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...]

Rice just as sweet for cane farmers

Sebastian Vasta

When you've been farming a certain crop in a certain way for as long as you can remember, the temptation is to stick with what you know. But like most things in life, nothing in farming stays the same and if farmers are to survive in an increasingly competitive market place they have to consider new crops and new ways of farming. Farming smarter, not harder is the motto … [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...]

Young farmers forging their own path

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When Aimee Young’s mum urged her to sell the last cow she was keeping on the family farm, she had no idea the business venture that would follow. “I’d moved to Brisbane seven years before and had one cow left on mum’s property,” explains Aimee. “She’d been nagging me to get rid of it.” Aimee took the cow to the sales but the prices were so bad she decided it made more sense … [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...]