A special consignment of beetroot produced by budding young horticulturists is making its way to the Genuinely Southern Forests Allstates Farms market floor today as Manjimup Senior High School students harvest their wares and send them to market.
Senior horticulture students, led by their teacher Mr Andrew Pound, have produced various crops and having reached maturity were looking for options to sell their produce and looked to the Southern Forests Food Council (SFFC) for advice.
“The students are keen to learn about food production and understand the supply chain, so it was great to be able to link in with the great work that the Food Council are doing.” said Mr Pound.
SFFC Produce Liaison Officer, Anthony East was impressed by the initiative and visited the class to demonstrate how to harvest and prepare the beetroot crop for sale through the Genuinely Southern Forests market floor at Canning Vale.
“We are keen to support the next generation of farmers, and it’s great that we now have an avenue through the Genuinely Southern Forests market floor for the students to understand the whole supply chain from growing, to harvesting, and getting the product to market.” said Mr East.
The consignment has piqued the interest of GetFresh Merchants, who have recently partnered with Genuinely Southern Forests to supply their clients across the hospitality industry. Some of the chefs GetFresh Merchants service have expressed an interest to get their hands on the beetroot to include in their seasonal menus.
The Genuinely Southern Forests Allstates Farms market floor was launched in January 2017 and has seen over $1m of Genuinely Southern Forests produce sold. The initiative provides Genuinely Southern Forests growers with an avenue to sell their branded produce as well as buyers to access genuine fresh local produce from WA’s premier growing region.