Meet Australia’s lettuce king

Think you know your lettuce? You've got nothing on Gatton farmer Matt Hood. Each year his family business, Rugby Farm, is responsible for growing about 20-million Iceberg lettuce. You’ve probably enjoyed his lettuce on your hamburger; in your sandwich; or in your salad. Matt, his brother Dan and father David are major suppliers of lettuce, sweet corn and green beans to Coles … [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...]

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...]

Michelle, the Achacha and me

Last night I tried a new fruit. For the first time in my 38 years I ate a pomegranate. What have I been doing with my life, I wondered as I crunched into the sweet but sour beads of yumminess. When it comes to food it's so easy to become trapped into the 'same old same old' routine. Sausages and salad Monday night, grilled chicken and veggies Tuesday night, Mexican … [Read more...]

Meet our Young Farmer of the Year

Here's  story close the heart of my husband - and I suspect many Aussie blokes. Nigel Corish was recently named Australian Young Farmer of the Year. As well as growing thousands of hectares of cotton he also grows the barley used to make some of the Australia's more popular beers. Find out more about Nigel and his approach to farming in today's Sunday Mail. The … [Read more...]