Carrot picking joy

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The look of pure joy is hard to top. Young and old, it doesn’t matter, everyone’s faces tell the same story. They’re having fun, old-fashioned, simple, out in the sun, fun. No gadgets, no new world technology, no high-speed, gut-churning rides … this fun is all down to carrots. Seriously. Last weekend, in a carrot paddock 100km southwest of Brisbane, 800 people … [Read more...]

Sink your teeth into a food story

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FIFTEEN years ago I met a vegetable farmer from the Scenic Rim. He was one of the first full-time farmers I’d met. Prior to meeting him my only real exposure to farm life had been a school holiday visit to a Moree cotton farm with a school friend. I remember returning from Moree, to my cushy life on the Gold Coast, and exclaiming to my parents, ‘Who would be a farmer? … [Read more...]

Ross is nuts about pecans

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ROSS Burling grew up on a wheat farm just down the road from the Stahmann family’s sprawling pecan orchard, Trawalla. Growing pecans fascinated Ross because it was so very different to Moree’s usual wheat and cotton crops. So when he was 16 Ross started an apprenticeship with the Stahmanns, learning the pecan business from a family who first grew pecans in New Mexico in … [Read more...]

Life through a farmer’s lens

Butch Walker

ALEC ‘Butch’ Walker’s family grazing property is 960km from Brisbane and it takes six hours to drive the perimeter of the 22,250ha farm. The organic beef property that’s been in the Walker family since 1959, is 35km from the remote QLD town of Blackall and by most people’s standards it’s isolated. The crippling drought has meant a tough few years for Butch, his mum Peta and … [Read more...]

Sherrill’s breaking down barriers

Sherrill Stilvano

Sherrill Stivano was raised on a cattle property north of Roma. Agriculture is in her blood and it’s an industry she knows and understands intimately. But while Australian farmers are good at producing healthy, safe food for the nation, Sherrill realised they weren’t so good at communicating what they did and how they did it. In fact their communication skills with the … [Read more...]