HFF

About us

The Hydroponic Farmers' Federation (HFF), an affiliate of the Victorian Farmers' Federation, is an incorporated association open to all hydroponic farmers. Its membership of over 100 includes grower members from Victoria and interstate, as well as industry members (businesses offering support to growers), supporter members and affiliate members.

The HFF grew from a small self help group to the large association we are today because of the commitment we all have to furthering the hydroponic industry through supporting each other.

Some of the benefits of membership are:

  • Networking; the single most important function of the HFF, we learn more from each other than from all the experts in the world, the HFF provides the forums for this.
  • Priority Action Membership for Crop Health department at IHD(Institute for Horticultural Development)
  • Reduced rates for nutrient and leaf analysis
  • Farm visits
  • General meetings
  • Annual Conference
  • Newsletter, including grower trading post
  • Representation at many levels; VFF, AHA, DNRE, etc.

Membership is open to all growers of hydroponic produce, as well there are membership categories for suppliers to the industry and other interested parties. See the entries under application for membership.

Aims Of The Hydroponic Farmers Federation

Revised version March 2013

The Hydroponic Farmers' Federation (HFF), is an incorporated association open to all hydroponic farmers. Its membership includes grower members from Victoria and interstate, as well as industry members (businesses offering support to growers), supporter members and affiliate members.

 The HFF grew from a small self help group to the large association we are today because of the commitment we all have to furthering the hydroponic industry through supporting each other.

 Some of the benefits of membership are:

  • Networking; the single most important function of the HFF, we learn more from each other than from all the experts in the world, the HFF provides the forums for this.
  • Farm visits.
  • General meetings.
  • Annual Conference.
  • Newsletter, including grower trading post.
  • Representation at PCA Level

 Membership is open to all growers of hydroponic produce, as well there are membership categories for suppliers to the industry and other interested parties. See the entries under application for membership.

 

Aims and Objectives

(as discussed and agreed on at executive committee meeting 13th March 2013)

Aim: To enhance grower performance through education, training and networking.

Objectives:

  • To provide a forum for the discussion of members problems and ideas
  • To conduct at least three grower meetings per year (including conference)
  • To conduct a biennial conference
  • To utilize available technology for the dissemination of information
  • To encourage members to undertake professional development
  • To publish regular newsletters
  • To encourage growers to meet with other growers in their districts

 

Aim: To develop a broadly based membership of hydroponic growers and associated businesses which support the hydroponic industry.

Objectives:

  • To review and update HFF membership package
  • To identify areas of the hydroponic industry where opportunity exists to attract new members
  • To liaise with other industry groups to inform them about hydroponics and the HFF.

Aim: To provide representation and advocacy for and on behalf of members to all levels of government and other relevant organizations on issues relevant to the hydroponic industry.

Objectives:

  • Access to the VFF Horticulture group.
  • To liaise with the respective Agriculture Departments (State and Federal)
  • To work closely with Protected Cropping Australia Association
  • To continue liaising with Horticulture Australia (HAL)

Aim: To promote the understanding that all hydroponic produce available for sale should be of a high standard.

Objectives:

  • To assist growers to attain and maintain high quality produce through grower days, training sessions and networking.

Aim: To promote hydroponic produce and continue to develop its market share.

Objectives:

  • To promote hydroponic produce through appropriate advertising and marketing
  • To identify opportunities for value adding and communicate these to members
  • To explore the opportunities to form strategic alliances with industry groups

Aim: To provide members with the opportunity to share the benefits of group purchasing.

Objectives:

  •  To pursue opportunities for obtaining beneficial services for members

Aim: To encourage and facilitate research relevant to the hydroponic industry.

Objectives:

  • To provide financial support for relevant research
  • To gain access to bumble bees for pollination
  • To provide ongoing support to IPM research, particularly the development of beneficial insects and alternative chemicals for greenhouse crops.
  • To have research done into environmentally sustainable waste management practices for hydroponic systems (media/run off/green waste/plastic)
  • To support research into the use of organic nutrients for hydroponic production