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Lots of ideas

By Country News

There is always something new at the Seymour Alternative Farming Expo and this year is no exception, say organisers.

With new and innovative businesses and products every year, events manager Susie Filleti said the expo always delivered something different.

‘‘This year we have a variety of demonstrations about hemp farming and the use of hemp products,’’ she said.

‘‘From building to cooking, it seems there is no limit to what can be done with hemp.’’

Hemp Victoria will be available to answer questions from potential growers and there will be a demonstration of how to build a hemp dog kennel each day.

Hemp Victoria will also hold a number of talks about hemp farming and the use of hempcrete, an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient building material.

‘‘Although alternative doesn’t necessarily mean more sustainable we are always pleased to showcase innovations that use less energy or recycled products,’’ Ms Filleti said.

An environmentally-friendly soil erosion solution from Geohex Erosion Control System, made from 100 per cent recycled and recyclable plastic, will be put on show by Rodney Garwood and the Geohex team.

‘‘Its a great solution to stop the ruts in your roads and the bogs around the troughs,’’ Mr Garwood said.

■A full listing of site holders and program of events is available in the official event guide with today’s Country News.

■Seymour Alternative Farming Expo will be held from February 15 to 17, at Kings Park in Seymour. For information or to buy tickets online, visit: www.seymourexpo.com.au