From farm to fork: women in horticulture take virtual tour of the Wide Bay-Burnett

Women working in the vibrant horticulture industry in the Wide Bay-Burnett are invited to take a well deserved break from the daily grind to attend a special industry luncheon and virtual bus tour on Thursday, 16 July 2020 at HSG At The Gardens in Bundaberg.

The Women in Horticulture Virtual Bus Tour is a collaborative initiative between Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers (BFVG), and Growcom, the peak industry body for horticulture in Queensland.

Originally intended to be an actual bus tour to visit horticulture producers, the event has been revamped to accommodate the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.

Growcom Hort360 Facilitator Michelle Haase said the virtual bus tour is an opportunity for women in horticulture to connect with fellow members of the local industry and gain insight into their achievements and challenges.

“While getting onto a coach or bus is not an option at the moment, we can still meet in a space that’s spread out. So rather than taking delegates out on-farm, we are bringing the spirit of the farm to the delegates,” Michelle said.

“The expansive and gorgeous grounds of HSG are perfect, not only because there is more than enough room, but local chef Dion Taylor is a gun at making locally grown produce the star of every meal.

“This is a great opportunity for us to treat these women to a much-deserved morning tea and lunch featuring beautiful local produce from the region.”

The Women in Horticulture Virtual Bus Tour will feature a special guest presentation by Genevieve Matthews from The Art of Extraordinary, and other presentations and in-field video interviews, both in person and via Zoom.

“We are very excited to welcome leadership and business coach Genevieve Matthews who specialises in bringing out the best in people,” said Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers Managing Director Bree Grima.

”Genevieve will lead an empowering woman in farm leadership session focusing on embracing your position on farm and having the confidence to present and promote.

“We welcome all women in the industry to come along and let their hair down, I guarantee it will be an informative and fabulous day out!”

Both Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers and Growcom acknowledge there may be some people in the industry who are hesitant about participating in group activities given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attendees can be confident event organisers and professional staff at HSG have appropriate measure in place to meet all COVID requirements.

With restrictions being lifted in early July 2020, gatherings of up to fifty people will be allowed in venues with sufficient floor space and area for social distancing.

The Women in Horticulture Virtual Bus Tour is made possible with the support of the Burnett Mary Regional Group, funded by the Queensland Government Reef Water Quality Program.

To register for this event, jump online at or contact Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers on 07 4153 3007.

EVENT: Women in Horticulture Virtual Bus Tour
LOCATION: HSG At The Gardens, 57 Gorlicks Rd, Branyan QLD 4670
DATE: Thursday, 16 July 2020
TIME: 9:30am-2.30pm (Sign in anytime from 9:00am)
RSVP: Register at or contact BFVG on 07 4153 3007.

Source: Growcom

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