The Future of Farming

Presented by FAN and Gympie Regional Council

Date: Thursday October 5, 1-6pm

Venue: 14 Meadows Lane, Chatsworth, Gympie

Cost: Future of Farming workshop and Gympie Gold Regional Produce and FAN networking BBQ – FREE

Note: Please register for catering purposes

FAN & Gympie Regional Council invite you to an educational afternoon on the “Future of Farming” where you will hear from 3 x guest speakers followed by an informative and delicious networking BBQ featuring a cooking demonstration by Gympie Region Food and Food Tourism Ambassador, Matt Golinski. You will have the chance to network with fellow farmers, producers and foodies.


Chemical Free Farming and the “Sum of all Parts” to success

Guest Speaker #1 (45 mins): Andrew McLennan, Consulting Biological Agronimist, Chemical Free Farmers Association

Removing synthetic inputs from your production system is only one component of the transition towards sustainable farming. Learn about the intricate web of holistic Farming, and just how important it is to identify and understand the "sum of all parts" in being successful at producing chemical free nutrient dense food from a sustainable source.

Drones & Farming

Guest speaker #2 (25 mins): Alun Morgan, Engineer & Drone Pilot, Acre Insight

An introduction into Aerial photography and mapping, and how it can assist us greatly in the management of our farms. By combining aerial data with existing knowledge of the land is a fantastic tool for planning, design and management, as well as identifying or helping to solve existing problems.

The Spatial Hub

Guest speaker #3: Phillip Tickle, The Spatial Hub

Technology is driving enormous changes across agriculture. The Spatial Hub’s world leading technology is providing Australia’s grazing industry with new opportunities to increase sustainable production. In just 30 seconds a grazier can analyse 30 years of satellite data over every paddock, providing new insights into short and long term land condition and productivity. Learn how this new technology could help future planning for your farm.

Presented by:

FAN | Gympie Regional Council | Gympie Gold Regional Produce | Sustainable Soil Solutions

Special thanks to:

Chemical Free Farmers Association | Acre Insight | NRM

Special thanks to new FAN Member Sunshine Brewery for supplying us with some icy cold beer on the day to help take in all this great information!

Schedule of Events:

1:00pm Registration

1:25pm Welcome

1:30pm Guest Speaker 1 - Andrew McLennan, Consulting Biological Agronimist, Chemical Free Farmers Association

2:15pm Guest Speaker 2 - Alun Morgan, Engineer & Drone Pilot, Acre Insight

3:00pm Guest Speaker 3 - Phillip Tickle, The Spatial Hub

3:30pm Farm Tour

4:00pm BBQ Cooking demo by Matt Golinski & Networking Opportunities

6:00pm Conclude



Andrew McLennan Bio:

Andrew holds a Diploma of Applied Science in Agriculture and Post Grad in Soil Conservation. He has been an Agronomist and Farmer for over 25years in both Broadacre cropping, Horticulture and Viticulture. With the sudden death of his wife to cancer at a young age. Andrew immersed himself in understanding biological/organic farming systems and for the last 11 years has been working as a Biological Agronomist with the likes of Nutri-Tech Solutions and LawrieCo in South Australia. Currently Andrew is focusing on Biological/Organic farming education and is consulting Soil Agronomist for a large Arborculture firm in Brisbane.


Alun Morgan Bio:

Alun is a CASA certified remote (unmanned aircraft) pilot with a strong interest in land regeneration. He has supported land owners with measurements and high-resolution images to plan paths and guide forest management, as well as verifying groundworks. Recently relocated with his family from WA to Woombye, Queensland, he is developing skills gleaned from 19 years as a research and development engineer and 5 years as an urban permaculture system designer to have a positive impact on our environment.


Philip Tickle Bio:

Philip is responsible for business development and research management facets of the CRC for Spatial Information, and is one of the architects of the NRM Spatial Hub. Philip has 25 years professional experience in the application of geospatial solutions to natural resource and environmental management, agricultural, climate change, community safety and related issues. He has worked in government undertaking applied research, science-policy advice, and nationally significant program implementation, and in the private sector.


Matt Golinski Bio:

Well known as one of the original team members of the popular ‘Ready Steady Cook’ television series, Matt has worked as executive chef at some of Queensland’s leading restaurants and founded his own catering company.

Based on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Matt now enjoys working as a consulting chef to restaurants, being a regular guest chef at festivals and events and writing his popular food columns and blog. He is also an active member of the Slow Food movement and a motivational speaker.

When away from the saucepans Matt enjoys sharing his love of cooking and helping others through his roles as Food and Culinary Tourism Ambassador for the Gympie (QLD) region and Ambassador for Foundation H – a not-for-profit organisation helping people living with disabilities.

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