COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Dennis Family Agricultural Business

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (15:49:35): The sweet smell of success is again wafting from the Dennis family agricultural farm as they are successfully diversifying into flower growing.

The flowers have been added to their regular and heirloom vegetables being sold at the Slow Food Earth Markets, which are held fortnightly on a Thursday at The Levee Central Maitland.

It is a good example of the innovations being undertaken in our rural sector to level out the varied weather, market and economic conditions that are faced by farmers.

Matthew and Sue Dennis diversified into flowers to add another income stream from their land, between and in addition to the vegetable crops grown on their Pitnacree plot.

So far they are growing hardy varieties such as sunflowers and zinnias and it is going down a treat with their customers.

The addition of flowers to the markets is adding a new dimension to the regular event for growers and customers.

It is great to see the people of Maitland given another opportunity to buy local, particularly as many of the flowers in our shops are now flown in from overseas.