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...]

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...]

carrot + beer = media sensation

I carrot beer it anymore! Talk about hopping mad. The story about the carrot beer collaboration between Four Hearts Brewing and Kalfresh Vegetables has been insane. This week craft brewer, Wade Curtis, and my hubby Richard, appeared on The Today Show and The Project. Wade also did more radio interviews and the story has been followed up by more online … [Read more...]

Carrot beer has them hopping

Who says social media can't be positive? It's down to social media that we now have Australia's first batch of carrot beer. Shortly after the Kalfresh Vegetables Carrot Field Day last year, I received a message via social media from Wade Curtis, a craft brewer in Ipswich. Wade had visited Kalfresh and wanted to try making a carrot beer. "Do you think your husband would … [Read more...]

The power of camel milk

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...]