Fire and rain no challenge for Seymour Alternative Farming Expo

By: Carene Chong

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Bushfire warnings in the area failed to shake the spirits of locals as thousands streamed through the gates of the 2014 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo (SAFE)

The event, which ran last week for three days from February 14 to 16 at Kings Park, Seymour, managed to attract a healthy 39,000 visitors despite bushfire fears and ironically, rain that washed through the area over the weekend.

Not your typical farming field days, the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo claims to be the leading industry show in Australia when it comes to alternative farming methods (ie organic, hydroponic) and livestock.

In recent years, the show has a strong focus on rural lifestyle and education, in which free seminars are provided to aspiring entrepreneurs wanting to start up their own farming enterprises and how they can best manage them.

About 500 exhibitors were on-site to display their wares. From alpaca enterprises to poultry farms; from solar energy retailers to tractor dealers, it is an event that SAFE Seminar Organiser Tim Morgan says is for anyone and everyone.

Also on-site were a good range of food stalls selling mouth-watering bites such as bratwurst and gourmet ice-cream made with fresh ingredients straight from the paddocks.

"Public response to the event has risen over recent years, so it’s certainly maintaining its popularity," Morgan says.

Morgan adds the show serves as a great platform for not only full-time farmers but anyone who wish to start up small businesses to receive the information and education they need.

"Fortunately, the fires this year haven’t affected our event to a great degree at all, so that’s a great thing."

Seymour Alternative Farming Expo Manager and owner Colin Stray says machinery dealers have done exceptionally well at the expo, either successfully making sales from the event or obtaining quality leads.

He adds visitors left with smiles on their faces as well, overall satisifed with their experience at the show.

"We put a lot of energy and effort into making sure there is a great diversity of products on display at the show, the quality of the food is great as well as making sure vistiors are entertained throughout," he says.

Enjoy the videos and pictures we have captured at the show .


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