectors Plant Fair featured in 'Your Garden' Magazine|
If you have not got this date in your Diary you are almost too late. One of the premier events in the Mountains this Autumn is the Collectors Plant Fair on the 22nd & 23rd April 2005 at ?Woodgreen? Powells Road Bilpin. (See the Events Section of the Website for further Details)
The Event has been featured in the ?Your Garden? magazine for Autumn.
An event run by two winners of the NSW Horticulturist of the Year must be excellent.
Book early and go and pick up your copy of the ?Your Garden? to get an independent and expert view of this unique event.
Beth Stokes said ?The Sydney garden shows were not particularly attractive venues, so we wanted to present plans in a garden setting and have a venue where people could carry away their purchases easily. We wanted the fair to be plant focussed, with rare unusual and distinctive plants, and to appeal to a gardening audience that wants to buy good plants?
Woodgreen is a most beautiful property. This event is a must.
|Toque is off to Italy|
Toque is still Travelling the World on a Plate. On the 30th March they are off to Italy.
If you are a lover of Italian food then this will be the menu for you. Toque advises you to book early as once notice of this is placed on the boards at the front of the restaurant they will begin to receive bookings.
Contact Barbara or David on 02 4573 2724
|BOTANICAL ART CLASSES 2006|
FERNBROOK GARDEN & GALLERY
2 QUEEN STREET KURRAJONG HEIGHTS 2758
PH/FAX 4567 7330
TUTOR Elaine Musgrave
Please note: All classes are limited to 6 students. Payment in advance.
All levels of experience welcome
MONDAY CLASSES ? EACH COURSE OF 5 WEEKS DURATION 9.30 AM ? 4 PM
Course Two, 5 consecutive Mondays
May 29th, June 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th.
Course Three, 5 consecutive Mondays
October 16th, 23rd, 30th, Nov 6th, & 13th.
Morning and afternoon tea provided. Tea and coffee available throughout the day
Cost: $400 per course
3 DAY WORKSHOPS ? TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY 9.30 AM ? 4 PM
Workshop 2 May 2nd , 3rd, 4th
Workshop 3 August 8th, 9th, 10th.
Morning and afternoon tea provided ? tea and coffee available throughout the day.
Lunch provided Tuesday and Wednesday.
Lunch at ?Lochiel House? Kurrajong Heights on Thursday - 1 hour ? Students own expense
Cost: $ 255 per course
Local accommodation can be arranged if required.
|Thank you Members|
The board of Hawkesbury Harvest would like to thank the following members for their support in donating product to their hamper for the Tourism night at Baulkham Hills Shire Council.
Pine Crest Orchard
Tutti Fruitti at Bilpin
Kurrajong Australian Native Foods
and the Hawkesbury Harvest Volunteers.
|Easter Eggs from Kashmir|
At 2pm Saturday 4/3 at Breewood Gallery, 310 Windsor Street, Richmond.
Brewwod Gallery will break open our new delivery of hand painted wooden Easter eggs.
Breewood Gallery have shown these eggs, which they appropriated for Easter for 14 years and this year they want to share the excitement they always feel when the new designs arrive from Kashmir. Some of these designs are over 400 years old.
Breewood Gallery will hold an opening, like our normal exhibition openings, with wine etc., but break the seals of the four large baskets that contain the eggs (and lots of paper packing)
Be there at this unique events. Get in early for the special handpainted eggs.
|Training Course for Farmers and some Bad news|
First for the good news - Our figures show that from March 2001 to December 2005, 2372 farmers in the Sydney Region have attended Chemical Application courses. Of these, 1062 had limited English language and literacy and needed bilingual support. These courses have been funded by NSW Dept Education and Training, Environmental Trust, Farmbiz and Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL).
Although the majority of these farmers had never attended any training before (and in some cases had no formal education) they gained the confidence to ask for and attend further training in areas such as environmental management, water management, quality assurance and fertiliser use. Almost 700 farmers have now attended such courses, funded by NSW Dept Education and Training, NSW Dept Primary Industries and Dept Environment and Conservation.
AND ....53 Chinese and Vietnamese market gardeners have gone on to complete their full Certificate III in Agriculture through Tocal College. A further 30 growers are expected to complete the Certificate in 2006.
Apart from the organisations mentioned above the training program has been actively supported by University of Western Sydney, NSW Dept of Health, Nepean Migrant Access, TAFE NSW, Local Councils, Rural Training Council of Australia, Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Mgt Authority, Horticulture Australia, NSW Farmers, NSW Freegrowers, Greenhouse Veg Australia, Cambodian Growers Association, NSW Chinese Growers and Australian Vietnamese Vegetable Growers.
The bad news is that the lettuce aphid Nasonavia ribis-nigri has now been detected in the Sydney region and will no doubt be as much of a headache for the growers as it has been in New Zealand, Tasmania and Victoria. Please note details on the Calendar for a meeting next Monday in Penrith to give lettuce growers information about the pest.
Finally - a number of people have asked me about the computer training for Maltese growers planned for Richmond area - there are still a few places and details are on the calendar.
Download the attached file for details.
|Work Placement: Thanks|
Last month I asked if you could assist in helping the young students of the Hawkesbury. Some of you have agreed to take some students on board for work placements. Thanks.
The Schools Industry Partnership program stil needs to assist year 11 and 12 find work placement opportunities over the next three years
If you could you offer students experiences in one or more of the following?
· Primary Industry
· Business Services
· Metal & Engineering
· Information Technology
Please contact either Jeanne or Katie if you can help.
Jeanne Young - Workplace Manager
Katie McCall - Workplace Coordinator
Phone: 47248783 or 47248778
|Invitation to attend Baulkham Hills Tourism Networking Night.|
You are personally invited to a Networking Night with a difference.
Please see attached Invitation for further details. This event is scheduled for 1 March 2006 with free drinks and canapés served during the evening.
The event is free of charge and is a perfect opportunity to meet your fellow Tourism Operators, Government Representatives, Tourism Networks and Key Industry Stakeholders. Proudly hosted by Baulkham Hills Shire Council and Sydney Hills Tourism.
Let?s find out ways we can raise the profile of our region as a prime tourism destination and look to the future.
Hawkesbury Harvest will be attending and we have been asked to provide a Hawkesbury Harvest Hamper on the night.
If you can spare some fresh produce, valued added product or wine. Please let us know. Any promotional material you have will be included in the Hamper.
|Food Bytes Newsletter.|
|Talai Estate Winery is picking their crop.|
David Moss (Talai Estate Winery) are harvesting now and for the next two weeks after which they will begin the processing of the vintage. David has said he welcomes visitors during this time and if you want to get involved let him know.
This can be a fun time. If you are interested please can contact David on
02 45 728 493
|David Mason on the Radio Saturday and Sunday.|
David mason will be doing the normal what?s Fresh on the Farm gate Trail with Simon Marnie on ABC 702 Weekends on Saturday at 6.35am and he will also be appearing on the Sunday show at 11 am on a panel including John Newton, food writer on Sydney?s food wine culture and Hugh Wenibon as well know Chef.
They will be discussing Food and Wine and the role of Hawkesbury Harvest.
David will also be talking about some of the industries associated with Hawkesbury Harvest.
|Yellow Tail Wine: by Winsor Dobbin|
The Casella family has sold more than 280 million bottles of [yellow tail] since 2001.
Yellow Tail Wine, what a success story, click on the link to read about what is possible in Agriculture.
|Charlton's Creek Studio Gallery: Open for Business|
|Travel the world on a plate|
Over the next few months Toque has scheduled a number of tasting menus which we have titled, "Travel the World on a Plate". They will feature food from several different cultures and will be run on a Thursday evening.
The first of these tasting menus will be held on Thursday 2 February 2006 and is an Indian Tasting Menu, and the second tasting menu will be held on Thursday 2 March 2006 and is a French Tasting Menu.
You can contact us on 02 4572 3724
Menus are attached. Book Early.
See Toques page on the Harvest website for their summer Lunch and A la Carte Menu
|Young Students need your help.|
Hawkesbury Harvest is working with the Schools Industry Partnership program to assist year 11 and 12 find work placement opportunities over the next three years.
