Woolies farmers take centre stage

Prime Time TV is not the natural habitat for most farmers but Queensland banana farmer Dennis Howe says if it means helping to sell more fresh Australian-grown food he’ll do it. That’s why he agreed to feature in a new farmer-led advertising campaign by Woolworths. Dennis has been farming bananas at Walkamin since 1996. He grew up in the area and was born into farming. His … [Read more...]

Landline celebrates the mighty carrot

We've just hosted our third Kalfresh Carrot Field Day, an event which started as a bit of experiment to see if carrot eaters were interested in coming to see how the orange veg is grown, picked, washed and packed. The first year we held the open day, as part of our local Council's Eat Local Week activities, we were pleasantly surprised by the turnout. The following year … [Read more...]

Susan’s passionate about her meat

When Susan McDonald’s younger brother Zanda was killed in a farm accident in April 2013 he knew what she must do. The working mum of three quit her job as chief-of-staff to Natural Resources Minster Andrew Cripps and took the reins of the family’s recently acquired Super Butcher business. Equipped with her background in accountancy she set out to realise her brother’s dream … [Read more...]

Revealed! Carrot growing secrets

In the 10 years I've been married to a carrot farmer I have lost count of the number of wonky carrot photographs I've been sent - unsolicited - from friends and colleagues. Their motivation is to share photographic evidence of their carrot-growing attempts. Two-headed carrots, wonky carrots, stunted carrots, kissing carrots, spooning carrots - I've seen them … [Read more...]

Here’s a cracking QLD condiment

As you sprinkle pepper over your dinner have you ever thought about where it came from and who grew it? Chances are your pepper has travelled a long way to your dinner table, with the bulk of commercial pepper grown in India and Vietnam. But there’s a family in Far North QLD, which has cracked the local market. Since the mid 1980s the Campagnolo family has carved a … [Read more...]