Rice just as sweet for cane farmers

When you've been farming a certain crop in a certain way for as long as you can remember, the temptation is to stick with what you know. But like most things in life, nothing in farming stays the same and if farmers are to survive in an increasingly competitive market place they have to consider new crops and new ways of farming. Farming smarter, not harder is the motto … [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...]

Linton’s midlife crisis good news for Uganda

Linton Brimblecombe jokes that most men his age celebrate mid-life with a new motorbike. This Gatton vegetable farmer marked his 47th year with a move to Uganda, where he is leading a community-farming venture, The Omer Farming Company. Linton and his son Mitchell left for Africa in January and have made quick work of preparing the ground and planting the first crop. Wife … [Read more...]

At war with the weather. How you can help drought affected farmers.

Weather watching is something of a favourite past-time for most farmers. It's crazy to think that while Sydney is pummelled by rain, large parts of rural Australia continue to be gripped by severe drought. Many properties are now facing their third year without decent rainfalls. People often ask how they can help farmers. I found this great list of suggestions in the … [Read more...]

Young farmers forging their own path

When Aimee Young’s mum urged her to sell the last cow she was keeping on the family farm, she had no idea the business venture that would follow. “I’d moved to Brisbane seven years before and had one cow left on mum’s property,” explains Aimee. “She’d been nagging me to get rid of it.” Aimee took the cow to the sales but the prices were so bad she decided it made more sense … [Read more...]