This is a great opportunity for you to assit and educate our youth in your own industry.
The Work Placement Program
Senior high school students attend a business for a week to gain practical experience, skills and knowledge about the industry. They learn to communicate with staff and supervisors. Employers offer students a range of industry activities that suit their resources and their business.
Work Placement students are actually studying your industry as part of their HSC. Students are seeking the opportunity to apply their developing industry related skills as learnt in the classroom
Benefits to Local Businesses:
· Good public relations for businesses
· Identifies and retains local talent
· Broadens the skills base for industry
· Can raise your profile within the community
· Access potential part-time or full-time employees
· The use of semi skilled labour at no cost to the business
· Creates opportunities for staff to develop leadership skills
· Develops awareness between local businesses and young people
Please click on view details for more information or view transcript to download flyer.
|A Taste of India|
Dear Friend of Toque
2006 has commenced and already the restaurant is buzzing with activity. A few days off between Christmas and New Year was all it took for the team to recharge energy and to regroup. As a consequence we have some exciting events planned for the New Year, one of which we have titled, "Toque's Tastes of the World".
The special tasting menus will run every second Thursday night over the coming months.
The first will be held on Thursday 2 February and titled, "A Taste of India". I have attached a copy of the set menu, it will costs $60.00 per head, excluding drinks, and restaurant club members will receive a 10% discount off food, not including drinks.
A copy of the first menu is attached. Hope you are as excited about the "Tastes of the World" as we are. Don't forget to book early as we have limited seating in the dining room.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year look forward to seeing again soon.
the Toque Team.
You can contact us on 02 4572 3724
|Do you need a Fruit Picker ?|
|Packing Shed Patchwork: Open on the 21st / 22nd January|
Larna Ezzy of the Packing Shed Patchwork is offering a fantastic opportunity to all her valued friends and customers.
Custom made beaded cushions, throws
Sowing Collectibles: Vintage Sowing machines, Thimbles, Baskets and lots more.
The purpose built Grose Vale studio is a fully refurbished fruit-packing shed from one of the districts original stone fruit orchards set amongst beautiful surroundings and gardens.
Her style of patchwork is traditional, specialising in hand applique' and hand piecing.
Larna offers original designs and caters to the beginner as well as the experienced quilter..
The Packing Shed Patchwork will in open on the 3rd Weekend of each month.
For January this is the 21st and 22nd.
Call Larna on 02 45721126
|Get in early for the Organic Expo in 2006|
The Organic Expo is a lifestyle show covering Food, Wine & Beverage; House, Garden & Building Products; Fashion & Manchester; Personal Care, Health & Beauty; Mother & Baby; Pet Care; Restaurants, Spas & Eco-Resorts.
The 2006 Expo will be held in Sydney on the following dates:
Friday 21st July 2006 2.00pm - 6.00pm Trade Only
Saturday 22nd July 2006 9.00am - 6.00pm
Sunday 23rd July 2006 10.00am - 5.00pm
Further information on the expo is available on the website: www.organicexpo.com.au
|Loxley wins award in Hospitality.|
Hawkesbury Harvest congratulates Paul Maher and his team at Loxley on Bellbird Hill for winning an award from the Blacktown Schools Industry Network awards for excellence in Vocational Education & Training (VET). (Hawkesbury schools are covered by this network.)
Paul and his Loxley team are providing opportunities in the Hospitality framework (chefs, customer service etc) for year 10 and 11 students from across the Hawkesbury.
Loxley on Bellbird Hill were awarded a special excellence award for their ongoing contribution to the VET program.
Giving someone an opportunity to improve is most rewarding.
Congratulations Paul & Loxley.
|Breewood Open for Business|
I don?t know about you dear reader, but I could swear that my Christmas lights were still warm from last year when I unpacked them this week. ?tempus fugit? as they say in the classics! We are still receiving new stock so that the gallery and shop look like a veritable treasure trove. We will extend our hours to 6pm each day this week, and Thursday till 7pm. And for all the men out there who don?t know that Christmas is coming, we will open all day and until as late as necessary on Saturday, Christmas Eve. We will wrap free of charge (as we always do) and we don?t mind if you tell your loved ones that you did it, ?all by yourself?.
A new lot of papier mache, hand painted tree decorations has arrived?$7 each while they last!
When the dust settles and life becomes calmer, we thoroughly recommend ?palimpsest? ?The Art of Glen Skien?, now showing at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery. Curator, Ingrid Hoffmann is to be congratulated for securing such an exciting exhibition. Skien?s work is imbued with freshness and vigour and is of the highest artistic integrity. It is boundless and despite being a purview of 15 years; timeless. To me this work is reminiscent of that of Trevor Weekes, John Winch and John Wolseley, and with not just a little hint of Leonardo and in some instances, Tapies. And yet this exhibition stands apart for the scope of media used and originality. Truly, a must see!
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past twelve months, indeed, the past three years! We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a bright, happy and positive New Year! We will close late Christmas Eve and re-open January 3rd. During the break we may be contacted at our Leura shop which only closes on Christmas Day. (No rest for the wicked!) 02 47 842094.
Otherwise, see you at ?The West End?
310 Windsor Street
|Berowra Waters Inn joins the FGT.|
Hawkesbury Harvest is pleased to announce that the Berowra Waters Inn has agreed to join the Farm Gate Trail in 2006. Berowra Waters Inn has an excellent reputation for fine dining and their membership to the Farm Gate Trail map strengthens Hawkesbury Harvest commitment to the delivery of fresh local produce to local restaurants in the Hawkesbury Region.
Full details can be found on the Hawkesbury Harvest Website under the Café and Restaurants section.
Welcome Jeremy, Fiona and Scott.
|Pine Crest Orchard Open Day (21st January)|
This now famous Orchard Day in on again on 21st January 2006.
This rustic venue where you can opick your own, pick your own and keep picking your own is a high light for all the family.
This a fantastic day. Drive up the mountain to Bilpin and you will find Pine Crest Orchard at 2549 Bells Line of Road Bilpin.
You will be able to wander through the Orchard and select and pick the fruit of your choice. It is a wonderful experience for all ages.
You will rarely get an opportunity to do something like this so close to Sydney.
Many varieties of apples (Akane, (taste like Jonathon apples)and Gravenstein apples.
Tasty Yellow fleshed Peaches, Blood plums and Yellow fleshed plums and Brown Nashi pears all at your finger tips.
There will be a sausage sizzle on the day and a self guided orchard tour with information boards. This will be the most fun since.......... well you know when.
Go early to avoid the crowds.
PS. We also sell homemade Jams including Apple and Blackberry, Peach and Apple or Traditional Plum Jam. The Shed also stocks locally made apple juice, honey, apple pies and nuts (when in season).
Contact John Gailbrath 02 45 671143
For a brief overview of when the apples at Pine Crest are arriving please click on the transcript link.
|Tutti Fruitti Rose Farm Open Day|
ROSE FARM OPEN DAYS
Tues 27 Dec and Wed 28 Dec
The rose farm will be open and you are welcome to come and enjoy all the colours and fragrances of our field-grown roses.
We have over 20 varieties of fragrant roses in a variety of colours - pinks, lemons, apricots, purples, reds - pastels and bold colours - something to suit everyone's taste!
Tours will be conducted each hour from 10am where you can enjoy the gardens with John as your guide to answer any technical questions or general rose queries. If you find a rose you really love, you can order rose bushes for delivery in the winter months.
You can relax in the gardens while enjoying coffee, tea, homemade muffins, pies, salads, light lunch and of course our famous Tutti Fruitti real-fruit ice-cream.
Freshly-picked raspberries and blueberries will also be
available. If you are planning to come for lunch in a group of more than five, please ring ahead so that we can ensure we have catered for you all.
Phone/Fax Tutti Fruitti (02)4567-8436 or Cynthia 0412-399296
|It Christmas at the Packing Shed Patchwork: One Weekend Only|
Larna Ezzy of the Packing Shed Patchwork is offering a fantastic opportunity to all her valued friends and customers.
For one weekend only you can find available
· Custom made beaded cushions
· Sowing Collectibles: Vintage Sowing machines, Thimbles, Baskets.
