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.
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Hort360: At a glance
“Hort360 has enabled us to know where the industry and other growers are headed so we are able to gauge our own progress against theirs.”
John Allen, OAKLAND FARMS
“I was concerned that the Hort360 process might be arduous but it was actually quite easy. The report generated clearly outlined where you were, what you’re doing, and how you could improve.”
Ben Gowen, SAHARA FARMS
“Hort360 is a health check to identify gaps and help farmers access the systems required to fill the gaps in their business whether it be financial, environmental, health and safety or better workplace management – it is a complete package; a 360 degree view of your farm.”
Les Williams, PINEAPPLE GROWER
“What is considered ‘best practice’ is always evolving. Hort360 has been helpful for us in identifying new technologies available to improve our soil and plant health.”
Brock Sutton, SUTTON FARMS
“We have been using Hort360 for a number of years now and we absolutely support it. We think it’s great for farmers to incorporate land care and management into their farms for more healthy and sustainable environments.”
Merv Schiffke, TASTE ‘N’ SEE
“Even if you think you’re doing a good job in your current practices, there are still benefits to be gained by taking part in Hort360 and having areas pointed out that you may have overlooked.”
Chris Fullerton, FULLERTON FARMS