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Harvesting asparagus at night 8th November, 2013

It’s pitch black and quiet — very quiet. It’s what you might expect at 4.30 in the morning. But if you put your ear to the ground and listen closely, you might just hear a swift cutting noise. It’s coming from a group of workers crouched in the darkness, their surroundings dimly lit by headlamps. The light they splash across the paddock reveals row upon row of fresh green asparagus

FP2P school videos featured in Home Economics magazine 29th October, 2013

Check out page 19 of the latest ‘Westward Home’ magazine – The Journal of the Home Economics Institute of Australia (WA Division)  

Caper bud or caper berry? 23rd October, 2013

When I mention capers, do you instantly think of the smaller preserved flower bud or the juicy berry? Jonathon Trewartha and his family lease caper plants to farmers. He planted the first Australian caper farm in 2004 to provide local farmers with the opportunity to use land that may be unsuitable for other crops. Caper plants are drought-tolerant, can grow on the dry rocky slopes of the Murray River. They

Rooftop gardens 10th October, 2013

As cities expand in size and precious farmland is buried below layers of concrete, it’s hard to imagine how the world will continue to feed its growing population. The concept of “sky gardens” is well established in Europe and North America and now is being incorporated into building designs in Australia, along high-rise walls, rooftops and balconies to improve the health, liveability and sustainability of cities. But what if these

Press gang 9th October, 2013

It’s no secret that drinking freshly pressed juices is one of the most efficient – and tastiest – ways of getting your daily doses of fruits and veggies. Shame that home juicing comes at such a cost to your pocketbook (expensive shopping trips, ears (noisy equipment) and sanity (all that mess!) That’s why we’re handing it to local companies Pressed Earth and Pure Glow Cleanse. Read the article here that

Dear dairy 9th October, 2013

The dairy industry is suffering some of its hardest years ever, but farmers are going to new lengths to ensure their businesses not only survive, but thrive. Read the article here that features in the Spring 2013 edition of Scoop magazine.  

Have you ever tried canola flowers as a salad garnish? 7th October, 2013

It’s a vibrant yellow, has an aroma as sweet as honey and a fresh delicate taste. That’s canola, according to Mark Modra, who produces 1,000 tonnes of it each year on the outskirts of Port Lincoln as well as east of Edillilie on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. Mark was one of the first farmers to grow canola in the early 1990s, seeing it as an agronomic tool to manage disease

Nature’s complete ‘superfood’ 24th September, 2013

This is what I ate for breakfast this morning… and I just had to tell you about it! A delicious concoction of quinoa, goji berries, bee pollen and chia seeds. Chia has been hailed as nature’s complete ‘superfood’ because it offers amazing nutritional benefits. Much of our modern diet lacks omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants — chia contains the richest combined source of these nutrients and therefore

Taking advantage of the organic supply chain 12th September, 2013

Sometimes in a small industry everyone knows everyone. While that helps networking to some extent in the organics, it only goes so far in an industry that trades in so many different commodoties. Louise FitzRoy explores how technology, partnerships and value-adding can better connect you into the organic supply chain. How can you break into the organic supply chain?

Are you sweet enough? 29th August, 2013

Let’s talk about honey… and how its natural sweetness and smooth creamy texture complements the fresh bitterness and crunchy character of salad ingredients to produce a delectable combination of flavours that have you coming back for a seconds. I’ve been out several times to collect honey with beekeepers around Australia. My most memorable experience was when a swarm of 5,000 bees landed beside us on an old plough left in

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After all our recent weather events, here is a photo that is definitely worth sharing! Thank you to Barb Eulenstein at Boola in NSW for your amazing photography skills to capture this incredible moment. #FromPaddocktoPlate #feedyourmid

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