We roam around Mackay visiting farms and hearing about the experiments and inventions of farmers. And rumbling just below the surface is an anxiety. It’s the troubling undercurrent that got us here in the first place – the seemingly unsolvable tension of Sugar vs the Reef. Kim and I have talked back and forth about all of […]
On Tuesday morning I joined more than 50 farmers at the Walkerston Leagues Club to hear a “breakfast talk” on the importance of soil health in sugar cane growing. The event started at six thirty in the morning. Six thirty! That’s way too early. An artist like me should still be dreaming at six thirty. […]
As I learn little bits each day about the life and times of sugar, en route to becoming a Cane-Nerd, I’ll post them here. Today’s “thing wot I learnt” is this: Sugar cane is a grass. It grows a bit bigger than the average lawn, but yep, it belongs to the same family. According to […]
En route to Mackay, we stopped in Rockhampton. There, perusing the local newspaper, I noticed this article. Across 140,000 farms in Australia, 90% of which are family-owned, the average age of farmers is 58. When they retire, many of these farmers will not be replaced by their children. What then?