THE search for leaders in the agricultural sector who inspire with their vision led directly to South Gippsland for the Gippsland Community Leadership Program (GCLP) recently.
First stop was I Love Farms to hear from newly elected president of the Victorian Farmers Federation Horticulture Group, Emma Germano.
The Germano family welcomed 24 aspiring leaders from across Gippsland to their Mirboo North property, where cauliflowers, potatoes and other vegetables are grown for market and also sold direct to public from the I Love Farms shop on the Strzelecki Highway.
Speaking with the group, Ms Germano, a Nuffield Scholar and former business management consultant, discussed her return to the family business after a successful career in business management and shared her views on the challenges and opportunities for smaller scale farms operating in a mega supermarket environment.
Coming from a broad range of work and community background, for many of the participants in the 2017 GCLP group, the farm visit was a rare opportunity to engage in conversation with a leader in the agricultural sector.
Touring on to Korumburra, GCLP participants were welcome visitors to Burra Foods where they undertook a tour of operations and heard from CEO, Grant Crothers, how the business had developed from an employer of five in 1991 to an employer of 187 in 2017.
The session ended with a visit to Burra Foods’ supplier Luke Wallace at the family’s Wallacedale property in Poowong East where Luke spoke of the importance of genetics in the development of the Jersey herd they produce from today.
GCLP program director, Jenny Hammett, said that the day had been an outstanding opportunity for the group to learn from people whose passion for embracing change was creating new and exciting prospects for the future of agriculture in Gippsland.
Gippsland Community Leadership Program is in its 22nd year of developing community leaders across Gippsland.
Applications for 2018 will open in September this year.
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