· Garden Bird Baths
· Bird Houses
and lots more
The purpose built Grose Vale studio is a fully refurbished fruit-packing shed from one of the districts original stone fruit orchards set amongst beautiful surroundings and gardens.
Her style of patchwork is traditional, specialising in hand applique' and hand piecing.
Larna offers original designs and caters to the beginner as well as the experienced quilter..
The Packing Shed Patchwork will in 2006 open on the 3rd Weekend of each month.
Put down 21st and 22nd of January in your Diary for the first weekend if you can?t make it down this weekend.
Call 02 45721126
|Toque Restaraunt special Christmas Offer|
Toque restaraunt has a special Christmas offer, one you cannot miss. Christmas has come early at Toque
|Wollemi Pine at the Hawkesbury Harvest Markets|
Don?t forget the Markets on Saturday.
This is the last market for 2005. Plenty of fresh produce and Christmas goodies.
If you have not seen a Wollemi Pine, Peta Trahar from Town and Country Gardens will have some on displays at the Markets.
Wollemi Pines can be planted as a feature in large gardens or retained in tubs as patio and indoor plants. They are fast growing in open sites and prefer acid soils with good drainage. They are versatile, hardy and will survive in temperatures from -5 to 45 degrees Celsius.
You can place an order for one, get a gift certificate for Christmas for your friends and this most beautiful historic tree will be delivered after the 1st of April.
All our usual market people will be there, so get down to Castle Hill Showground early, they start at 8am.
Get your 2006 Diary out and mark down the second Saturday of each month for the best markets in the North West Sector.
|Kiama Visits Hawkesbury Harvest|
Kiama Council arrives on the Farm Gate Trail
After an excellent presentation on Argi Business by David Mason at Kiama in September Kiama Council hired a 20 seater coach and bought some councillors, staff and farm gaters from their region to the Hawkesbury for an exchange of ideas and knowledge.
Councillor Di Finch and Fiona Mann from Hawkesbury City Council joined the tour of 4 farm gates to discuss current development consents, linkages between business and agriculture in both the Hawkesbury and the Kiama Districts.
Our visitors invested approximately $1300 along the Farm Gate Trail on the day.
This exchange of ideas strengthens and grows communities and Hawkesbury Harvest is dedicated to growing further interest in our already successful Farm Gate Trail and welcomes other groups. Thanks to those who supported the day.
|UWS awards Hawkesbury Harvest a Christmas Bonus|
Hawkesbury Harvest has been lucky to receive a University of Western Sydney Cooperative Programs grant and we need your help to make the most of this opportunity.
The grant means we have now the resources to collect some very important information for ourselves and the agencies that have so generously supported us in the past.
We have designed a project that will give us vital information about the Farm Gate Trail, the Markets and how you have found the experience with Hawkesbury Harvest. This information will help us spread the word about our region and the initiatives that Harvest has put in place. This is one of the ways we can give back to the community who have supported us over the last five years, and it gives them the information they need to go on backing us into the future.
As part of the UWS program we have a student who will work with us on this project between now and the end of January. Her name is Jo Billiards, she's a local, and she is in the final year of her Tourism degree. Jo will be contacting the Farm Gate Trail and Level 2 Members very soon to participate in the project with us and we hope you will welcome her and be able to give her a little of your time. Being involved means you'll also being helping Jo in getting hands-on, real-world experience in working with farmers and tourism that counts toward her final qualifications.
Thanks in advance from me on behalf of the Board,
Treasurer, Hawkesbury Harvest Inc.
|Wollemi Pine: Get one for your garden or pot.|
Peta Trahar, principal of Town & Country Gardens and convenor of the 2nd Collectors' Plant Fair at Bilpin - 22 and 23 April 2006, has been appointed a Wollemi Pine Retailer.
If you wish to participate in the conservation of these "Pandas of the plant world" by buying a tree propagated from the wild population please down load and return the Wollemi Order form.
Wollemi Pines can be planted as a feature in large gardens or retained in tubs as patio and indoor plants. They are fast growing in open sites and prefer acid soils with good drainage.
They are versatile, hardy and will survive in temperatures from -5 to 45 degrees Celsius.
Be one of the first, order now.
|And the Winner is...........................|
Beth Stokes and Peta Trahar (Town and Country Gardens) have been awarded NSW JOINT HORTICULTURISTS OF THE YEAR -2005 and the NATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE by the Australian Institute of Horticulture Awards for promoting horticulture, particularly the use and conservation of rare and unusual plants through the organisation of the Collectors Plant Fair.
Congratulations Peta and Beth.
We are looking forward to your 2nd Collectors Plant Fair in April 2006. (See the events page for details)
|Greg Hansell Pastel Class Exhibition|
Opening Friday 2nd December, 7-9pm
Gallery Hours 9-5 daily
except Mondays until 5th January 2006
83 Old Bells Line of Road,
Ph: 4573 0988
|Grape and Wine Workshop a Success|
Grape and Wine Workshop a Success
The Grape and Wine Workshop which was sponsored by the University of Western Sydney?s Hawkesbury Campus, the Hawkesbury Sustainable Farmers Network and Hawkesbury Harvest on the 19th November was a huge success.
With an attendance of 23 people its clear that there is a strong interest in increasing the farming of grapes. And not only for personal consumption but also smaller scale farm operations that have the potential to create a network of growers that can satisfy a growing demand for local food.
Four (4) really informative sessions for anyone who wanted to get information that would put you on the right track with lots of options. What was particularly interesting is the selection of varieties being critical to success in terms of pests and disease. It was explained that Sydney has a unique climate compared to the more traditional wine grape growing areas. The humidity in particular creates a perfect environment for fungi. More sustainable management techniques include variety selection, the use of Integrated Pest Management with beneficial bugs and using chemicals that have a low impact on the ecology in general
|Eniskillen Open Days now December 10th and 11th.|
Enniskillen Orchard Open Day has been shifted to the weekend of the 10th and 11th of December due to forecasted inclement weather. Mark these new dates in your diary.
John and Adrian will put on a very informative couple of open days.
|Volunteers: Thank You|
For the past 5 months Hawkesbury Harvest has had the pleasure of 3 volunteers at our Farmers and Gourmet Food Markets at Castle Hill.
Leslie, Ron and Caroline front up each month and promote the fresh produce and your business along the Farm Gate Trail, they also sell fresh produce which you make available.
On behalf of the Hawkesbury Harvest Board and the members of Hawkesbury Harvest I would like to thank Leslie, Ron and Caroline for giving up some of their valuable time and we are looking forward to working with you soon.
|Harvest Wins Project Funding|
The Hawkesbury Harvest Board is please to announce that Hawkesbury Harvest has won funding support for another innovative regional development project.
The funding will assist Hawkesbury Harvest in implementing the strategic initiatives we identified in food and wine industry development as part of the Paddock to Plate project.
A Food and Wine project officer will be engaged with a brief to build new channels of distribution and networks between our farmers and the tourism, hospitality and restaurant industry. The project is also supported by the NSW Department of State and Regional Development, and our Lend Lease/ GPT partners at the Rouse Hill site. The project will run over two years and we are planning for commencement in early 2006.
On behalf of the Board of Hawkesbury Harvest may I express the membership's appreciation to all the individuals and agencies who assisted us in putting the project proposal together and for the confidence that both our State and Federal governments have shown in Hawkesbury Harvest's ability to continue doing this important, regionally significant development work with agriculture.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Treasurer, Hawkesbury Harvest Inc.
|Macquarie?s 1810 Hawkesbury Journey Commemoration Day|
On Sunday, December 4, 2005 the inaugural ?Macquarie?s 1810 Hawkesbury Journey Commemoration Day? will be held at Historic Windsor, where Governor Macquarie named the five Macquarie Towns of Windsor, Richmond, Castlereagh, Pitt Town and Wilberforce, after touring around the Hawkesbury District.
Hawkesbury residents and visitors are invited to celebrate this milestone with a family day out commencing at 11am in Thompson?s Square, near the Macquarie Arms Hotel, Windsor with festivities proceeding throughout Windsor Mall until 3:00pm.
|Enniskillen Orchard Open Day|
Visit the beauitful Grose Valley and select fresh produce from the barrows at Enniskillen Orchard.
