Food Source Victoria Scholarships
Food Source Victoria scholarships is a $2 million program to support workers in agriculture, processing and manufacturing in regional Victoria to build skills to expand their business into a new market, launch a new product, create change within their business or respond to consumer needs.
Scholarships can include study or training programs, and can be either part or full time. Scholarships can fund professional development, including conference attendance, study tours, peer-to-peer learning and mentoring.
At least $1 million is dedicated to training and professional development opportunities for women.
- Food Source Victoria scholarship application guidelines (PDF - 232.8 KB)
- Food Source Victoria scholarship application guidelines (WORD - 1.3 MB)
Previous scholarship winners
Tristan Smith, Agronomist, Robinvale
Awarded a FSV scholarship
Improving the shelf life of table grapes bound for export could see new markets open up for Victorian growers.
Tristan Smith, an agronomist with Elders at Robinvale, used a scholarship with FSV to travel to South Africa to look at how grapes were handled and treated before export.
South African exporters are seen as world leaders in this field, given the grapes have some of the longest export sea voyage times to reach their destinations.
Mr Smith's visit allowed him to meet with leading growers in South Africa, who shared the packing methods they use to allow their fruit to have maximum air flow. He said new business could be generated in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, markets which had previously been difficult to supply given the long voyage times.
"Seeing first-hand how different countries treat their fruit pre- and post-harvest and how they pack their fruit for long voyage was a valuable experience. As an agronomist, I am now better able to advise my clients how to maximise the integrity of their fruit."
Jane Casey, Eurobin
Awarded a FSV scholarship
Established horticultural producers Jane and Brian Casey were not afraid of trying to grow a new crop.
When they discovered the Japanese citrus variety yuzu, they rightly believed it was possible to grow it on their farm in north-east Victoria.
But after planting 1200 trees, they realised they needed to boost their knowledge. They were able to, thanks to a FSV scholarship.
The scholarship allowed Ms Casey to travel to Koichi, the main yuzu growing region in Japan, to learn about the growth habits of the tree and management, including pruning and fertiliser use to enhance fruit quality and production.
Ms Casey also learned more about how to grade and pack the fruit for export. "Having the knowledge to produce top quality fruit and being able to pass on that knowledge to other growers will be integral to achieving success for the crop. Although our orchard is young, we have contributed significant resources to it."