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...]

At war with the weather. How you can help drought affected farmers.

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Weather watching is something of a favourite past-time for most farmers. It's crazy to think that while Sydney is pummelled by rain, large parts of rural Australia continue to be gripped by severe drought. Many properties are now facing their third year without decent rainfalls. People often ask how they can help farmers. I found this great list of suggestions in the … [Read more...]

Farm to fork at Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show

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The Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show 'plates up' (sorry couldn't resist) from tomorrow, serving you an awesome opportunity to meet some of Queensland's best farmers. I love good food who but let's be honest, without the farmers where would we be? Farmers across the country are seizing control of their own destiny and choosing to market and sell their own products. After … [Read more...]

Margot & Mike’s Melon Dream

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Margot Black jokes that her family is ‘living the watermelon dream.’ If it’s whinging farmers you’re after don’t stop here, this QLD farming couple are the antithesis of that. During the June/July school holidays Margot and husband Mike pack up their four children (aged 11 to 5) their three dogs and two cats and travel the 3300km from their Oakey farm, Ruby Downs, to their … [Read more...]

Meet Australia’s lettuce king

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Think you know your lettuce? You've got nothing on Gatton farmer Matt Hood. Each year his family business, Rugby Farm, is responsible for growing about 20-million Iceberg lettuce. You’ve probably enjoyed his lettuce on your hamburger; in your sandwich; or in your salad. Matt, his brother Dan and father David are major suppliers of lettuce, sweet corn and green beans to Coles … [Read more...]