Breaking down misconceptions

Logan food producers are taking their message to Facebook in a bid to overcome misconceptions about how they farm. It’s a common complaint among farmers who operate close to urban sprawl. They say new residents move to the country for the idyllic lifestyle, but don’t fall in love with the reality of farming. There are the early mornings, late nights, noisy machinery, the … [Read more...]

Fresh, in-season potatoes ready

Here in the Fassifern Valley the potatoes are being harvested. Last night we sat down to some beautiful roasted tatties, grown by Farmer Rob for Kalfresh, dressed with herbs from my veggie patch. I drew on a simple recipe I learned while studying at the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food. Jamie recommends par-boiling the potatoes before roasting and then shaking them up a bit to … [Read more...]

How much is ag worth to Australia?

Ever wondered just how much agriculture is worth to Australia? The farmers behind the Facebook page, Ask an Aussie Farmer, have compiled this great one-page guide, which outlines exactly what is at stake. Its release coincides with a number of stories in the mainstream media, calling for Australians to get behind our food producers and buy Australian, where … [Read more...]

Like father, like son

Our youngest son, James, goes to the local community kindy. As do the sons of two of Mr Bean's vegetable-farmer mates. So it's no surprise that trio gravitate towards each other in the playground. And it's also no surprise that the topic of much of their play is ... farming. Whether it's due to the indoctrination they've had since birth, or it's just because little … [Read more...]

Ask A Farmer

ARE you trying to grow veggies in your backyard with limited success? Maybe you want to know about where your milk comes from and what happens to it between cow and bottling. Ever wondered what the difference is between white garlic and purple galic? Well do I have the forum for you. My new column, Ask a Farmer, debuted in the Courier Mail's LIFE section today and it's the … [Read more...]