STATE FARM: The State Farm covering an area of some 25ha was set up in Biggenden in 1898. These two silos were experimentally constructed. One was never fully completed. Manager was Henry Tardent, an agricultural scientist who also prepared the land following his practice of deep ploughing, frequent cultivation and the keeping of bees. Although his first three years were adverse his reports cover an amazing number of varieties of grapes, maize, cowpeas, pumpkins, wheat, barleys, sorghums, millets, grasses, tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, peas, carrots etc. There was also mangle-wurzels, peanuts, asparagus, artichokes, arrowroot, pineapples, sugarcane and fruit trees.