The Department of Agriculture and Food is preparing for this year’s Bull and Barrel festival at Dardanup on 12 October.
The department’s Small Landholder Information Service development officer Jodie Bowling said the theme for this year’s festival was ‘over the rainbow’.
“We want children to know that our food does not come from over the rainbow, but is grown right here in the South-West,” she said.
“Many people would not know that thanks to nearly 3000 farmers we grow $630 million worth of food and fibre in the South-West.
“Farmers in this region produce most of Western Australia’s milk, avocados, potatoes, apples and pears. It also has more than 900 cattle farms.”
Visitors are invited to the department stand on the yellow brick road trail to learn more about agriculture in the South-West.
“In line with the theme of over the rainbow, we will have a colourful display of the pest bird, the rainbow lorikeet,” Ms Bowling said.
“Drop by and see what they look like, so that you can report them if you see them in the wild as they are a declared pest that damage fruit crops and compete with native species.”
The department display will feature information from the Small Landholder Information Service on managing land, orchards and livestock.
“Come and have chat to us on how to make the most of your small property or get some tips before you make a purchase,” Ms Bowling said.
“Visitors can also sign up to receive our free e-newsletters which detail vital seasonal and land management information for both small landholders and producers.
“All registrations will go into the draw to win a fruit tree.”
The Bull and Barrel Festival is on Saturday, 12 October at the Dardanup townsite.
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