Congrats to Tim Woller of Sage Choice!

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We spotted Tim in the Addy a few weeks back ahead of the Melbourne Butcher Wars which took place over the weekend just gone. Tim went to war with the best of the best in Melbourne and took out 3rd place. Quite an achievement and a great win for Sage Choice as well which already grows some of the best … Read More

2017 Great Southern Field Days Winchelsea

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We setup shop at the 2017 Great Southern Field Days Winchelsea at the magnificent Barwon Park Mansion in March. It’s the second year running and second year we’ve attended to promote the benefits of agricultural compost to the local farming community. What a great day! The event features regional produce, art and agriculture, while celebrating innovation in farming, manufacturing and … Read More

Reground turning coffee waste into fresh food

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Reground is a clever little project that’s been taking Melbourne by storm closing the loop on coffee grounds that were going to waste in landfill. Ninna Larsen, a former barista, became increasingly more frustrated with her contribution to landfill wondering why we throw ground coffee into the general waste bin. After discovering there was no place for this wonderful organic … Read More

If it doesn’t GROW, it doesn’t GO!

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Did you know that any non-organic material that ends up in council green bins has to be picked out by hand? Please help our dedicated picking staff by making sure only plant material goes into your green bin. Spread the word: IF IT DOESN’T GROW IT DOESN’T GO!

Applying accounting principles to sheep farming in Freshwater Creek

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Mark Carroll has wool in the blood. An accountant by trade, he grew up in a family of classers and shearers. He’s been farming for 25 years but only recently decided to return to the fold full-time, running Merino sheep on 600 acres in Freshwater Creek. The curious thing about Mark is that as he scales up he’s clearly mixing … Read More

What we’re reading: Plastic, Plastic, Plastic

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Seeing first-hand where plastic ends up lead us down a bit of a rabbit hole. The impact of plastic waste on our environment and ultimately ourselves is pretty grim, but awareness is picking up and it seems like we are heading towards a ban on the sillier items like single use plastic bags. Geelong Advertiser – Surf Coast Shire seeks … Read More

New awareness campaign around plastic bags

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Great to see Geelong Council increasing the awareness around contamination in green organics and recycling bins! In 2016 we prevented 30,000 tonnes of organic material going to landfill and much of it came from household green bins in Geelong. What we see in that waste has sadly become a bit of a running joke around the office. From dog toys … Read More

Put the life back into your soil!

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  Screened and fully matured compost ready to spread on your farm now! 2016 had some amazing winter and spring rains, which has been fantastic for making high quality compost. It also delayed many of our operations so now the weather is fine and we’re screening matured compost like it’s going out of fashion. Before the Autumn break is the … Read More

Landholder assistance with Serrated Tussock

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In coming months, there will be a program in the Inverleigh-Teesdale-Shelford area offering one-on-one assistance to help landholders with the noxious weed, Serrated Tussock (Nasella trichotoma). This is a free advisory program, run by the Victorian Serrated Tussock Working Party in partnership with local community groups, Golden Plains Shire Council, and the State Government of Victoria. Since 1995, the VSTWP … Read More

Review of 2016’s Weather

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This month rather than an outlook we’re looking back at 2016 for an overview of what went on.