Market Notice Board
This page is regularly updated with farmers’ markets community notices, job vacancies in farmers’ markets, and other matters of particular interest to market operators and managers. Please contact us if you would like to place a notice on the Bulletin Board.
Farmer Mental Health Survey
Seeking participants to complete a short online questionnaire.
Participation will contribute to research investigating how innate human needs and underlying thoughts and emotions may be related to mental health and suicide in Australian farmers. This is an important area of research for our country, particularly in regards to the high rates of suicide amongst farmers.
Participation is completely voluntary and entirely anonymous.
Please feel free to share these details with other farmers who may like to partake in this study.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact: Ashleigh.M.Skinner@student.uts.edu.au
GIPPSLAND 50 MILE FARMERS MARKETS SEEKING FARMERS + FOOD PRODUCER STALLHOLDERS
The Morwell and Traralgon 50 Miles Farmers Markets are currently seeking expression of interest and applications from local farmers and food producers who would like to have a stall at one or both of the markets.
Applicants must be located within 50 miles (80km) of the hosting towns market site, however exceptions may be made for applicants who are a small distance outside of the catchment. Stallholders will be selected and given priority in accordance with the Australian Farmers’ Markets Associations Model Rules.
Expressions of interest and applications available from:
Morwell – http://www.50milefarmersmarket.com/getastallmorwell/
Traralgon – http://www.50milefarmersmarket.com/get-a-stall-traralgon/
More details: Emmet Blackwell at: email@example.com
PRODUCE FOOD SAFETY CENTRE LAUNCHES COMPREHENSIVE GUIDELINES
The University of Sydney based Fresh Produce Safety Centre has launched new guidelines for horticulture producers.
The comprehensive document Guidelines for Fresh Produce Food Safety focuses on-farm and details hazards, risks and best practice food safety management procedures. It is an excellent all-purpose food safety resource for fruit and vegetable growers.
The Guidelines are downloadable at: https://pwww.producesafetycentreanz.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/guidelines.pdf
CLUCK CLUCK – CALLING NSW EGG PRODUCERS!
Revised regulations apply to egg packaging and date stamping – please refer to:
Since 26 November 2014, all eggs produced and sold in NSW must be stamped with a unique identifier (code) for trace-back to the place of production in the event of a food poisoning outbreak. The only exceptions to this are businesses that:
- produce less than 20 dozen eggs a week, and
- sell those eggs direct from the farm gate, or
- use those eggs for a fundraising activity where the eggs will be cooked.
This initiative is part of a wider strategy to reduce the risk of food poisoning caused by eggs.
DAFF HORTICULTURE LEVIES
The Department of Agriculture Forestry + Fisheries Levy Department has contacted AFMA to seek support to circulate information to Farmers’ Market Stallholders concerning prevailing horticulture levy structures, their collection and the disbursement of funds raised.
This information is for the attention of ALL STALLHOLDERS selling HORTICULTURAL PRODUCTS.
These include almonds, apples, avocadoes, bananas, cherries, chestnuts, citrus, custard apples, dried fruits, ginger, honey, lychees, macadamia nuts, mangoes, nursery products, hard onions, papaya, passionfruit, pears, persimmons, potatoes, stone-fruit, strawberries, table grapes and vegetables.
The frequency of submitting a levy/charge and return forms varies from commodity to commodity, ranging from monthly to quarterly and annually. It is up to individual stall holders to familiarise themselves with the prevailing Levy requirements.
ON-LINE PUBLIC LIABILITY INSURANCE
Check out www.netinsure.com.au for handy on-line insurance for market operators and stallholders
Chegwyn Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd
Phone: 02 9604 6166 | Fax: 02 9604 6188
AUSTRALIAN OLIVE ASSOCIATION (AOA) CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
Olive producers selling in farmers’ markets are invited to learn more about the AOA Accreditation Program designed to ensure integrity and quality. Market mangers are asked to bring this program to the attention of their olive product stallholders. For more details go to http://www.australianextravirgin.com.au
ATTENTION HERB + SPICE PRODUCERS!
For latest industry news please contact:
Secretariat, PO Box 45, Bundaberg, QLD 4670
Tel: 07 4153 3007
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