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TAS Country : October 21st 2010
12 Tasmanian Country Friday, October 22, 2010 News LOOKING AHEAD: Matthew Smithies, from the National Trust, at Clarendon ahead of next month's event. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Heritage connection for look at the future JENNIFER CRAWLEY THE grandest home in the state is about to open its doors to the rural com- munity. The National Trust es- tate of Clarendon at Evan- dale is the venue for Con- necting Communities, an event organisers hope will become a regular highlight on the rural calendar. Connecting Communi- ties is a three-day expo, from November 6-8 that includes presentations, a panel discussion, edu- cational programs, infor- mation sessions, the an- nouncement of the Tasmanian Quality Assur- ance Award, demon- strations and entertain- ment in the grounds of Clarendon. Topics over the long weekend include food pro- duction, emerging boutique markets, organic farming, viticulture, farm management deposits, the Tasmanian wool and dairy industries, legislation re- strictions and regulations, retailing, farm-gate initiat- ives and health-related is- sues ranging from de- pression to GP availability. Organiser Matthew Smithies said heritage buildings were often thought to only belong to the past. ''Clarendon is very much a living, breathing place that belongs to the present as well as the past,'' Mr Smithies said. Connecting Communi- ties was organised by the National Trust, the Tas- manian Farmers and Graz- iers Association and the Department of Primary In- dustries, Parks, Water and Environment. Recently refurbished outbuildings, including the coach house, threshing barn and shearing shed, will be opened to the pub- lic.There will be everything from croquet in the West Courtyard and archery on the West Lawn, to French polishing demonstrations in the walled garden and lacemaking in the house. A lively discussion on what Tasmania will look like in 2030 will take place in the Clarendon shearing shed on the Sunday. The panel will be chai- red by radio producer and farmer Sally Dakis and includes Dairy Tas boss Mark Smith, TFGA boss Jan Davis, DPIPWE policy manager Robin Thompson and organic industry rep- resentative Alexander Mitchell. Mr Smithies said Claren- don was a central location perfect for urban and rural dwellers to come together. ''There is growing in- terest in the urban com- munity in rural matters,'' he said. ''They want to know where food comes from, they want to engage directly with the rural community. ''Tassie has the highest growth of farm-gate sales in the country. There is a strong consciousness of where our food comes from and the moral issues that surround it.'' Winemaker Jeremy Dineen from Josef Chromy wines, Mark Smith from Dairy Tas, Warren Hunt from Sheep Connect, Rural Youth, the Wasabi Growers Association, Leonie Young from beyon- dblue and Vyv Alomes from Rural Alive and Well will speak at the event. For more details visit nationaltrusttas.org.au or phone 6344 6233. A record slice of cherry pie THE season's first cherries have fetched a record $110,000 for the box in a charity auction at Sydney Markets. The 5kg box, containing about 400 cherries, was bought by a group of Syd- ney Markets workers call- ing themselves Sydney Markets Cherry Knight, in honour of their late col- league and friend Sam Agostino. Mr Agostino, who died last year, was a wholesaler at the markets and well known for his delicious cherries. In 2006, Mr Agostino and his son David forked out $55,000 for the season's first cherries, the record price until this year's sale. The annual Cherry Auc- tion at the Homebush West markets marks the official start of the cherry season. It has raised more than $1 million for charities since it began 31 years ago. Last year, the first box sold for $25,000. In 1980, the inaugural year, the win- ning bid was $65. Much of the money raised this year will go to the children's charity Var- iety to buy medical equip- ment for the intensive care unit at the Sydney Chil- dren's Hospital. Save Our Sons, a charity dedicated to fundraising and research on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a de- generative muscular dis- ease, will also get a slice of the cherry pie. 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