Category Archives: Social and community

Value-adding, farm tourism and providoring

On-farm-businesses; value-adding. I think everyone at some stage thinks “How can I make more money with the resources I’ve got?”. Retirement and succession issues mean we also sometimes think “How can we best use the farm given my/our changing abilities?”. … Continue reading

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Leasing, agistment, strategies for retirement

I was talking with my old friend who’s now teaching in the farm-and-forest belt down South, and his wife who I’d just met. Her parents recently sold their orchard farm and moved to the same town as their daughter, and … Continue reading

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“For Sale”, “For Sale”, “For Sale” on each corner

We see so many “For Sale” signs as we drive around various parts of farm country. I have to admit that every time I see one I think half seriously about it. I look at the property, think about where … Continue reading

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We were told we could be anything we wanted to be

“Fifteen”, Mum said. I was helping Mum stack slashed hay from a trailer out around one of the cherimoya trees in the upper orchard. My two-and-a-half-year-old son was “helping”. Mum was about to tell him to be careful climbing around, … Continue reading

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Night markets at the farm

It’s a warm summer’s evening after a 38 degree day. The sea breeze is in but that just means the air’s no longer baking and it’s got a bit more humid. The pumpkin vines look fine with healthy tendrils exploring … Continue reading

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SA Food Industry Award winners

Last Friday was the gala dinner announcing the 2013 winners of the South Australia Food Industry Awards. The finalists covered a wide spread of local food manufacturers and producers, sounding a bit like a foodie’s dream: kangaroo, icecream, crackers, carob, … Continue reading

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How we forget where ideas came from

One of the jobs I helped Mum with last weekend was raking in the cherimoya orchard. It’s a yearly ritual around this time of year. The November grasses and weeds dry out and get slashed down in the aisles. We … Continue reading

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