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

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...]

Ross is nuts about pecans

ROSS Burling grew up on a wheat farm just down the road from the Stahmann family’s sprawling pecan orchard, Trawalla. Growing pecans fascinated Ross because it was so very different to Moree’s usual wheat and cotton crops. So when he was 16 Ross started an apprenticeship with the Stahmanns, learning the pecan business from a family who first grew pecans in New Mexico in … [Read more...]

Life through a farmer’s lens

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 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...]