A GROUP of students from TAFE Illawarra Bega campus will be selling quality local produce at the South Coast Field Days this weekend.
The students are from a short course called Making a Buck from Beetroot.
They come from a variety of age groups and backgrounds and all of them are passionate about growing and preparing quality local produce.
While planning their food preparation unit, the students decided to use citrus, which was plentiful and in season when it was needed.
Three “Citrus Sensations” products were made in one day, under the guidance of a commercial cooking teacher and using the TAFE commercial kitchen.
The students all had fun while learning to make Orange Whiskey Marmalade, Indian Lime Pickle and Preserved Lemons.
The preserves and a selection of other citrus-inspired products will be available at the South Coast Field Days, held at Bega Showground tomorrow and Sunday.
Proceeds from the sales will be donated to Ricky’s Place.
Making a Buck from Beetroot has covered all aspects of establishing a sustainable food business.
This includes growing food, food safety, business planning, marketing and financial requirements.
Throughout the course, there is a focus on understanding that to be sustainable the business needs to use fewer resources.
The course provides the students with a Certificate I – Access to Work and Training.
“With this like-minded group there is a great deal of potential,” said Vickie Goldsmith, one of the course facilitators.
“Students are already starting to develop ideas for a business, either on their own or in groups.”
One of the students, Emily Stokes, is already producing for sale, but wanted to do more.
Emily said she found the farm tour and commercial kitchen days inspiring.
“They neatly brought together everything we have been working on in class,” she said.
“After this, I felt very confident that I would be able to start a small scale food business of my own.”
Making a Buck from Beetroot has been funded by Illawarra TAFE through the Bega campus general education faculty and Cooma campus outreach faculty).
Field Day organisers SCPA South East Producers are a partner in the program.
To inquire about enrolling for future courses, contact David Grainger, general education head teacher, on 6492 9741.