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Tours. Home and away.

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What a busy time of it!

There have been some mighty wonderful folk coming to visit us here at Pretty Produce HQ on Macleay island.

We have met some passionate and knowledgeable members of ROGI ( Redlands Organic Growers Inc) that came out in force with 2 buses on Sunday, 21st June. Headed up by Jill Nixon (president) and long term members such as Marion Lennon and Frank Huysing,  Gennaro De Rosa, Margaret Foley and Toni Bowler just to mention a few! Such a marvellous cross pollination of advice and ideas and I relished such wisdom coming right into the patches and to my other growing spaces! Some of the tips included utilising of wood ash on high acid soils to sweeten them up, increasing the ph (thanks Gennaro!) and others included how to care and look after my 'Moringa Olefaria' babies by Marion who has adult trees in her yard to prove she knows her stuff!

The next big tour was part of the Karragarra Garden Group's "Graeme Sait" seminar day on August 1st. Such a pleasure to host speakers such Len Calvi and Sonia Ghiggioli (www.vinetime.com.au) and be on the same program as Gary Donaldson ( www.microponics.net.au) and Tim Barker (permaculturenews.org).

This weekend just gone (8th August) I had the ABSOLUTE pleasure of being a speaker for Land Granite Borders at both Stanthorpe, QLD and Tenterfield, NSW. The topic of discussion was 'Diversity and resilience in farming systems'.


Some of my fellow speakers to feature were Andrew O'Dea (Kelvin Falls Family Farm), Michael Sommerlads  (Sommerlads Poultry), Graham Moore (Moore Venison) and Tom Dunn ( Stanthorpe farmer). Some very interesting personal views about the current state of the nation and food growing!! It was hard not to steer clear of the elephant in the room which was how to wrestle back consumers from the iron grip of the big duopolies (Coles and Woolies) who are forcing farmers to the WALL! We all relished in our celebration of provenance and point of difference.

I look forward to welcoming my next intrepid bunch of 'green thumbs with a twist' on Aug 22nd. Its a secret however I will be sure to post some pics of that day!

 For tour info's and bookings, please contact  Simone at Pretty Produce on M 0400 197 846 or email info@prettyproduce.com.au.


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