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TAS Country : March 10th 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011 Tasmanian Country 7 News PRODUCE APLENTY: Joan Workman, left, and Jean Howlett check some corn in Joan's garden. Best friends ensure market thrives JENNIFER CRAWLEY FRIENDS Jean Howlett and Joan Workman have the country in their hearts. Jean and Joan are two women behind the Coal River Valley Farmers Market at Campania in the south-east, or as the locals like to call it, the Campania markets. Jean is the founder of the growers market which started in October 2005. The Howletts are a well known Southern Midlands farming family at one stage owned most the farms between Campania and Stockdale. Joan lives just down the road from Jean and her extensive garden wraps around the house in the middle of a paddock. A large water tank sits on its side roped to the ground so it doesn't blow away. ''I'm waiting for someone to help me fix it to the ground and make a chook shed,'' Joan said. ''Joan can't stop gardening,'' Jean said. She tends to tomatoes, corn, red onions, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, pear trees, apple trees, capsicums, lettuces, beetroot broadbeans and pumpkins while her husband is famous in the region for his red onions. Joan has so much produce that she has to have two tables at the market. She makes pickles and jams and sells eggs. ''She is truly a countrywoman,'' Jean said. Jean has stepped back from managing the market because of a family illness but her son is the president and she is involved from the sidelines. ''I took a bucket of lemons last month,'' she said. Jean said the location of the market was ideal -- the local hall in Flour Mill Park with toilets, plenty of parking spots and a pedestrian crossing. The success of the market has raised the profile of Campania and cemented the Southern Midlands as a producer of quality fruit and vegetables. The markets are held on the second Sunday of the month from October to April. Joan said prices were more than reasonable with people from Hobart visiting every month. Big black cherries sell for $6 a kilo and iceberg lettuces for only $2. Joan uses the money made from her vegetables for little luxuries she would not normally be able to afford. The walnut tree her dad gave her when she was a little girl is heavy with green orbs that will soon be ready for the market. Pact vital to dairy security KAROLIN MacGREGOR TASMANIA'S two peak dairy organis- ations have signed a memorandum of understanding to help secure the fu- ture of the state's dairy industry. DairyTas and the Tasmanian Far- mers and Graziers Association dairy council signed the MOU this week. Both organisations play a vital role in the state's dairy industry. DairyTas is a key service delivery organisation which also plays a major role in industry development. The TFGA's main responsibilities are as a representative body for the state's dairy producers and policy setting. The new agreement comes ahead of next year's review of the dairy farmers' service levy. The levy is used to fund improve- ments in national dairy farm perform- ance and allows Dairy Australia to provide trade and strategic support, industry marketing campaigns, edu- cation and training programs. DairyTas chairman Paul Bennett said the MOU was an important move. ''Tasmania is an important contribu- tor to the national industry with nearly 8 per cent of the production now coming from our dairy farmers,'' Mr Bennett said. ''We have limited resources avail- able to support the industry and much to do, so it is important that we work effectively together. ''This MOU gives us that frame- work.'' TFGA dairy council chairman And- rew Lester said the agreement was a good example of how different industry bodies could work together. ''By pooling our resources, we get far better on ground outcomes for dairy farmers,'' Mr Lester said. ''The TFGA and DairyTas have worked cooperatively on a number of important matters and we look forward to this cooperation extending into the future.'' 30672 Steel prices set to rise mid March! www.ranbuild.com.au Call your local accredited Ranbuild Dealer today: 1300 RANBUILD Beat the Steel Price Rise -- Order Your Shed Now!
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