2017 Summer School (yes, in May) – Bookings now open!

By | 2017-05-16T22:55:18+00:00 March 15th, 2017|Categories: Courses & Training, Events, GrowerSupport, News, Resources|

SUMMER SCHOOL - ready to roll! 29th - 30th May 2017 This fantastic annual event brings together growers, experienced and new, and presenters in a feast of discussions on current best practice in local small-scale agriculture! There's a huge wealth of practical information available from expert presenters and the year's best opportunity to meet and learn [...]

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ABC Landline – 19/04/2015 visits the Mary Valley and drops in on the co-op

By | 2016-10-20T13:34:47+00:00 April 18th, 2015|Categories: Events, Resources|

A few weeks ago, Pip Courtney and the ABC Landline TV crew turned up at Dagun Station while we were packing  produce to send to the Sunshine coast.  Their visit was part of a larger story about the recovery of the Mary Valley now that the properties acquired for the Traveston Crossing Dam are now mostly back [...]

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Documentary to explore Mary Valley’s rural future – Dagun 28th March

By | 2016-10-20T13:34:53+00:00 March 23rd, 2015|Categories: Events, GrowerSupport, Resources|Tags: |

Beef cattle on the property of Mary Valley grazier Glenda Pickersgill. Agriculture’s role as the lifeblood of the Mary Valley will be put under the microscope when a new University of the Sunshine Coast documentary screens at the Dagun Choo Choo Bar on Saturday 28 March at 6.30pm.   ‘The Changing Face of Mary’ [...]

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The newest farming generation – Brittany Skyring

By | 2016-10-20T13:34:53+00:00 October 24th, 2014|Categories: GrowerSupport, Resources|Tags: |

Brittany getting ready to plant summer sweet corn Here is another good article produced by the ABC's Marty McArthy when he visited the Skyring farm and spoke to Brittany and her dad Rod about why a teenager would be keen on farming in these tough times for agriculture.  Its worth listening to the audio [...]

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ABC zooms in our co-op.

By | 2016-10-20T13:34:54+00:00 October 23rd, 2014|Categories: GrowerSupport, Resources|Tags: |

Brittany Skyring did a great job talking to ABC rural about her small crops operation Marty McArthy, the same ABC reporter that talked garlic with Luke Stacey last week also dropped into Dagun Station and talked to Elaine, Adam,  Brittany and Tony while we were all packing orders.  The end result ended up on the [...]

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MasHumas/RegenAg short film – Pacho Gangotena talks dirty.

By | 2016-10-20T13:34:54+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|Categories: GrowerSupport, Resources|

Tonight, a few coop members  attended the showing of 4 short films produced by MasHumas and RegenAg documenting some aspects of their 2013 study tour of Australian farmers to Central America. Seeing as the Spanish versions of these films are already published on YouTube by MasHumus, I thought  people who couldn't attend the screening in the city [...]

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“A ripping yarn” – a short video about deep ripping techniques.

By | 2016-10-20T13:34:59+00:00 March 30th, 2014|Categories: Resources|

During the recent heavy rain that ended the record-breaking hot and dry 2013/2014 summer, Steve Burgess filmed the effect of a few different deep ripping techniques on increasing water infiltration and reducing soil loss.  The lessons learnt may be useful to other people setting up new garden areas on their farms.  Ripping parallel with the keyline (as described [...]

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Audio podcast #2 Peter Young – Tree Crops Part 2

By | 2016-10-20T13:35:00+00:00 March 17th, 2014|Categories: GrowerSupport, Resources|

This is the second part of Peter Young's excellent presentation on horticultural tree crops for small growers in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland/Mary Valley area.   This talk was part of the 2014 Summer School held at Kandanga and  the depth of directly applicable technical information about variety selection and cultural practices that Peter shares in these [...]

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