John and Adrian, the growers, will be on hand to answer your questions.
You can wander through the themed herb garden or sit and have a BBQ on the esecially prepared lawn over looking the the most beautiful orchard.
There will be plenty of
Yellow Peaches and Nectrines
Local Pecan Nuts
Local Bush Honey
Central West Honey
Local Strawberries and delicious
Navel Oranges...............plus much more:
While you are there you can sample Enniskillen's famous home made jams and pick up a Farm Gate Trail Map.
This is a special place to have a coffe,tea and cake and just enjoy.
|Hawkesbury Harvest Member a Winner.|
For 18 years Steven Adey of Darling Mills Farm has been growing herbs, salad leaves and edible flowers in Sydney?s Northern Suburbs for the restaurant trade and farmers markets. His client list, which includes Quay, Aria, Claude?s and Testsuya?s speak volumes about the quality of the produce says the editor of Vogue Entertaining and Travel.
Darling Mills Farm is the winner of the Vogue Audi 2005 Awards for ?Most Consistent Product.
You can meet Steven and give him your own congratulations at the Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers and Gourmet Food Market at Castle Hill this Saturday, start at 8am
|New Website for Toque Restaurant|
|Farming Small Areas Expo|
Farming Small Areas Expo.
Hawkesbury Harvest will once again be representing you at the Farming Small Area Expo on the 11th and 12th of September at the Hawkesbury Showground. (See the events page for more details).
We hope to see you there.
If you wish to volunteer on our stand on the 12th please contact us via the form below.
|Food Labelling Changes|
If you are interested in the issues around "Country of Origin Food Labelling" download the attached media release.
This is an important issue that impacts the value of local fresh produce.
|A Bohemian Textile Exhibit|
The Bohemian Textile Exhibit being held on the 29 and 30th October, 2005 will be a visual feast for anyone who loves textiles.
Individual hand made items such as beaded brocade throws, vintage style bags and one of a kind textile collage framed art pieces will be on offer.
Custom orders can also be made on commission.
Hand dyed ribbons and threads might take your fancy or take a stroll through the studios beautiful surrounding gardens.
The converted fruit packing shed, once used to pack the property's stone fruit for market, is now home to "Packing Shed Patchwork" were creative dreams are now made to enjoy.
An exhibit of textile art pieces by Larna Ezzy in her unique Grose Vale studio.
Opening times 10am - 4pm.
201 Cabbage Tree Road
PS The studio can be visited at other times by appointment and is open most weekends.
Larna 02 4572 1126
|Clarendon County Craft and Food Market|
Country Style Market? Incorporated with the Growers Food Market.
Where: Hawkesbury Race Club, Racecourse Rd, Clarendon - opposite RAAF Base.
When: 1st and 3rd Friday of Each Month starting 4th November
Time: 8am ? 2pm
What: Over 60 stalls featuring.
High quality Arts & Crafts - Wood, Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery, Textiles, Home & Kitchen wares plus more.
Growers Food Market will carry high quality Fresh Produce & Gourmet Foods
Such as, freshly picked Fruit & Vegetables, Organic Produce, Assorted Cheeses. Freshly baked assorted Breads & Pastries, Savoury Foods, Chilli products, Deli Items, Antipasto products, Free Range Eggs, freshly made Condiments, Pure Honey, Fresh Confectionery plus much more.
Plants, Seedlings & Freshly Cut Flowers.
Herbs, Potted Colour, Waratahs, Wildflowers, Natives, Plus more.
Make a day of it come and speak to the Growers, Producers & Artisans. Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed Coffee & wonderful international foods. SUPPORT the NEW MARKET in the Hawkesbury region.
For more information please click on view transcript.
|Aspects of the Valley Exhibition|
Aspects of the Valley is a solo Exhibition of paintings by Heather Winch at St Albans Gallery. (Now until 27th November)
Heathers love for and intimate knowledge of our very own MacDonald Valle and the Hawkesbury area is integral to her paintings. In her words, ?most of my work relates to this place I have lived in for many years. I inevitably return to our flora and fauna and to this captivating Hawkesbury Sandstone.
This is a mixed media exhibition.
A must to see.
St Albans Gallery
17 Wharf Road
|Weekends for Two Promotion.|
The Magazine title Weekends for two, four or six will be featuring the Farm Gate Trail in its March 2006 and possibly September editions.
This magazine is a produced twice annually and is read in every state of Australia. It has a circulation of 32000.
It is set out in regions and the has the most beautiful photos and is a all class.
If you wish to advertise in and around the feature on the Farm Gate Trail please contact Ziggy Koenigseder, National Director of Sales on 0409360873.
You might like tell a story of the Farm Gates just around the corner from your place.
Don?t forget to mention Hawkesbury Harvest and the Farm Gate Trail
|Greg Hansell: Open Studio Exhibition 2005|
Greg has captured the essence of farming with his handground earth pastels on ragboard titled? The Farmer?
If this 101 cm by 81 cm pastel captures your imagination then the other Greg Hansell originals will also.
Meet Greg at his studio at
31 George St
29th and 30th October and
5th and 6th November
10am ? 4pm.
You can contact Greg on 0245775089
|Fruits of the Figure: An exhibition and painting mainly of the nude.|
Painting and Drawings from the nude is a fascinating study with a distinguished history. It is alive and well in the Hawkesbury. Just 70 km west of Sydney.
On Saturday 5th November and Sunday 6th November between 10am and 4pm, the Stand Stevens Studio at the Deerubbin Cultural Centre, 300 George Street Windsor, will be displaying drawings and paintings of this classic artistic genre by members of the Community Arts Workshop Life Drawing Group as part of Hawkesbury City Councils fruits of the Hawkesbury festival.
This is the 4th Annual showing by this group, whose fourteen members have a wide range of experience and include several award winning professional artists.
Expect to see everything from the softly moulded and subtly coloured, coloured, to vibrant and aggressive representations of both males and female forms, in a variety of media. Works are on paper, mounted or framed, in this show anything goes and the prices are more than reasonable.
A special opening night will be held on Saturday 5th November 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome.
For more information about the show or about the Group, call 45786015 or 45783991.
|Hawkesbury Harvest Invited to National Regional Tourism Conference.|
Hawkesbury Harvest were invited to attend this prestigious National Conference in Western Australia. (September 2005)
Ian Knowd attended representing Hawkesbury Harvest.
The key theme for 2005 was:
TAKING THE PULSE OF REGIONAL TOURISM: innovation and connectivity
* HEALTHY HEAD - Building your knowledge base
* HEALTHY HEART - Connecting with communities
* HEALTHY HANDS - Innovative product development
* HEALTHY FEET - Connecting with visitors
Hawkesbury Harvest's presentation was titled "At Heart is a Healthy Heart" and it addressed what has been the most transformative aspects of the Harvest experience over the last 5 years.
"Harvest has achieved what is now nationally recognised as an example of excellence in connecting the agricultural and tourism communities together. The Farm Gate Trail has created links between our growers, visitors, locals and other businesses in the tourism, hospitality and retail industry. This is an achievement that many at the Convention were keen to emulate and Harvest's story was received to wide acclaim."
|Host Families wanted for Farm Stays|
One of Hawkesbury Harvest Members is looking for people on a rural / farm property who are willing to host a japenese student for a weekend.
There will be 100 high school students coming from southern Japan 16-18th December this year to spend some time in the Hawkesbury. (what an opportunity for the community to learn and grow) The school wish them to spend 2 nights staying in a rural homestead with a family to experience Australian rural lifestyle and learn a bit of English.
The host will have to pick up the students from Clarendon/Richmond at 4pm on Friday 16th December and drop them off at 8.30am on Sunday 18th December.
During their stay, they could assist with some chores (no activities like driving tractors, use of machineries like chainsaws, brushcutters or horse riding will be covered by our insurance), join you in your usual weekend activities (attending soccer, whatever) or maybe a BBQ.
|The 2nd Collectors' Plant Fair (April 2006)|
Put this date in your diary and get there early.
The 2nd Collectors' Plant Fair will be held on Saturday & Sunday 22 and 23 April 2006, 10am to 4pm, at Woodgreen Angus Stud, Powells Road Bilpin.
