There will be a hive of healthy activity at the NSW Farmers shed at the Australian National Field Days at Borenore from October 24-16.
To complement a focus on supporting local food and fibre production, the NSW Farmers Orange Branch has organised a diverse line-up of speakers and topics related to all things agriculture.
Topics this year include tips on growing vegetables, beekeeping, livestock nutrition, pruning fruit trees, farm employment rules and preparing for the bushfire season.
There will also be a focus on healthy living with Di Gill from the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and Safework NSW information. Members are providing free fresh fruit tasting over the three days to promote healthy eating.
Visitors can also marvel at the Nashdale Public School's exhibition of coloured cows celebrating the field days' cattle theme. The students have been learning about agriculture and where beef comes from.
Most importantly, we want farmers to call in for a free cuppa, read the latest edition of The Farmer magazine and have a conversation with fellow farmers.
Like most of NSW, it has been a tough year for the Central West and the drought has only tightened its grip in recent months.
A simple conversation, sharing tips on drought resilience and a checkup with RAHMP might be just what the doctor ordered.
There will also be information on drought assistance and rural affairs policy director Kathy Rankin and regional staff will be on-site to help answer questions.
If you are heading to Borenore next week for the field days, drop in and take advantage of our hospitality.
We have also organised free entry to the field days for members of the Orange, Molong and Blayney branches, if you haven't already got your passes, call me on 0428613181.
- Bruce Reynolds is the chair of NSW Farmers Orange Branch