Fruit

In 1986 we bought our farm & moved a revegetation nursery with us to set up a demonstration tree farm to encourage farmers to grow trees on farms. We also sold all sorts of fruit bearing plants. From the powerhouse of the nursery, we established 20 acres of mixed fruit & nut orchards, along with extensive tree belts & woodlots.

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I came to farming through a friend in Bathurst, Russell. I went to stay at his place for a while and got into growing rhubarb there. I grow naturally, allowing the rhubarb to grow at its own pace, taking care to not disturb worms where possible. I even let the mustard grass grow even though snakes like to hide in it, as it attracts the bees! Eating food as close to its natural state as possible is one of the most important things you can do for yourself, that’s why I grow the way I do. (more…)

I took up farming in 2001 as a way to spend more time with my son. Having had several food-related businesses previously, a farm seemed like a good opportunity to combine self-employment with fatherhood and use my permaculture skills. I found the farm on a camping trip to Mildura; my family produced sultanas in the area in the early eighties so it seemed a natural step to go back to farming. My brothers work with me at the farmers’ markets. (more…)

My great, great-grandfather purchased the farm in the 1870s and our family has farmed it ever since that time. I grew up here, left in my youth and returned to the farm a few years back. The farm is in Wandin North, Yarra Valley, an area known for a climate and soil that is conducive to growing fruit and nuts. We concentrate on taste and quality above all else – if it’s not good eating, there’s no point. (more…)

We purchased the farm in 1976, inspired to do something on the land by Louis Bromfield’s book Malabar Farm. I was introduced to blueberry farming at a public meeting in Warragul hosted by the Department of Agriculture where the findings of an overseas research trip into the fruit’s potential in Australia were presented. In 1979 we obtained 600 of the first plants to be released to growers to Australia. (more…)

We’ve always kept a garden at home for ourselves – in fact we moved from Essendon to Keilor in order to have more space for chickens and a larger garden. We started growing things that we missed from Italy when we first came to Australia, but now we like to try growing everything, to see whether it will produce for us. Growing food is natural for us; our families in Italy did it and we can really taste the difference between the food we grow and what you can buy. (more…)

My father started in biodynamics in 1965 – I was born into farming! Our farm is in Kyabram in the Goulburn Valley. Being in northern Victoria offers the benefit of lots of heat in the summer, which lends itself to a long season for tomatoes, melons and sweet potatoes to name just a few of our summer produce items. (more…)