An excited visitor to the 2005 Fair wrote:
"I bought some wonderful things that I've been hanging out for for years
and found other things that I'd never thought of."
In 2006, 45 specialist growers (27 from the 2005 Fair and 18 new growers)
from South Australia, Victoria, NSW and Queensland will be selling
distinctive and hard-to-come-by-plants.
|Elizabeth Newcomb Exhibition @ Breewood Gallery|
Mark this date in your Diary.
'Simple Life Works' is the latest exhibition to be presented at Breewood Galleries, 310 Windsor Street, Richmond and will officially open at 6.30pm on Saturday 22 October.
All welcome for drinks with the artist. Formal invitations NOT required.
Painted by local artist, Elizabeth Newcomb in her Naive style, these detailed depictions of local scenes will delight the senses, particularly as familiar subjects like Richmond Oval, the polo fields and golf courses are presented in a different light. Elizabeth will also present her hand painted ceramics, also executed in the naive manner and the medium with which she has previously been widely acclaimed.
Breewood Galleries is open Mon to Sat 9am to 5pm.
|Toque Restaurant Celebrating Good Food Month.|
Hi Friends of Toque Restaurant,
Why not help us celebrate "Good Food Month" and partake of our luncheon special?
|Kurrajong Kitchens: Job Vacancies|
Ben and Karen from Kurrajong Kitchens, manufacturers of the famous Lavosh crispbread, is growing and growing.
They are looking for casual staff who can assist them grow further. Vacancies exist at this time for Packers on the evening and graveyard shifts. The work may include weekends.
If you or members of your family or friends have the time and energy to assist or our local business grow please contact Marion Packer on 02 45 773299
|Lochiel House Spring Menu|
Tony and Monique have create for you a special spring menu.
Sit back and enjoy the flavours of the Hawkesbury in this 1825 Settlers cottage.
The October Calander for Training is out.
Training, Information and Knowledge is power. Keep in front of the pack by training yourself and your people.
Hydroponic Lettuce Tours, Prograze, Horticulture all feature in October.
|Coop Community Projects (CCP) program|
Thanks to GROW for bringing this information to Hawkesbury Harvests Attention.
There is an opportuinity for your business to get a small grant, via the way of a student, over the summer to write a business or makrkting plan or do some research to assist your business GROW. I have placed some information below.
Applications close 3rd October 9am. (Yets I know it is tight, but the application form is small).
Have a go.
The UWS Regional and Community Grants Scheme is part of UWS? vision to provide ?service to its regional and national communities, beginning with the people of Greater Western Sydney.? Grants under this scheme are funded by the UWS Vice Chancellor, Professor Janice Reid with the approval of the UWS Regional Council.
On Friday 3 June 2005 Professor Reid announced that $30,000 will be allocated to the funding of 10 community projects through the UWS Cooperative Program.
|In the Track of my Ancestors|
St Albans Gallery
by Chris Tobin and Leanne Tobin.
3rd September to the 3rd October.
Dont miss this fabulous exhibition. It is in its last two weeks.
|Waratah Festival starts this weekend.|
This fantastic Festival is on once again. Waratahs like you have never seen them before.
Plenty of events in and around the festival.
Waratahs in Bloom
Sat 24 Sept ? Sun 9 Oct A spectacular display of waratah blooms from across NSW. Entries in this annual competition exemplify the best in cultivated commercial blooms. An excellent opportunity to see a magnificent range of waratahs including rare whites. Come and lodge your vote for the ?People?s Waratah?! Mount Tomah Botanic Garden. Ph: (02) 4567 2154.
|A night of fine food, fine wine and fine art|
On Friday night October 7 , Sassafras Creek Food and Design in conjunction with Walkabout Gallery will launch a fund raising exhibition for World Vision Australia. It will be a night of fine food and fine wines and fine art !
Download the document for more information.
|Hawkesbury Harvest visits Kiama and Western Australia|
Hawkesbury Harvest shines in Kiama and Western Australia.
David Mason and Alan Eagle, two of Hawkesbury Harvest board members visited Kiama on Wednesday 14th September to take part in an Agribusiness Seminar hosted by Kiama Municipal Council.
Over 60 people attended and participated in very broad discussion on Agribusiness.
· Hawkesbury Harvest
· Crooked River Winery and
· Sapphire Coast Producers Association
all gave a presentation on their area of expertise.
Kiama Municipal Council is currently reviewing their LEP and this seminar provided an input into the review.
Ian Knowd, also a board member of Hawkesbury Harvest, presented a paper at the National Regional Tourism convention sponsored by Cooperative Research Centre for sustainable Tourism in Western Australia. Again the Hawkesbury Harvest model and Farm Gate Trail concept took centre stag as a model for sustainable Tourism.
Congratulations Hawkesbury Harvest.
|Hawkesbury Community Expo and Artburst a success|
Hawkesbury Harvest members last weekend were involved in two very successful events.
Firstly Artburst: a fusion of Wine, food and art was held at various locations across the Hawkesbury and along the Harvest Wine trail.
Every month a Agricultural centred training calendar is put out. If you are interested in all type of training please download the calander. Some are free.
A contact has been given to Hawkesbury harvest re some free Chemical Training. Please contact Frank Alatt from Berambing (Waratah Grower) Ph no 45672093
|Markets and Stall|
A new Market has sprung up. ?The Sydney Farmers Market, Thrusday 6th October 11am ? 3pm. Read all about it by downloading the flyer.
Also on the 23rd of October is the Hawkesbury Wine, Food & Music affair Race Day. They are looking for stall holders. If you are interested please contact Margo Whelan, Function Coordinator Hawkesbury Race Club on 02 45 776854
|Marketing Seminar: an oppurtunity for all.|
Don't forget, Tourism Hawkesbury Inc is holding a Marketing Seminar to let the industry in on our core marketing strategies and tools for 2006. This will give you all an insight in to where and how the association is progressing and some of the core opportunities available to promote business and enhance the industry.
The Seminar will be held:
7.00 PM, Wednesday, 24 August 2005.
The Richmond Club,
6 East Market St.,
Please RSVP to:
02 45 885 895
0417 074 052
|Hawkesbury Community Expo (only 4 weeks away.)|
Don?t forget the Hawkesbury Community Expo on the 17th of September.
The Expo is a two day event to be held on the Hawkesbury Campus of UWS .
The Friday program is for Western Sydney high school students in years 10 and 11.
The Saturday program is the public open day of the expo. Simon Marnie from 702 ABC Radio has agreed to a live broadcast from the grounds of UWS on the Saturday.
We are expecting Gardeners and Woodies to come along and listen and ask questions.
There will be a full program of family fun events on the Saturday including the Sustainability Fair, managed by EarthCare, Environmental exhibitions and lectures by experts from various fields,
Hawkesbury Harvest local produce promotion and food stalls, Fun and festival activities and Historic guided tours of the campus
Come along and join in the Fun. Down load the flyer (if you want to)
|Happy Birthday Farmers and Gourmet Food Markets. You are 3.|
Come and Celebrate our BIRTHDAY.
Giveaways, hampers, plus live music plus more
13th August 8am ? 12noon
CASTLE HILL SHOWGROUND, Harvey Lowe Pavilion, Showground rd, Castle Hill - Entrance via Carrington road
FOOD HAMPERS WILL BE GIVEN AWAY at 9AM, 10AM & 11AM.
COMPLETE the section below and bring it along to the market for your chance to win one of the Hampers valued at approximately $70.00
There will be live Entertainment plus Surprise ON SPOT giveaways.
Fresh Fruit & Veg, Goats Cheese, assorted cheeses, Freshly made bread including organic Sourdough, Dairy Products, Olives, oils, Free Range Eggs, Deli Items, assorted Gourmet grain fed Meats such as (Lamb, Duck, smoked Chicken) freshly made Pasta and sauces, gluten free cakes and products, condiments, cakes, pastries, homemade biscuits, Seafood Smoked & Fresh. Asian sauces, freshly cut Flowers, Plants, seedlings and much much more.
THIS IS THE ONE STOP GROCERY SHOP- You won?t get FRESHER than this.
Support the Growers & Producers by coming down and help Celebrate!!!
