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Murrnong, Violet Town

Murrnong, Violet Town

Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Farms & Farmers | Comments Off on Murrnong, Violet Town

Murrnong is at Violet Town, 180km north of Melbourne. The 8 hectare property has been developed for tree crop agriculture over the last 15 years by permaculturist David Arnold. The farm includes a mixed species fruit and nut orchard, an olive grove, other low irrigation tree crops, and tree and shrub plantings for forestry, shelter and habitat. The abundant rainfall […]

McGuinness Run Olives, Wooragee

McGuinness Run Olives, Wooragee

Posted by on July 11, 2011 in Farms & Farmers | Comments Off on McGuinness Run Olives, Wooragee

“McGuinness Run Olives” is a 30ha property in Wooragee which backs onto the Chiltern- Mt Pilot National park. We have 800 olives trees and also run cattle and sheep as well as poultry. Tony and Mary run the farm with the aim of being self-sufficient for their food supplies whilst having the least impact on the environment as possible. We […]

Successful small farmers – where to from here?

Successful small farmers – where to from here?

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Direct Marketing, Farms & Farmers, Philosophy | Comments Off on Successful small farmers – where to from here?

The successful small farmers session left me with lots of new ideas. It also raised some big questions that I think are important for coming up with ‘better ways’ Got to be a better way: distributors that aren’t focused on ‘the cut’ – based on transparency, integrity, trust. Seems like a big waste of energy for farmers having to be […]

Successful small farmers – insights and experience

Successful small farmers – insights and experience

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Direct Marketing, Farms & Farmers | Comments Off on Successful small farmers – insights and experience

In the Successful Small Farmers session, there were three farmers talking about their experiences and what they’ve learnt (leading to their advice to those getting started). This was a really interesting and useful session – a wealth of knowledge and passion punctuated by dry humour and a good dose of dungarees 🙂

Training new farmers

Training new farmers

Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Farms & Farmers, Services & Supports | Comments Off on Training new farmers

Continuing the theme of interesting supports and services, here are a couple aimed at developing and strengthening new farmers