Hydroponic Farmers Federation farm tour – Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses

Hydroponic Farmers Federation of Victoiria Biennial hydroponic farmers conference and trade exhibition.

The Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF)  farm tour will visit Boomaroo Nursery, a world-class vegetable seedling producer, and Thoang’s farm, a truss tomato, strawberry and Lebanese cucumber hothouse producer. This farm tour option is available to registered delegates of the HFF Conference and Trade Exhibition, to be held at the Mantra Lorne Resort, Victoria, from 8-10 June 2016.

Boomaroo Nursery

Boomaroo supplies around 300 million seedlings to growers across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. The seedling producer is renowned for  high quality commercial seedlings and wholesale greenlife, and its capacity to deliver on time, every time.

The hallmark combination of high quality products, customer service and innovation in seedling production mean that much of the fresh vegetable produce available in supermarkets originates from Boomaroo seedlings, including lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, leek and onions. Located in Lara, Victoria, Boomaroo has 20 hectares under production.

The nursery also specialises in greenlife products, including potted colour (ornamental flowering plants), and are now one of Australia’s largest cyclamen producers.

Beginning as a small family business, Boomaroo was built on the passion of the three Jacometti brothers. Now with over 100 permanent employees, Boomaroo is one of Australia’s largest seedling suppliers and is recognised for its state-of-the-art technology and processes.

For more information on Boomaroo, visit website: http://www.boomaroo.com

Thoang’s farm

Thoang’s farm was established in 1985 by his parents who grew Asian vegetables such as khang kong, mint and bak choi, which were supplied to the Asian grocery shops around Melbourne.

Thoang took over the farming business in 2000. He started to grow tomatoes in a short crop. Along with the tomatoes, he thought he would try growing other crops also, including Chinese broccoli.

In 2012, Thoang decided to try a long crop with grafted plants from Trandos in his low-tech hothouses. The one crop rotation per year has saved him a lot of crop costings and down time.

Thoang's farm Thoang’s farm

This year because of poor tomato pricing, Thoang has invested in growing strawberries in his shade houses and Lebanese cucumbers in his hothouses. This was done because he wanted to diversify his business, in other words, “not to put all your eggs into one basket.” Still, it has been a learning curve for him, but the pricing has been rewarding and he looks forward to the challenge.

For further information and registration, email: eg@asnevents.net.au or visit website: https://members.asnevents.com.au/event/1423   O

Posted 11 May 2016

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10th Hydroponic Farmers Federation Conference – Practical Hydroponics & Greenhouses

Hydroponic Farmers Federation of Victoiria Biennial hydroponic farmers conference and trade exhibition.

The 10th biennial Hydroponic Farmers Federation of Victoria (HFF) conference and technical exhibition will be held at the Mantra Lorne Resort, Apollo Bay, Victoria, from 8-10 June 2016. The HFF is an industry grower organisation whose membership includes commercial growers and industry representatives (businesses offering support to growers). The organisation is open to all hydroponic farmers Australia wide.

The HFF grew from a small self-help group to the large association it is today through a commitment to furthering the hydroponic industry through growers supporting each other.

The primary aims of the HFF is to provide representation and advocacy for and on behalf of its members to all levels of government and other relevant organisations on issues relevant to the hydroponic industry; to promote hydroponic produce and continue to develop its market share; enhance grower performance through education, training and networking; provide members with the opportunity to share the benefits of group purchasing and marketing; and to encourage and facilitate research relevant to the hydroponic industry.

Conference speakers include:

Martin Kneebone, FreshlogicJames Altmann, Biological ServicesCallum Cormack, WestmoresJan Dijkmann (Netherlands), Philips HorticultureBryce Gilchrist (NZ), Tasman Bay HerbsDon Grant (NZ), Tasman Bay HerbsNicky Mann, Roses 2 Go Pty LtdScott Mathew, Syngenta AustraliaMike Nichols (NZ), Massey UniversitySophie Parks, NSW Dept. Of Primary IndustriesJames Rattray, Flowerdale FarmMichael Simonetta, Perfection Fresh AustraliaGraeme Smith, Graeme Smith ConsultingDanny Trandos, Trandos Hydroponic GrowersHerman Van der Gulik (Netherlands), Enza Zaden Export BVMarcus Van Heyst, Powerplants AustraliaRichard Vollebregt, Cravo

Farm visits include Boomaroo Nursery, a world class vegetable seedling producer supplying around 300 million seedlings to growers across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia.  The nursery also specialises in greenlife products, including potted colour (ornamental flowering plants), and are now one of Australia’s largest cyclamen producers.

Earlybird registrations close 30 April 2016.

For further information and registration: Ph: (03) 8658 9530 or email Ruby at rh@asnevents.net.au or visit http://www.hff2016.asnevents.com.au  O

Posted 9 April 2016

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