Complete this section and place it in the box which will be found at the entrance of the hall. Growers market Hamper Giveaway.
Name:___________________________ Mobile or Phone Number:__________________________
Please note that if the person that has been drawn out is not contactable within 10 minutes of being drawn a re draw will take place.
Market dates for 2005 September 10th ? October 8th ? November 12th ? December 10th
For further information please contact us on 02 4572 6260 Email: email@example.com proudly produced by Black Castle Events & Hawkesbury Harvest Inc.
|Welcome Liz Stephen: A new voice for Hawkesbury Harvest|
Liz Stephen and David Mason will now share the story gathering work for the 702 ABC Sydney, Weekends show with Simon Marnie. Liz brings some radio experience to Hawkesbury Harvest and is keen to participate in the region.
This important task needs your assitance and Liz and David will be in contact soon. So lets us know what's fresh and happening along the FGT.
Again Hawkesbury Harvest would like to thank Adrian Maguire and Susan Fennelly for the time and dedication in putting together the segements' 'Whats Fresh on the Farm Gate Trail' each week.
|UK health food store seeking Australian products|
A well established UK health food and confectionary snack retailer, Julian Graves, is eager to purchase more Australian nuts, seeds, dried fruits, snacks and sweets for distribution to its 230+ stores.
The company is expanding and is particularly interested in the following lines: nuts - macadamia's & almonds (raw, salted, flavoured, etc), fruits - sultanas, apricots (dried, mixed varieties, coated in chocolate/yoghurt etc), any tree & vine fruits which can be dried/mixed etc kids snacks (no sugar, sulphur dioxide free, no nuts) honey - manuka & stringy bark aloe vera products - creams, lip balms etc.
|Fair Dinkum Food Campaign:|
A group of about 25 Tasmanian farmers are currently on a tractor trek around the country, calling for tougher country of origin food labelling laws and an end to imports. The tour comes as Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is in the process of revising current food labelling laws.
The revised laws are expected to require mandatory labels for fresh produce, but not to change the current standards for packaged goods.
The 'fair dinkum food' campaign was launched in Tasmania after farmers suffered major contract cuts in the pea and potato sectors. Following the fair dinkum food campaign rally in Tasmania on July 22nd, the campaign is now travelling north - through Victoria and New South Wales. The group is calling for as many people as possible to come along and support the tour.
The campaign is focussing on securing an Australian food industry for the future. According to Jan Richardson from the campaign "Our food manufacturing industry is facing a crisis because of the adverse purchasing policies of the major grocery chains. Together with inadequate labelling laws for packaged foods, their policies are having an adverse effect on farmers, processing plants and rural communities and are severely degrading the quality of the consumer's packaged food. It's about home brand products being sourced from overseas and its about profits of an extreme level at the expense of communities and consumers."
The Tractors will be leaving the Hawkesbury on Sunday morning at 7am, crossing the Harbour Bridge at 10am. A rally will be held at the overseas passenger terminal on Monday at 11am. Get along if you can.
This is an important event and if successful will mean that you can choose to buy local produce or imported product.
Local dollars going to local producers who live on and work the farms of Australia. If that not fair dinkum I don?t know what is.
For more information contact Richard Bovill, Campaign Coordinator, 0408 140 017.
|FED UP! WINE?d DOWN 2005|
If you are looking for an event that is different Hawkesbury Harvest is proud to support the FED UP! WINE?d DOWN 2005 in the central west town of Dubbo.
The event runs over one week in the beautiful Macquarie Valley. The regions finest chefs have put on special menus just for you.
You will be able to relax at the local wineries with a glass or two or visit the farmers market. Sounds relaxing eh. Go West and enjoy your self
August 26th - 3rd September
Contact: Macquarie Valley Food and Wine Inc 02 6885 4300
|A fusion of WIne, Food and Art|
2005 Artburst in the Vineyard ?
Showcasing a Harvest Trail of Hawkesbury Wines and Art.
Spring in the Hawkesbury is always a special time, but for a growing band of vineyards in the area it represents budburst and the first signs of life in a cycle that represents new wines.
For a number of years to celebrate budburst, Tizzana Winery has been running ?Artburst in the Vineyard?, to explore the fusion of food, wine and art .
In 2005 the event is to be extended beyond Tizzana?s doorstep to include two new cellar doors in the Hawkesbury (Talai Estate and First Farm Vineyard) and also involve wine tastings and sales from a further four local vineyards, and exhibits by local artists.
In addition, the wineries have involved several other Hawkesbury Harvest members, creating a harvest trail to showcase Hawkesbury wines and Artists. Four commercial galleries in the region (Fernbrook Garden and Gallery, Packing Shed Patchwork, Sassafras Creek Gallery/Café and St Albans Gallery) will have artwork on display which will include artists working in their own studios as well as special exhibits mounted for local artists.
Visit two local cellar door wineries ? Tizzana and Talai Estate and taste wines from six Hawkesbury Vineyards . View the ceramics and art at Tizzana - continue on the trail and visit Larna Ezzy?s needlework at PackingShed Patchwork, food and art at Sassafras Creek Gallery, and an impressive showing of Botanical Art from Elaine Musgrave and friends at Fernbrook garden and gallery. If the whim takes you, explore new vineyards at St Albans and take in an exhibition at St Albans Gallery.
Further details : Peter Auld (02) 45791150, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can win this if you have the desire and energy.
Rabobank Agribusiness Awards for Excellence 2005
Recognising excellence, innovation and leadership
Applications are now open for the Annual Rabobank Agribusiness Awards for Excellence.
Over the past 10 years, the Awards have grown to become the most successful and highly regarded awards program within Australia?s food, beverage and agribusiness sector.
Previous award winners and finalists have received valuable recognition and exposure for their achievements.
The Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievement in the following categories:
* Emerging Leader of the Year
* Agribusiness Value Adding
* Technology and Innovation
* Environmental and Energy Management
* Rural Enterprise
* Agribusiness Employer of Choice
* Risk Management
Goto the Department of State and Regional Development Food Bytes newsletter for more information.
Australia?s first major expo to highlight the excellent certified organic and environmentally friendly products and services now available to both consumers and the trade will be held on the weekend of July 30 and 31, 2005 at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
The Organic Expo will present organic living choices to the consumer as something that is ?modern, healthy and the way of the future? and give them the ability to go shopping from an informed standpoint.
Exhibitors will have an opportunity to market their products through tastings, sampling and talking directly to thousands of qualified consumers and buyers.
The organic market in Australia has grown more than 10-fold over the past decade (from $28 million in 1995 to $300 million today) and this upward trend is expected to continue with increased consumer awareness and interest in organic foods. Globally, the organic market is valued at about $A40 billion each year.
For more information about the 2005 Organic Expo goto http://www.organicexpo.com.au/exhibitors/index.php or contact the oranisers, Smeaton Hackett Events, on 02 9451 4747 or email email@example.com
|Events coming up|
|Training and Development Calender: July 2005|
Each month I receive this calendar which highlights the training across various Agricultural Sectors. There is training for
Different Ethnic Groups,
Market Gardeners etc.
The courses are
Disease Management for Flower Growers
If you or any of your staff are interested download the calendar (2 pages) and contact the appropriate person
|Hawkesbury Community Expo: An opportunity to show and sell your product.|
Hawkesbury Harvest, UWS Hawkesbury and EarthCare are in partnership developing the Hawkesbury Community Expo on the 16th and 17th of September.
The Expo is a two day event to be held on the Hawkesbury Campus of UWS .
The Friday program is for Western Sydney high school students in years 10 and 11.
The Saturday program is the public open day of the expo. Simon Marnie from 702 ABC Radio has agreed to a live broadcast from the grounds of UWS on the Saturday. We are expecting Gardeners and Woodies to come along and listen and ask questions.
There will be a full program of family fun events on the Saturday including the Sustainability Fair, managed by Earthcare, Environmental exhibitions and lectures by experts from various fields, Hawkesbury Harvest local produce promotion and food stalls, Fun and festival activities and Historic guided tours of the campus (More Expo details to follow)
We are expecting 3000 visitors and we are inviting members to take a stall to sell or show their wares throughout the Saturday. There is no charge. You will have to bring your own table etc.
