KNOW YOUR FARMER: The benefits of connecting with each other and a wider audience could prove invaluable for local producers.
KNOW YOUR FARMER: The benefits of connecting with each other and a wider audience could prove invaluable for local producers. Elyse Wurm

Stroll, swing and showcase of strength from our farmers

IT WILL be a celebration of survival at the Stroll and Swing on Palmerin St this weekend, as farmers from across the Southern Downs gather to showcase their bounty and their spirit.

More than 30 farmers will gather at the Celebration of Local Flavours event to promote everything from olives to sausages and herbal teas.

The exposure to the tens of thousands of visitors Jumpers and Jazz attracts to the region will prove invaluable for stallholders, broadening the reach of their products far beyond regional Queensland.

But for event organiser Joanne O'Reilly, the opportunity for farmers to connect with each other is far more important than profits.

"It can be a lonely life out there,” she said.

"A lot of farmers don't even have phone service.

"We're trying to connect with them all, let them know we're still here, and that we're ready to help.”

Mrs O'Reilly said it was important to offer producers a space to relax and talk about their experiences, as many "spend 24 hours a day just surviving”.

"It gives us positivity and a break from the drought to catch up with people in the industry,” she said.

For many farmers, the drought provided a reason to diversify their business and Mrs O'Reilly predicts the networking opportunity will help the process of sharing ideas and opportunities.

The Warwick Rodeo Society will also be in attendance in the hopes of educating visitors about the realities of drought.

"We want to make visitors aware of just how tough we're doing it,” Mrs O'Reilly said.

"But it's really a celebration that we're all still here, still ticking away.”

The Celebration of Local Flavours will be held from 9.30am-3pm Saturday, July 27, on Palmerin St, Warwick.

Entry is free.



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