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NMIT to serve up great advice and skills at 2012 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo

22 Mar 2013

In 2012 NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) will return to the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo (SAFE). Visitors will recognise some familiar NMIT activity including the Ag Zone, seminar program, country kitchen and Butcher's Shop.

The NMIT Ag Zone is a precinct where SAFE visitors can discover the latest information relevant to agriculture and associated industry sectors all in one place. Now an established fixture at SAFE, the Ag Zone is a one-stop-shop for information and advice on all things agricultural.

"The Faculty of Earth Sciences has a long been a major provider of quality Agriculture and Horticulture training in Victoria. As such, the Faculty is pleased to be involved in SAFE as part of its contribution to the farming industry, particularly through the type of training it can offer to farmers and horticulturalists,” said NMIT Associate Director for the Faculty of Earth Sciences, Wayne Pappin.

Departments within NMIT's Faculty of Earth Sciences (Agriculture, Animal Science, Aquaculture, Equine, Viticulture and Winemaking, and Horticulture) will each occupy a site in the Ag Zone incorporating a series of displays. NMIT staff will be on hand to provide course information about study areas from short courses to degree level.

Over the course of the Expo, NMIT will run a series of seminars where NMIT staff and external industry experts will present on a diverse range of topics. Topics include managing small cattle enterprises, selecting the right poultry breed, fish for farm dams and soil biology. Sessions will be held on each day of the expo, starting on the hour from 11am in a dedicated theatrette next door to the Ag Zone.

“The Faculty, in offering both degree programs and vocational courses, has much to offer those with small scale holdings or those looking to enhance their agriculture and horticulture skills," added Mr Pappin.

In addition to the seminar series, NMIT will be presenting a series of butchery, food preparation and cooking demonstrations at the 'Butcher's Shop' and 'Country Kitchen'. Demonstrations include the breakdown of carcasses with commentary on the various cuts of meat, preparation and cooking of dishes and sausage making.

NMIT's Technical Officer (Meat and Fish), Shannon Combridge, who teaches Meat Processing at NMIT's Epping campus, will help visitors learn more about selecting cuts of meat as well as how to make their own gourmet sausages.

NMIT's Culinary Coordinator, Andrew Shepherd, will also be on hand in the Country Kitchen to demonstrate how to get the best out of meat by making the most of leftovers, using spices, preparing garnishes, side dishes and much more.

More information
A full program of activities and seminars for the NMIT Ag Zone, seminar program, Country Kitchen and Butcher's Shop can be found at or check out the SAFE website at

What: NMIT Ag Zone, Country Kitchen and Butcher's Shop at the 2012 Seymour Alternative Farming Expo (SAFE)

Where: Kings Park, Tallarook Street, Seymour, Victoria

When: 17, 18 and 19 February 2012, 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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