PCA farm tours

Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) will host three all-day farm tours on the last day of the biennial conference and exhibition to be held at the Pullman Melbourne, Albert Park, Victoria, from 28-31 July 2013.

Tour 1 will visit Mornington Peninsula Hydroponics, an NFT lettuce operation trialling LED lighting; the Chisholm Precision Growing Centre, a TAFE glasshouse practical training facility growing tomatoes;  Ceres Aquaponics, one of the world’s most energy and water efficient, free-standing aquaponics systems; and the Centre for AgriBiosciences, a new $283 million R&D glasshouse.

Tour 2 will also visit the Centre for AgriBiosciences; Boomaroo Nursery, an open field seedling nursery producing 300 million plants per annum; Bellarine Hydroponics, a glasshouse tomato operation; and Lonsdale Hydroponics, a leafy greens and vege greenhouse operation that also offers farm gate sales.

Tour 3 is for delegates with an interest in cultivating flowers. Farm tours include TNB Tulips, a glasshouse tulip facility; Sunny Hill Flowers growing glasshouse lilium; the property of Joe Raudino, who produces greenhouse delphinium, kale and stock; and The Big Bouquet, a glasshouse gerbera operation.

For further information contact conference organisers Rick Donnan and Rosemary Viggers: Ph: (02) 4567-7685   Fax: (02) 8569-1064; Email: pcaconference@westnet.com.au;  Website: www.protectedcroppingaustralia.com/Events