Picked & Packed

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Arriving at Taddei Orchards I feel far from the West Gingin sandy plains, the scene would not be out of place in Tuscany. Beautifully groomed...

A currant affair

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Not so long ago the Great Northern Highway was paved with dried fruit drying racks. There were once hundreds of currant growers in the area...

East meets West in Gingin

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When Peter Jones and his family bought a twice-failed yabby farm in Muckenburra in 2003, the many large, cracked, concrete ponds cried out for...

Supersprouts

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Have you had your serve of sprouts today? A sprout is at the transitional stage between seed and plant. It is, to put it simply,...

Christos hospitality

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At a time when many people are pulling grapevines out of the ground, and vineyards are seen as a liability, it is refreshing to...

Another bet on hay

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Farming can be a risky business. For Suzanne and Steve Woods, Calingiri farmers and part owners of Muchea-based business Hay Australia, the decision to...

Feeding the birds

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When Amos Machlin took on this retirement farming project he didn’t anticipate that his biggest challenge would be keeping the birds away. With 900 Pecan...

Drinking the stars

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“Come quickly, I am drinking the stars,” Dom Pérignon is famously quoted as saying upon taking his first sip of Champagne. Urban myth suggests...

A hard nut to crack

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May2012 Brenda and Bill Denham have a Macadamia farm of 800 trees in Chittering. They planted all the trees themselves, the first 200 were planted about...

Cheers to the 2011 vintage!

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On a wild winters day, Mary Cussen co-owner of Stringybark Winery & Restaurant is enjoying the good life, celebrating her first bottle of Verdelho/Chardonnay...

In the limelight

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Veronica Trethewey’s excitement about Australian Black Limes is palpable, and there is a genuine feeling that she and husband Grant are on the brink...

Magnificent Mangoes

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Locally grown mangoes are just weeks away from their peak, and the magnificent mango trees at Tony and Jenny Maddern’s Avalon orchard in Gingin...