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Ag Zone precinct a success at 2010 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo

25 Mar 2013

NMIT, through the departments of Agriculture & Animal Science, Horticulture and Hospitality had a significant involvement in the 2010 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo (February 19-21).

The event is reputedly the largest event of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. This year it attracted 42,000 visitors over its three days, who hailed from Melbourne's northern and eastern fringes in addition to the State's central and north eastern regions.

Following its successful launch at the 2009 event, NMIT built on the popular "Ag Zone" precinct concept and this year:

  • occupied a 54 square metre display site for the promotion of primary industry courses at NMIT.
  • conducted a series of 15 seminars with topics selected to engage owners/prospective owners of small holdings and alternative farming enterprises.
  • collaborated with the Seymour Agricultural Society in its program of practical livestock demonstrations.
  • presented butchery, food preparation and cooking demonstrations in the Butcher Shop and Country Kitchen.

Involvement with the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo allowed NMIT to raise further awareness of the diversity of its programs particularly in the primary industry areas.

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