Please let us know if you wish to participate and we will send you the all the relevant information.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
|Introduction to E ? Business Skills: A Free Offer.|
There is an opportunity to find out if your business can be improved by working over the Internet or by having an effective website.
This is a Free Offer.
The program will focus on.
Successfully doing business over the internet;
Key criteria for an effective website;
Buying, selling over the internet;
How to get paid electronically with total security; and
Mentoring from industry experts
Contact Pam Pearson Western Sydney Institute of TAFE on 0292089395 (Mon/Wed/Fri. For further information download the attached form and fax it in.
This Free offer is bought to you by our neighbours, Penrith Valley Economic Development Corporation, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE and Telstra Country Wide. Hawkesbury Harvest thanks them for interest in developing small businesses.
|Looking for Snails|
|It pays to be on the Farm Gate Trail|
Fords Farm, the specialist Marndarin Farm on the banks of the Hawkesbury River at Wisemans is having a great season. This is what they said when we called them to see how they were going.
"Just to let you know the progress of our "Pick Your Own" Mandarins. So far we have had a very good turnout of people at the farm, mainly families who are out for the day, some come in buses, others in convoy. Our biggest day was with a bus tour.
We have had a call from Tourism Australia who will be coming to the farm Wed week to do a photo shoot with some high profile actors from Singapore, this should be an interesting experience.
We are extremely happy with the response to Hawkesbury Harvest's news stories.
We still have quite a few mandarins left, although our season will be much shorter than we anticipated because of the public's response. We will keep you informed of what we have left at the end of June."
Success comes from hardwork and good marketing.
|Seed Heritage Rescue|
Years ago, farmers saved their own seed from high performing vegetables. Many varieties of vegetables were bred especially for Sydney's climate by the local market gardeners. Extensive breeding also took place at the old Hawkesbury Agriculture College ( now UWS).
The Hawkesbury area has a strong tradition as the Agricultural Centre of Sydney.
Unfortunately for home growers, these varieties are becoming harder to find as seeds have a limited shelf life and growers are encouraged to grow commercal varieties. In fact if you wanted to grow old fashioned vegetables bred in Syndey, you might have to look to seed banks overseas, as this rare seed is not even available locally.
The Henry Doubleday Research Association of Australia ( based at UWS Hawkesbury) is attempting to save and grow these special vegies. They have an extensive seed bank selling packets to home growers for the cost of a postage stamp.Seed bank co ordinator, Marianne Baczynskyj, tells us
" if you are disappointed with seed you have saved from commercial packets,its probably because it a hybrid and will not bred true. For this reason, many home growers use non-hybrid, home saved seed"
Anyone with seed of the old varieties, or wishing to grow these old varieties, should contact seed bank co ordinator Marianne on 45 72 5798, PO Box 422 Richmond 2758.
|Lochiel, a special night out..|
If you love the taste of Duck then book your table at the award winning restaurant on the Farm Gate Trail.
Monique and Tony have a special menu on for two nights only. Thurdsay 30th June and Thursday the 7th July.
You will rarely find Duck cooked like this. Book Early.
|Persimmon Pie and Grey Nomads|
I was speaking with Maeve O'Meara last week at the Regional Wine and Food Conference.
Maeve runs 'Gourmet Safaris' a company that specialises in taking people to where the good food is. You might have seen Maeve on TV.
Maeve was looking for anyone you know that a recipe for a Persimmon Pie. She is also on the lookout for 'Grey Nomads'. If you know of anyone that drives around Australia and when they stop uses local produce to cook with, Maeve is interested in contacting them for a story. for the TV show.
Please reply to this email.
|Good Food and Wine Show|
Sydney Exhibition Centre Darling Harbour
1-3 July 2005
A little Taste of Everything
· TELEVISION CHEFS LIVE
· LATEST PRODUCTS
· FREE WINE TASTING
· OVER 50 COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS
· EXCLUSIVE SHOW OFFERS
· BOOK SIGNINGS
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· PRIZE GIVEAWAYS
The hottest products and the latest trends
With more than 300 exhibitors (some from the Hawkesbury) the Good Food & Wine Show is the ultimate place to explore new tastes and discover the latest culinary trends from around the world.
Ignite your passion for cooking
From cooking ideas for everyday to special recipes for a delicious dinner party you will be inspired by over 50 cooking demonstrations at Australia?s ultimate food and wine Show.
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|Australian Farmers Market Conference|
The Austrlian Farmers Market Association Conference is on from the 27th August to the 29th August at the Lake Hume Resort Albury.
A stimulating program will feature international speakers, Australian market practitioners, and food producers.
Be challenged, discover remarkable business successes, how farmers' markets contribute to sustainable agricultural practices, economic development and community health. Explore the challenges facing market operators and vendors...participate in small workshops, then share a drink with other folk involved in this vital community movement.
Along the way make new friends, visit the Saturday morning Hume Murray Farmers' Market, and share relaxed meals showcasing seasonal local produce.
Affordable accommodation is available on-site at this award-winning resort on the banks of picturesque Lake Hume.
Name: Sophie O'Neil
|2005 Food and Wine Conference.|
The Australian Wine & Food Tourism Conference will be held on Wednesday 3rd August.
It will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, one of the world?s leading convention centres, conveniently located in Adelaide?s CBD on North Terrace.
Wine and food are the main ingredients of tourism in Australia?s wine regions.
But visitors require more than just full bellies and boot loads of wine. It?s about creating experiences and leaving an imprint, an indelible mark on their memory.
The conference program has been created to help providers understand visitor expectations and how they can exceed them. The essential ingredients for creating successful tourism experiences will be examined, with a blend of experts ready to share their experiences, success stories and mistakes.
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|Terrine of blueberries and sweet wine|
This is a fantastic terrine. Developed by Curtis Stone from 'Surfing the Menu' after a visit to Tizzana Winery. When visiting Tizzana Winery you will be able to taste the wines and chat about this fabulous Terrine.
|Pepes Duck, Turf farms, Asian Veges and cut Flowers|
Read what these product have in common.
Part four in the Agriculture Today story on Urban Agriculture
|Kurrajong Australian Native Foods and Tizzana|
Read the story behind Lee Etherington's success with a native Hibiscus flower and find out how the Auld's added value to the Tizzana Winery.
Part three from Agriculture Today.
|More Urban Agricultural Benefits.|
Read about the benefits of Urban Agriculture and how the mushrooms industry are the big employers.
Part two from Agriculture Today.
|AGM Hawkesbury Harvest Reminder and Agenda|
The 2005 AGM for Hawkesbury Harvest is on
May, 31st 6.30 pm at The Earth Care Centre,
Campus Drive commonly known as Piggery Lane
University of Western Sydney ? Richmond
Light Refreshments will be provided
Please RSVP by Wednesday 25th May to firstname.lastname@example.org
The view the Agenda click view details
|Asian Television filming the Farm Gate Trail.|
Tourism Australia and Asia Television (ATV) are coordinating a TV show called ?Delicious Season II?. The air date will be June 2005 aired at prime time 20:00. Approximately 650,000 viewers in Hong Kong and Southern China will see the show.
This is a direct result of the first program, a cooking program about Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisine broadcast in mid April 2005.
Tourism Australia have contacted Hawkesbury Harvest and as a result of negotiations they will be filming the Hawkesbury Vegetable Farm and some scenic shots over looking the lowlands and mountains along the Terrace, Freemans Reach.
This is fantastic news for the Hawkesbury and Hawkesbury Harvest members and the Farm Gate Trail.
|Collectors Plant Fair a hugh success|
"The 2006 Collectors' Plant Fair will held at Woodgreen Angus Stud, Bilpin on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 April.
The inaugural Fair over the 2005 Anzac weekend was an outstanding success and acclaimed by the growers and plant lovers alike. In summary: 2000 visitors attended on Saturday with 1100 on Sunday not including those that came back for a second go. The event has given a real boost to the horticultural industry and congratulatory emails have been pouring in. Some quotes:
"our garden club had a wonderful day"
"the talks were inspiring"
"I hope it becomes and annual event"
" I spent lots of money and had a great day"
"thanks for providing a beautiful setting and lots of hungry plant buyers"
"The premier gardening event for Sydney has been born"
"really put Bilpin on the map"
Enthusiastic plant collectors took away bags of distinctive and hard to find plants. Speakers were well received with Saturday's sessions booked out. All stall holders were happy, with some saying they had record sales.
