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Making mezcal in Mexico 20th April, 2016

It’s hot, sticky and I have a trickle of sweat running down my back. The answer? A drink of mezcal of course. Central Americans not only invented chocolate but can also claim mezcal – the drink sometimes called tequila’s father – as their own. In the Oaxaca countryside, mezcal flows like water, agave plants scatter the land and mezcal-flavoured ice cream is more common than vanilla.

Still riding on the sheep’s back in Mexico 16th April, 2016

Australian wool shows up where you least expect it. As a country girl growing up on a fine merino wool property in the New England region of New South Wales, I was excited to find a master weaver in a rural area in southern Mexico using Aussie wool! “We use 60 per cent Australian wool and 40 per cent local wool to make our rugs,” says Oaxaca craftsman Nelson Perez.

Urban agriculture grows in Mexico City 15th April, 2016

Mexico City has it all. Lots of people (22 million), high altitude (the city sits 2,250 metres above sea level), plenty of Uber drivers, the Angel of Independence that overlooks passersby, an extensive range of tacos, chocolate and mezcal and more than 50 urban farms producing food for communities right across this bustling city.

Herding sheep down the streets of Vancouver 1st April, 2016

There’s no ‘from paddock to plate’ experience quite like it. Seeing a group of children herd sheep down Vancouver’s streets as they learn about where food comes about. With mud on their faces and leaves in their hair, the kids pile around a campfire to toast marshmallows and talk about all the fun food education experiences they’ve had this Spring Break at the “farm”.

BEHIND THE SCENES: St Edward’s College 17th March, 2016

Year 12 students at St Edward’s College in East Gosford, NSW, enjoy watching the From Paddock to Plate milk virtual excursion, discussing numerous dairy topics, answering questions about the industry and eating delicious milk ice blocks.

Oranges are the new black 16th March, 2016

As I poked my head around the edge of the door to watch the lucky recipients with their recently acquired afternoon tea, I saw one person holding an orange to his nose breathing in its aroma. Another was leaning over to stop the juice from staining her shirt, following the trail that was now quickly streaming down her arm.

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Truffle Melbourne 2015 28th July, 2015

It’s not every day you get to hold a 628 gram truffle in your hand! Only at Truffle Melbourne held on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July 2015.

Nannup Flower & Garden Festival 2015 15th August, 2015

Waking up every morning to the sight of bright and beautiful tulips glistening in the morning dew is extremely apt during a flower festival. I was very lucky to find myself in this position for the Nannup Flower & Garden Festival. Denise and Lawrie Green own Especially Tulips, a gorgeous tulip farm on the outskirts of Nannup, where they receive busloads of visitors at this time of the year when the flowers

Women, Wellbeing & Wine 28th July, 2015

Congratulations to The West Midlands Group team and Women’s Committee members for establishing this landmark day in Western Australia to strengthen the positive profile of women and celebrate their amazing contributions to the WA community.

AgFest Field Days 2015 12th May, 2015

A fresh fall of snow down to 200 metres on my arrival into Launceston only added to the beauty of Tasmanian scenery as I drove the 20 minutes to Carrick for the AgFest Field Days.

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