How does it work?
The program is entirely voluntary. Through a one-on-one facilitated process, you will be asked a series of questions relevant to your business. As you answers each question, the system tells you if you are ‘below’, ‘at’, or ‘above’ the industry standard for each practice. If any practice is below the industry standard, you will be advised on what necessary actions are required to reach the right level.
Why be involved?
By participating in Hort360 you will have the opportunity to access technical support, on-farm training, and professional networks. All this will enable you to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, improve productivity and product quality, and build wealth.
What are the benefits?
Increased profitability and sustainability are the major benefits of improved natural resource management and business management. However, voluntary adoption of Hort360 will also help ensure the most effective use of farm inputs and farm resources to reduce environmental impacts, reduce transaction costs, improve public perception of the horticultural industry and reduce the need for regulation or mandatory controls in the future.
Why is it important?
Hort360 allows the industry to be guided by science to make decisions that work for farms and businesses. It also allows the horticulture industry to demonstrate our stewardship of the environment and willingness to protect the very land we farm on.
What will happen to the data?
Data collected will be collated to help measure progress towards the industry’s improved management practices. It will be used to help identify any research, development and extension, product development and training needs.
If you and/or your organisation would like to facilitate Hort360 in its entirety or part thereof, please contact Growcom.
Pathway to Certification – Freshcare Environmental Certification
Growcom is seeking expressions of interest from fruit, nut & vegetable producers to complete environmental training and certification.
With rapidly growing concerns on the impact food production has on the environment, Hort360 provides horticultural growers the platform to promote sustainable and profitable farming practices. Using a simple set of questions, Hort360 collects your current horticultural farming practices and identifies individual areas for improvement creating a clear objective and timeframe to work to. By identifying areas for improvement it also creates business efficiencies and market opportunity.
Hort360 is now fully aligned and recognised for Freshcare Environmental Certification and provides growers with an environmental assessment report to develop environmental management plans.
If you are a grower that is keen to pursue your businesses environmental footprint then this program is for you.