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All about native limes

Australia is home to six species of native citrus one of which has gained popularity recently in the culinary world. They are a unique fruit that adds classic citrus zing to a recipe and provides visual appeal to both sweet and savoury dishes. Often referred to as ‘finger limes’, the trees grow up to 5 […]

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Moonburra Stay

A place to breathe

Nahrel Dallywater Nestled at the top of a hill in tranquil surroundings overlooking the Avon Valley National Park is a “place to breathe”. This is the magical site of Moonburra Stay, a luxury forest retreat and event centre located in Kooyong Close in the Bullsbrook hills. Lizelle and Michael Hartley stumbled upon the property in […]

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The good oil on olives

When Angus Cowling and partner Rae Jefferies acquired 80 ha of a failed tagasaste farm in Ginginup back in 1998, they had a vision for what it could become under their stewardship. They had already decided that their new parcel of land, with its marginal soils and poor recent history, would be home to their […]

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Native Superfoods

Braving the bracing heat and fighting heinous thorns, Mark Andrew and partner Vickie Shina spent the lead up to Christmas hard at work gathering their unique crop of native limes. The former chef and trained nurse have unintentionally become pioneers in Western Australia’s fledgling native foods industry, and after 16 years of learning by trial […]

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The science of compost

An unassuming business situated north of Gingin is combining the very latest in scientific technology with one of nature’s most basic chemical processes to create products benefiting the environment in a number of ways. Drawing on waste products from local farms Garden Organics, a subsidiary of the Brunnings group, mixes and processes composts, manures and […]

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New Norcia olive grove fruitful again

The Benedictine town of New Norcia is celebrating a bumper olive harvest this year largely thanks to the work of a group of former St Ildephonsus College students who volunteered to resurrect the ageing olive grove 12 years ago. In keeping with his Spanish heritage, Dom Rosendo Salvado planted around 3000 olive trees when he […]

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Locals go for national Sausage King

The team at Bindoon Fresh Meats has captured the hearts of locals in their pursuit of the National Sausage King title to be held in Adelaide in February. Craig, Rita and Rhys fly out on Friday 6th Feb. Judging is on Saturday with the winners announced at the awards dinner that evening. To help pay […]

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Michelle and Mario Trovato

Living the good life

The bright green rows of vegetables bursting from the ground in Michelle and Mario Trovato’s veggie paddock are a picture of health and vitality. Amidst the leafy sea a glimpse of black earth below is the clue to the success of this certified organic farm which produces up 4-5 ton of vegetables per week as […]

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New chef at Stringybark brings success

Mary and Bruce Cussen of Stringybark have a lot to celebrate. The restaurant and winery has just won the trophy for best Dry Red Table wine at the 2014 Swan Valley Wine competition. The winning wine was their 2012 Cabernet Shiraz produced by Ryan Sudano (winemaker). Ryan is a highly celebrated winemaker having won the […]

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2015 Feast on Northern Valleys

The 2015 calendar is out now! It will be available to buy at the ‘Maggies Place’ stall at the Bindoon and Districts agricultural show on the 18th October and the Chittering Farmers Markets. The calendar features 12 recipes using local produce, in-season produce for each month and the first ever Northern Valleys locavore map – […]

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