THE South Coast Field Days this weekend in Bega throw open new choices for many locals and visitors looking for a better quality of life.
The field days are organised by SCPA-South East Producers for tomorrow and Sunday at the Bega Showground in Upper St.
For 20 years, SCPA members have explored “sunrise” industries crafted from their passion for living and working in this beautiful region.
Such new options to live from ecologically sustainable enterprises pave the way for people in the South East to try new business ideas.
Small species farmers, market gardeners and value-add food producers and crafters are some of the new agricultural enterprises that are coming from SCPA members.
SCPA members share their skills and promote the natural assets of the region to a new generation of people looking for alternatives to traditional work and city living.
“SCPA has enabled like-minded people to connect at our events including markets, courses, field days and other activities, which helps to create the kind of community they want to live in,” SCPA president John Champagne said.
SCPA has developed its own organic certification system, which supports members to get premium prices for products and be recognised for the best quality.
SCPA also partners with the Bega Valley Shire Council, TAFE Illawarra Bega campus and other agencies.
“A distinct advantage in partnering with SCPA is that we have instantly multiplied our access to the other many bodies, agencies, groups and community members that they are engaged with,” David Grainger of Bega TAFE’s general education faculty said.
“This makes our job of taking, and responding to, the economic and social pulse of the community at large so much easier.”
There are many projects SCPA members are involved in, including seed saving, regional food development, local markets, education events and information sharing.
If you have a passion for creating a living from your own work, the South Coast Field Days could provide some answers.
For more information, visit www.southcoastfielddays.com.au.