Event News


Taste Riverina Festival and Green Grove – 21st October

As part of the up and coming Taste Riverina festival of events you can come and see Green Grove for yourself on the 21st October 2015.

This event will feature talks on soil biology, soil health and on local organic produce. To book a place call Converte on 1800 108 940.


Fine Food Australia 2015 – 21st September

ACO Chairman Andrew Monk will be speaking at the Find Food Australia “Talking Food Stage” for more information or to book your tickets go to www.finefoodaustralia.com.au

Australian Organic AGM & Annual Events – 27th November

SAVE THE DATE! The 2015 AGM will be held in the beautiful location of Lockyer Valley QLD.



Australian Organic networking event at Belle’s Hot Chicken

bellesAustralian Organic was delighted to be able to host a networking event in Melbourne on the evening of the 21st July 2015. The event was well attended with 70 clients and members, at the fabulous Belle’s Hot Chicken located in Fitzroy.

At the event we were able to showcase  the following ACO clients along with their products; Eco-Farms, Inglewood Organic Farms, Bonah (the Billing family), Peninsula Fresh Organics, Cullen Wines, Gemtree Wines, Frankland Estate Wines, Angove Family Winemakers, Kalleske Wines, J & J Wines, Mountain Goat Beer, Daylesford & Hepburn Mineral Springs Co and to end the evening, delicious chocolate from Pana Chocolate.

The feedback received from this event was extremely positive with many introductions being possible. One of the highlights of the evening was the introduction of Tania Zaetta as one of our ambassadors for Australian Organic Awareness Month coming up in September 2015.

Thanks to all who supported the evening and we look forward to seeing many more clients and members at our next event.


Australian Organic Awareness Month Marketing Downloads

AOAM-2015-aqua-logoAustralian Organic Awareness Month is just around the corner, so it’s time to start decorating your stores! If you are a retailer who stocks products wearing ACO’s Bud logo, you can get involved! We have created posters, banners, shelf wobblers and stickers promoting Australian Organic Awareness Month and have collated all of this marketing material where it can be accessed and downloaded for FREE! Visit the Australian Organic Awareness Month Marketing Downloads page today. Once your store is all dressed up make sure to take a photo and post it online, tag Australian Organic on Facebook or @australianorganic on Instagram and we’ll share your photos to promote your store!

Don’t forget to promote the official consumer competition of the month – head to Australian Organic’s Facebook page and tell us in 20 words or less: What does Australian Certified Organic’s Bud logo mean to you? Consumers have the chance to win 5 nights accommodation at Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat, the perfect wellness escape! This prize is valued at $3435.00 and includes return flights from anywhere in Australia to the Gold Coast, followed by personal transfer to and from the retreat by Gwinganna.

For more information visit the official landing page of Australian Organic Awareness Month 2015.


Organics centre stage at Fine Food Australia 2015

fine foodFind yourself in Sydney on the 21st September? Why not stop by Fine Food Australia and catch our very own Dr Andrew Monk speaking onstage about the trends, issues, challenges and of course, the opportunities in the $1.72 billion organic industry.

The Fine Food tradeshow is a great way to connect buyers and sellers within the food industry. A number of Australian Certified Organic clients will be participating in September such as Silverwood Organics, Arcadian Organic & Natural Meat CoEco-Farms and Spiral Foods.

For more information on Fine Food Australia 2015 Click here


Join us for the Organic Grain Fodder and Livestock Forum

AO grain invite JUL15 FINALThe upcoming forum in Goondiwindi will introduce growers to the on-farm business opportunities of organic grain production. You will get the opportunity to hear industry leading speakers discuss the growing opportunity globally for Australian agriculture within the organic industry.

Location: Royal Hotel, Goondiwindi, Queensland

Date: Tuesday 1st September 2015

Time: 9:00am followed by a networking lunch

RSVP: 24th August via email to shannon.reynolds@aco.net.au

Please contact Annabelle Bushell (Industry Development Officer) for more information (07) 3350 5716.



Step into spring with Gemtree Wines

gemtree inviteGemtree Wines invites you to a Spring Fling Long Table Lunch. They wish to invite you to enjoy a three course lunch prepared by The Salopian Inn Head Chef Karena Armstrong, matched with certified organic Gemtree Wines. The spring inspired menu will highlight a variety of seasonal ingredients including succulent spring lamb, perfectly accompanied with Gemtree Stage 7 Single Vineyard Shiraz.

What: Spring Fling Long Table Lunch

When: Sunday 13 September from 12.00pm
Where: Gemtree Winery 32 Hamilton Road McLaren Flat
Cost: $95 per person

RSVP: (02) 8383 0802 OR cellardoor@gemtreewines.com

Bookings are essential as the event is limited to 60 guests, so get in quick! Existing Small Footprints Wine Club members and those who sign up on the day will receive a $20 wine voucher.


Lockyer Valley Integrated Crop Protection Information Session

Lockyer Valley Integrated Crop Protection Information SessionGet the latest information and advice on controlling insect pests in vegetable crops, and controlling insect contaminants in leafy vegetables.

Controlling insect pests in vegetable crops is always an issue for farmers and advisors. The pests are similar each season but how to control them is not always the same. Insecticide resistance management is something to be considered carefully and using all the available cultural controls is something that is often overlooked. Preparing well for the coming season can help to avoid problems rather than try to solve them during the life of the crop.

Insect contaminants such as moths and Solider Beetle can be a serious problem, especially in processed leafy crops. Hear the latest on how to control them.

Speakers include:

Dr Paul Horne, Director / Entomologist, IPM Technologies Pty Ltd on preparing for the season ahead.
Brad Giggins, Director, Total Horticultural Consulting on improving the management of insect contaminants in processed leafy vegetables.

Date: 26th August 2015
Time: 3pm – 5pm
Place: Gatton Research Station, Warrego Highway, Lawes, 4343

Stay for a free BBQ afterwards.

Hurry places are limited. Flyer attached.

Contact Lynn Christie at lynn@ahr.com.au or call 02 9527 0826 to register.


Natural Cosmetics Masterclass – Bangkok

Australian Organic is one of the supporting organisations for the upcoming Natural Cosmetics Masterclass in Bangkok on 2-3 November 2015.

For more information on this event please visit their website.