Bright ideas sprouting

APPLICATIONS for the 2024 Sprout producer program are now open and Sprout is calling on the next round of producers for its 12-month program to step up.

Sprout Tasmania is a non-profit organisation that supports small-scale, ethical producers to get their projects in the ground, growing and to market.

Each year Sprout chooses a cohort of farmers to guide and further their learning in both farming and business

to develop their farming enterprises.

The program is a support network of like-minded people who venture out on field trips, coaching, online learning and case-by-case support programs.

Sprout’s producer liaison, Ollie Benson, who runs the producer program said that this year they were keen to work with producers that are focused on farming commercially.

“We really want to see significant future benefits for them as individuals as well as their business and the Tasmanian community,” Mr Benson said.

“They can be at any stage of their farming journey, and from anywhere in Tasmania – we love seeing applications land in our inboxes from every corner of the state.”

Mr Benson said Sprout continued to develop its online education centre, the Sprout Hub, offering more field days.

“The main goal each year is to provide all the producers with confidence and skillsets to advance their farming business and ensure it’s sustainable for themselves, as well as the land on which they farm.”

Applications close on September 25. Visit www. for more details.

This year’s Sprout producer program participants at Valleyfield farm in the Huon Valley. 

Picture: LIBBY McKAY