The EnviroVeg Manual

EnviroVeg is underpinned by an Environmental Management Practice resource – The EnviroVeg Manual. This resource includes up to date information on achieving sustainable vegetable production and, having recently been updated by technical experts, its content is reviewed to ensure it remains current and useful. Importantly, relevant R&D levy research outcomes are integrated into the resource-manual for the easy adoption of outcomes of effective environmental practices for vegetable production.

To access the manual, click the link above!
It is currently available as a PDF, and is being translated to html.

About the EnviroVeg Manual

The EnviroVeg Manual is compilation of information on good practices to enable the implementation of sustainable production techniques on Australian vegetable farms.

The Manual is designed to:

  • Provide an overview of management priorities for sustainable vegetable production
  • Address key environmental risks through practice recommendations
  • Enable the monitoring and recording of environmental management outcomes
  • Establish clear pathway to achieving recognised environmental certification
  • Identify quality, up-to-date resources and research for environmental production techniques
  • Function as a conduit between other EnviroVeg resources

The EnviroVeg Manual uses updated content from the EnviroVeg manual (Version 3, February 2014) to present information in an accessible, useful format. It is broken into management sections and can be viewed as a whole document or by individual sections. Aside from the Introduction, these are:

Section 1:
Business

Section 2:
Land and Soil

Section 3:
Crop nutrition, fertilisers and soils additives

Section 4:
Water

Section 5:
Pests, weeds and diseases

Section 6:
Biosecurity

Section 7:
Chemicals

Section 8:
Energy and greenhouse gas emissions

Section 9:
Waste

Section 10:
Air

Section 11:
Biodiversity

Each management section contains:

Part one: Management guidelines

  • Context
  • Business benefits
  • Scope
  • Management objectives
  • Achieving environmental assurance certification
  • Key hazards and risks
  • Recommended practices
  • Expected outcomes
  • Simple ways to stay informed
  • Knowledge and innovation pipeline

Part two: Putting it into practice

  • Collect baseline information and data
  • Assess your risks
  • Prepare and action plan
  • Monitor performance indicators
  • Keep records
  • Review, evaluate and share

Part three: References and resources

Content variable by section – this part of the manual is a collation of useful materials and links to help implement the content in parts one and two.

Get in touch if you have content that could be useful to include within this section.

How to use this resource

Start with the self-assessment

By going through the self-assessment first, a feedback report will be produced that references the EnviroVeg Resource, taking you straight to the information relevant to you. The self-assessment is broken into the same chapters as the EnviroVeg Resource and links with the certification requirements of Freshcare Environmental. Work through each section to identify which areas and resources can be of most benefit to your business.

Assessment and benchmarking

Supporting the uptake of researched outcomes is the self-assessment, a process that identifies potential production and cost saving mechanisms, through efficient management of resources. The self-assessment is housed on a Hort-360 platform and is connected to supporting material within The EnviroVeg Resource and website through an individualised feedback report.