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NMIT expands presence at Seymour Alternative Farming Expo

02 Feb 2011

NMIT is tripling its involvement at this year's Seymour Alternative Farming Expo (SAFE) with the addition of two new NMIT 'Zones' at the Southern Hemisphere's most successful alternative farming and lifestyle expo.

In addition to the popular NMIT Ag Zone, Expo visitors will also be able to visit NMIT's new 'Food Zone' as well as a 'Hair, Health and Beauty Zone'.

“By adding the two new 'Zones' we aim to give Expo visitors a snapshot of our diverse industry-based training programs as well as adding to their enjoyment of this year's event ,” says NMIT Associate Director of Earth Sciences, Wayne Pappin.

The NMIT Ag Zone, now an established fixture at SAFE, is a convenient one-stop-shop for rural technical innovations, advice and seminars ideal for the small holding owner. The Ag Zone is home to experts from NMIT and other rural organisations and features stands with the latest in agricultural products, services, alternative livestock and food production. Staff from NMIT will also be on hand to advise on training and career pathways for primary industries including agriculture, land management, conservation, aquaculture, equine, viticulture and horticulture.

A big feature of the NMIT Ag Zone is the NMIT Seminar Program. Fifteen seminars will be run over the three days with an emphasis on 'how to'. Topics include: Fish Selection for Farm Dams; Establishing a Small Vineyard; Livestock Selection for Small Holdings; Sustainable Garden Design; Soil Improvement; Producer's Accreditation for Farmer's Markets; Care of Poultry, Aquaculture in Victoria and Biochar. The Seminar Program will be presented in conjunction with the Seymour Agricultural and Pastoral Society's program of demonstrations and talks on livestock handling and husbandry.

The new NMIT Food Zone brings experts from NMIT's Hospitality and Meat Processing programs to SAFE with demonstrations of butchery, food preparation and cooking using fresh local produce.

“If you have ever wanted to know more about selecting cuts of meat then the NMIT 'Butcher's Shop' is the place to learn,” says Wayne Pappin. “Expo visitors can watch our expert butcher break down lamb, pig, deer and goat carcasses; learn how to make their own gourmet sausages and smallgoods or prepare the ultimate spit roast.”

Biggest Loser star to be special guest at the NMIT 'Country Kitchen'

The Food Zone also includes the NMIT 'Country Kitchen' where our expert chefs will demonstrate how to get the best from your meat. Learn how to make the most of leftovers by creating great garnishes; prepare curried lamb; make creative salads, pastas and ragu or learn how to cater for a country-style banquet with tips on plating, centrepieces and table arrangement.

Appearing as a special guest in the 'Country Kitchen' will be The Biggest Loser's Shannan Ponton. A team trainer on the popular (TEN network) TV show, Shannan will spend about an hour at the 'Country Kitchen' on Saturday and Sunday (around 1pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday) to participate in the cooking program and to sign autographs.

NMIT's third 'Zone' is all about relaxing and looking your best. The NMIT Hair, Health and Beauty Zone features aromatherapy consultations, hand and corporate massage, hair braiding and nail manicure by staff and students from NMIT's Personal Services Department.

NMIT is one of Victoria's leading hairdressing, beauty, massage and aromatherapy schools. Staff and students will be available to answer questions about careers and training in hair, beauty and massage.

More information
A full program of activities and seminars taking place at the NMIT Ag Zone, Food Zone and Hair, Health and Beauty Zone can be found at or check out the SAFE website at

What: NMIT Ag Zone, Food Zone and Hair, Health and Beauty Zone at the 2011 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo (SAFE)

Where: Kings Park, Tallarook Street, Seymour, Victoria

When: 18, 19 and 20 February 2011, 9am - 5pm


Interview / Photo Opportunity

Media enquiries should be directed to the NMIT Communications Officer, James Gardener, on (03) 92691579, 0413 483 182 or

NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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