The Huon Valley is the home of a growing population of makers and growers. They feed your spirit as well as your appetite!
It has a long history of fruit growing, being very well known and regarded for its apple growing. In more recent times, innovative and sustainability-focused apple and fruit growers have developed national award-winning ciders such as Willie Smith’s, Pagan Cider, Frank’s Cider and Simple Cider.
Wineries of the Huon Valley specialise in cool-climate wine varieties such as the multi-award-winning Home Hill Winery.
Specialty products such as saffron, culinary lavender, olives, honey, gin, vodka and beer, as well as specialty meats and delicacies are all available here. We have a strong network of small producers supported by the Huon Producers’ Network, as well as several community gardens in most townships.
Cooking schools such as Fat Pig Farm and the Farmhouse Kitchen make for a foodie’s delight!
The Huon Producers’ Network’s vision for the Huon Valley is a vibrant and diverse group of small- to medium-sized producers who work cooperatively to establish a local food bowl and resilient economy.
The Network remains a visible, accessible resource for people to access fresh, local food, organically grown by passionate producers. The Network provides training and networking opportunities to people in the Valley and beyond, who want to connect with like-minded growers and learn more about how to develop their own patch of earth.
Seedlab Tasmania is a unique incubator providing Tasmanian startup food, drink and agri-tourism businesses with access to expertise, training and support to help them start, scale and grow to become export-ready.
Seedlab has a broad base of support from the Australian Government, a national retailer (Woolworths), the University of Tasmania, regional investment agencies and commercial partners.
This support covers the costs for startup businesses to access the programme, coaching and mentoring through 2020 and 2021.
AgriGrowth Loan Scheme (including Young Farmer Support Package)
The AgriGrowth Loan Scheme (including Young Farmer Support Package) is an initiative of the Tasmanian Government providing low interest loans to Tasmanian farm businesses and agri-food businesses. It will support projects that advance the government’s AgriVision 2050 plan which aims to increase the value of the agriculture and agri-food sectors in Tasmania.
Find out more about the AgriGrowth Loan Scheme.
Tassie Harvest Jobs
Seasonal work opportunities are available throughout the Huon Valley, supporting our small, medium and larger farm operations.
To register employment vacancies, it is recommended that you register your details with the national Harvest Trail website who are centrally managing job vacancies for the 2020/21 season.
The Harvest Trail Information Service hotline is 1800 062 332.
Skills development and training
The Agriskills Entry Program is a great starting point if you are looking for a job in the agriculture or production horticulture industries. It provides job-ready skills sought after by employers. The program is a pathway into employment and potential transition into either a Certificate II traineeship or Certificate III apprenticeship.
Find out more about the Agriskills Entry Program.
For more information and support:
Fruit Growers Tasmania – peak body representing apple, pear, cherry, berry and stone fruit growers in Tasmania. It is a not-for-profit industry association run by Tasmania’s growers, for Tasmania’s fruit growers.
Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association – peak body representing the interests of Tasmanian farmers at a state and national level.
Wine Tasmania – not-for-profit organisations, financed by wine producer member businesses, including brand showcase members and associate members, with occasional funding sourced from corporate sponsors, and the Australian and Tasmanian Governments.
Tasmanian Distillers Association – not-for-profit organisation supporting all parts of the state producing gin, vodka, whisky, brandy, absinthe and other fine spirits.
Independent Brewers Association (Tasmania) – representation of Tasmania’s independent brewers, providing a united voice for independently-owned brewers across Australia.
Tasmanian Beekeepers Association – peak apiarists industry organisation in Tasmania, representing Australian beekeeper interests at the local, state and national levels.
Rural Business Tasmania – not-for-profit association that primarily offers financial counselling and business support expertise to rural and regional communities.