NSW FARMS INSPIRE
AMIENS capsicum grower Stewart Gow never expected to have so much in common with coffee roasters in the Northern Rivers region.
But, after a two-day trip with the Granite Belt Growers Association through Northern New
South Wales, Mr Gow and the other association members have seen just how similar they all are.
The group visited compost producers, lettuce growers, a coffee plantation, a macadamia nut farm and research centre, blueberry fields, pecan growers and a banana farm on November 21 and 22.
“Every system has parts of it that were applicable to every other system,” Mr
“Everyone assumes you grow a certain way, but you might see something in a different industry that is eye opening.”
He was impressed by Wardell Hydroponic Lettuce which used older growing techniques while still being a major supplier to Coles.
“It was interesting to see you can do that without a lot of computers,” he said.
“They were doing it as simple as any of us farmers in Stanthorpe could have done.”
Although he enjoyed gaining knowledge from the growers in New South Wales, he was most impressed by the other Granite Belt growers.
“Even meeting the other guys on the bus on the way down became a wealth of information sharing.
“There is a culture of ‘that’s how we’ve always done it’ and you don’t want to be trapped in that.
“The only way to do that is to see someone in another area; adaptability is one of the key things in farming these days.”
The trip was organised by the local Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and was made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Communities and Condamine Headwaters Landcare Group.
Mr Gow said he looked forward to the association’s future trips.
The inaugural Granite Belt Growers AGM will be held at the RSL Lower Function Room on Thursday, November 29 at 5.45 for a 6pm start. Followed by the Granite Belt Growers Association Christmas party. Contact granitebeltgrow[email protected]
INFORMATION GROWING: Granite Belt Growers’ Group visits a banana farm in Northern NSW.