Putting our small-scale producers on the map

The Victorian Government is supporting small-scale and craft businesses across the state, helping producers work together to put their high-quality produce on the tourism map.

Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas visited Fleurs de Lyonville – a chemical-free micro flower farm in the Central Highlands, to officially open stream three of the Small-Scale and Craft Program.

Fleurs de Lyonville uses regenerative agricultural practices and supplies to consumers via local grocers, florists and wedding packages. Under the program, the business received funding to purchase a polytunnel and hoop houses to increase production and diversify its product line.

Alongside Fleurs de Lyonville, many other small-scale and craft producers across Victoria have received grants through previous streams of the program – including gourmet pie producers, olive growers, sake distillers and alpaca farmers.

Stream Three offers grants of between $25,000 and $100,000 for eligible small-scale and craft agribusinesses. These grants will support projects that showcase multiple producers and support the creation of distinct visitor experiences, creating tourist attractions that put their region on the map.

The Government is helping small agribusinesses grow as a key pillar of its Agriculture Strategy, which will in turn boost visitation to regional towns and create jobs.

The Small-Scale and Craft Program supports the vision for an agriculture sector that is strong, innovative, and sustainable. It is a $10.2 million program over four years that delivers on the Government’s election commitment.

To find out more about the Small-Scale and Craft Program visit agriculture.vic.gov.au/smallscaleandcraftprogram.

Source: Vic Government