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Australian Native Food & Botanicals (ANFAB) in collaboration with Farming Cooperatives Australia are thrilled to announce a National roadshow working towards Integrating indigenous cultural knowledge and strengthening the industries understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness and incredible array of Australian native species grown in our own backyard.

The roadshow will kick off in Ballina, NSW on the 24-25 August 2017, culminating in Melbourne – VIC, with our National Conference. Each workshop will consist of two days. The first day consisting of presentations by experts in the industry as well as a networking Native food lunch by Harvest Cafe in Newrybar and the second break off workshops and a farm tour of Boon Luck Farm in Tygarah.

The ANFAB series of workshops across Australia are showcasing the exiting developments and possibilities of the burgeoning native food and botanicals sector.

As the extraordinary health benefits and medicinal properties of unique Australian plants are being “discovered” the market demand is enormous, (especially from the national and international pharma and nutraceutical companies) and is far outstripping supply. There are opportunities for growing, value-adding and marketing native foods.

We will be discussing:

  • Delivering the latest industry information: business models, value chain collaboration, quality assurance and logistical optimisation elements
  • Exploring potential emerging markets
  • Connecting growers to the value chain
  • Networking with the region’s native food growers and building beneficial relationships
  • Integrating indigenous cultural knowledge to strengthen the industry’s understanding and appreciation of the uniqueness and value of the species grown.

Our incredible speaker line up for Ballina:

Amanda Garner, Chair of ANFAB discussing Export markets and opportunities

Rusell Glover, Local Riberry Grower

Dr Yasmina Sultanbawa, Researcher at University of Queensland

Josh Gilbert, Manager Indigenous Consulting, Price Waterhouse Coopers

Sheryl Rennie, Local Finger Lime Grower

Clayton Donovan, Chef and Presenter Wild Kitchen

Rebecca Barnes, Founder of Playing with Fire

Peter Hardwick, Forager for Harvest Cafe and Native Food expert


Other roadshow places and dates:

Adelaide – SA, September 1 & 2

Cairns – QLD, September 3 & 4

Darwin – NT, November 21, 22 & 23

Perth – WA, September TBC

Port Hedland & Broome – WA, October TBC

Launceston – TAS, November TBC

Melbourne – VIC, February TBC


For more details, media interviews or images please contact Rebecca Sullivan mobile: 0439 546 200 or email: rebecca.sullivan@anfab.org.au

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ANFAB gratefully acknowledges the financial and other support it has received from The Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program (Farming Together Program) which is supported by $14,934,000 (inclusive of GST) grant auspiced to Southern Cross University to administer the Program by the Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

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