Motto of a farmer’s wife: Be prepared for anything

Team Just Veg

There's a bit of an insider joke among farmers’ wives that when you marry a farmer be prepared to turn your hand to anything. Irrigating, tractor repairing, planting, drenching, smoko, book-keeping, school teaching, delivery driving … these are just some of the jobs a farmers’ wife may be called upon to do. I’ve been married to a vegetable farmer for the past 11 years and … [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...]

The power of camel milk

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In a world focused on super-cheap cow’s milk it seems unlikely that consumers would choose to pour $30/litre camel milk in their coffee. But Sunshine Coast camel farmer, Lauren Brisbane, says she sells out every week and can’t keep up with demand. Lauren’s Q Camel business received its Safe Food accreditation in November 2014, enabling her to sell pasteurised camel milk … [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...]