We were able to make a $2500 donation to the Bilpin Fire Brigade whose help in managing traffic was invaluable before and during the event.
Improvements planned for 2006 are an expanded and more varied plant selling area, easier access, more seating and loos. The focus will remain distinctive and hard to find plants. Registrations will be sent to growers shortly.
WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT WOODGREEN ANGUS STUD, BILPIN, FOR THE COLLECTOR'S PLANT FAIR 22 AND 23 APRIL 2006. (ANZAC DAY IS ON TUESDAY SO WHY NOT MAKE A 4 DAY LONG WEEKEND?)"
|The Great Hawkesbury Duck Race|
Rotary is assisting local Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Services and other community organisations by conducting a Duck race on the Hawkesbury River on the 28th May.
If you are interested in purchasing a ticket ($5.00) to support this worthy cause and have a chance to win $1000 cash or a Mini Sound System or a Potpourii Basket please contact Lucia Okumura on 0415568698 or email@example.com
|5th Celebration Party a Success|
Harvest Celebrates Fives Years of Achievement and Challenge.
Those of us who were able to make it to our birthday bash at Tizzana Winery on Tuesday the 10th of May enjoyed a balmy afternoon in a magic setting at one of the rural jewels of the Hawkesbury Region. Caroline and Peter Auld were their usual gracious hosts and the event was a great success thanks to the efforts of Anne and Mariah Stewart, and Alan Eagle. We supped on some very delicious morsels and were able to wash them down with Peter's great wines. It was a tough afternoon's work, but I think most of our guests went away with a desire to while away some quality time along the Trail. Thanks also to Ken Knox and his team from Lend Lease, our Friends of Harvest at the Rouse Hill Regional Centre development, who very generously donated funds to support the Celebration.
|Have your product on the opening night menu at the Hawkesbury Regional Gallery.|
An exciting opportunity exists for local food producers to partner with the Cultural Community in promoting their produce. The Hawkesbury Regional Gallery will officially open on Friday 24th of June with an exhibition entitled Agriculture- Recreating the Living Landscape.
Currently in research and development by a Community Curatorium led by highly regarded Curator Cheryle Yin -Lo, the project will culminate in a contemporary exhibition that will showcase a range of historic objects and original artworks that represent the social, economic and cultural diversity of Hawkesbury communities. The exhibition focus will reflect and respond to the significant agricultural changes and urbanisation in the Hawkesbury LGA and its neighbouring areas from the period post WWII (1946-2000).
Given that the exhibition is based around agricultural production, the community curatorium, felt that it would be an ideal opportunity for local producers to promote their product. The Curatorium is seeking food products at wholesale price for inclusion in the menu for opening night. In return for the supply of food stuffs a promotional package could be negotiated which may include for example
· the producer being credited in approximately 2000 flyers and invitations,
· business logo incorporated in exhibition catalogue,
· business verbally credited on opening night
· display of advertising material at the gallery during the 3 month exhibition.
Any food producer wishing to enquire about participation in this unique partnership should contact Sonia Porter, Cultural Projects Officer on 4560 4422 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org, by Friday 20 May 2005
|Seniors Tour of FGT a Hit|
As part of the Hornsby Council?s Seniors Week celebrations I had the pleasure of escorting some of their senior citizens on a coach tour late last week. We visited four of our members along the Berrilee/Glenorie/Middle Dural section of the FARM GATE TRAIL and I feel I can safely say that a thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all - with plenty of requests that we run more frequent tours along our beautiful trail.
Our first visit was to Darling Mills Farm at Berrilee where Steven made us very welcome and gave an interesting talk about the farm. The Adey family owns 40 acres and farm most of this area. You may be familiar with some of his produce and products which he sells (along with sister, Cynthia) at various farmers markets around the metropolitan area, including the Farmers & Gourmet Foods Market (Castle Hill Showground from 8 am?Noon on the 2nd Saturday of each month).
Darling Mills supply their wonderful salad mixes to 30 restaurants and local cafes including some of Sydney?s leading restaurants and chef?s eg. Quay ? The SMH Good Food Guide?s Restaurant of the Year 2005 and the perfection that is Tetsuya Wakuda at Tetsuya and everyone?s favourite, Kylie Kwong.
During his talk, Steven explained that Tetsuya requires the leaves to be perfectly formed and to meet this requirement his leaves are individually inspected and then handpicked! The colours, tastes, aromas and appearance of the different mixes were fabulous too. We saw a type of Dandelion with a brilliant red stem which he mixes with other salad leaves including endive, lettuce and chicory, to form just some of his colourful and delicious mixes.
He sources his seeds from Italy, the USA and Mudgee and harvests some of the plants 2-3 times per season. They are in the main, grown hydroponically
and he uses as close to organic farming methods as is practicable. Steven is also experimenting with the latest culinary fad ? Micro Salads, which are very small and colourful leaves, which are quite piquant and a different taste sensation again.
Thanks again ?Farmer Steven? for hosting us!
|A Day on the FGT with Tourism NSW|
This is an extract from an article in the April Galston News.
A HAWKESBURY HARVEST
Last week the Harvest was visited again by Tourism NSW.
This large government department in liaison with Tourism Australia, promotes regional tourism products to local, interstate and overseas visitors and tour operators. They produce high quality, glossy publications, which they distribute to their target markets - without cost to those who are selected to feature in these brochures.
Previously, our Farm Gate Trail has featured in their Sydney and Surrounds ?
The Wine and Food Lover's Guide and we will feature again in the 2005 edition.
They have also been monitoring our Farm Gate Trail during this period, waiting for it to reach its potential and for some of our members to match their criteria for local and international promotion.
The Farm Gate Trail and monthly Farmers Market are two successful products of Hawkesbury Harvest (HH). There are other potentially successful products and services in the pipe line. HH invites passionate people to become involved to work with its members to maintain its position and achieve its potential. If interested contact Ian Knowd (4570 1250) or David Mason (4588 2144) as the first step in an adventure.
If you can help out at Markets, Events etc that would be fantastic.
Hawkesbury Harvest is also seeking a volunteer who is competent in the use of MYOB to assist us with keeping our accounts.
If interested in either of these roles please contact Ian Knowd (4570 1250) or David Mason (4588 2144) as the first step in an adventure.
|Winter Flowering Hellebores|
Read about Ingrid Nemetz and the fabulous Helleborus Plant.
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(You will need Adobe PDF reader to read this story.)
|A Message from the Executive Officer (EO) of Harvest|
Welcome to our first electronic newsletter, called the Harvest Times Journal.
You will find posted on this page various stories about members, current and future events and information about our partners.
Just click on the view transcript link so you can view or download the complete story and other valuable information.
We hope you enjoy our Winter Harvest Journal.
PS . You must have access to an Adobe PDF reader
|There's something about Polly|
Polly Wheen, a member of Harvest Harvest has a more than passing interest in Rosella's. Not the flying kind.
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|Persimmons, Grammas and Berries|
Two stories and one recipe.
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|Karen Goldie: Harvest Treasurer|
Karen Goldie is Hawkesbury Harvest's Treasurer. Read this facinating insight into Karen and her unquie business.
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|What's happening along the trail: The Hawkesbury|
Read what's happening with members in the Hawkesbury LGA.
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|What's happening along the trail: The Hills|
Read what's happening with members in the Hills LGA.
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|What's happening along the trail: Hornsby|
Read about Harvests interaction with members within the Hornsby LGA.
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|Harvest's own Radio Star|
Each and every Saturday morning at 6.40am, you will find Simon Marnie (ABC Radio 702) discussing the Farm Gate Trail with Harvests own Susan Fennelly.
Click on the 'view transcript' link for a small bio on Susan. (You must have a Adobe PDF reader)
|Wirranainna Ridge, Apple Cider Vinegar made in the Mountains:|
Claudia Kindler prides herselfon the pure un sterilised Apple Cider Vinegar using the famous Bilpin Apples. (Bought fresh on the Farm Gate Trail).
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