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Reconnect with land on Forage into SW produce

Catherine MasseyBusselton Dunsborough Times
A picnic lunch is provided while touring with Forage Safaris. Pictured are Lily Yeang, Joanne Wood, Elizabeth Fraser, Fiona Wood, and Lisa Massey at Chestnut Brae in Nannup.
Camera IconA picnic lunch is provided while touring with Forage Safaris. Pictured are Lily Yeang, Joanne Wood, Elizabeth Fraser, Fiona Wood, and Lisa Massey at Chestnut Brae in Nannup.

World-class produce will be at the top of the list for Capes visitors as a new tour business sets up shop to provide an up-market view of the region’s extensive farming industry.

Months of research with South West producers have led to the cultivation of Forage Safaris, now raring to provide a raw view of how and where local produce is made.

After noticing a gap in the tourism market following her years as a local and international travel agent, director Jan Stewart said she was “delighted” to finally welcome people on board her tours.

“The idea was basically to combine a lot of my passions which are tourism, farming, and food,” Mrs Stewart said.

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“We looked at quite a few different options of how we could combine them all, and when COVID hit last year it gave me the opportunity to do some good research,” she said.

Forage Safaris has reportedly been instrumental in giving local farmers and producers an additional outlet to market their products as well as to educate the public on where and how their products are made.

“Most farmers I approached were very interested. I had hoped for this but I hadn’t realised how great the response would be,” she said.

A variety of tours are available to showcase more than 24 products including cheese, fruit, fishing and timber at more than 10 South West locations from the Ferguson Valley through to Augusta.

Mrs Stewart said she wanted to expose a different perspective of the South West for people to experience.

“I find that people have an urge to reconnect with the land and I think the tours will really do that for them. I am really excited about this,” she said.

A Valentine’s Day tour is set to go ahead tomorrow at 3pm and more information is available online at foragesafaris.com.au.

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