Production of truffles has now been shown to be commercially viable in Bega Valley and Eurobodalla. Fiona Kotvojs and Alan Burdon established the first truffiere on the coast of NSW in 2012 with the intent of determining whether this new crop could be successfully introduced into this region. They have now proven that it is commercially viable.
In 2021, local demand exceeded supply. Demand from local restaurants was high from Pambula to Narooma, and many locals tried cooking with truffles, and then returned for more. In previous years, Fiona and Alan have sold their truffles into Sydney and Canberra, and exported them to USA. There is also the potential for local businesses to be established processing truffle locally into truffle oil, honey, butter plus more.
Fiona and Alan see that, where the conditions are right, truffle production could help a number of local farms improve viability through diversification. In this area, the advantages are that truffles can withstand the highly variable nature of our weather, survive to produce after droughts, are a winter crop, and help the trees extract more water and nutrient from the soil. They need frosts, north facing slope, no trees on the site for the last 20 years and water for irrigation when the trees are becoming established.
To help farmers decide whether truffles are suitable for them, Fiona has organised for Colin and Nathan Carter of TruffiCulture to conduct a seminar and answer all your questions. Farmers will visit Fiona and Alan’s trufferie who will then share their experience and learning – what they would do differently if they had their time over. To get the most out of the program, Fiona and Alan recommend completing the online sessions before the discussion and farm visit. The zoom session is scheduled for Friday 5th November 7.00 to 8.30pm and the visit to Gulaga Gold on Saturday 6th November. For more information and to register, visit https://trufficulture.com.au/grower-seminars/#onlineseminar or call Fiona Kotvojs 0448 453 422