Welcome to the Mary Valley Country Harvest Cooperative website. It explains our local growers co-operative here in the beautiful Mary Valley, Queensland, and keeps you updated with current information about our activities. The page headings above will lead you to general information about the Co-op, and the blog posts on this Home page will keep you informed about our recent and up-coming activities. Come and talk to us at the Dagun Growers Market
Get a copy of the polyface poster here and pass the word around.
Here is a video interview from Courtney and Lesa
Co-op stars Bruno and Trish Gabbana at Gympie town Markets
The ABC recently interviewed co-op members Trish, Bruno and Lesa. Here is the link to a really good news article, with sound, as ABC journalist Jennifer Nichols reports: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-22/mary-valley-harvest-co-operative-reviving-region/7346868
The tidy family supporting “Boots for change”
During April, Dagun Growers Market helped promote Boots For Change, an initiative of the Australian Farmer’s Market Association to connect farmers, their families, farmers’ markets and rural and urban communities.
ABC Wide Bay visited some of our Mary Valley farmers at Gympie Town markets and visited John and Julia Tidy’s farm to conduct an excellent interview. Here is the full article with sound on the ABC website http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-19/gympie-boots-for-change-farmers-markets/7339048
Dagun boot fashion – mens
Dagun Market boot fashion – ladies.
Dagun Boot fashion – ultra-lightweight
More information about Boots For Change at http://www.bootsforchange.org.au/
Update: ABC rural reporter Jennifer Nichols attended the farm walk and produced an excellent report which featured on the Qld Country Hour. Here is the link to her report, with interviews and photos.
The next farm walk on Sunday 24th April will look at problems caused by feral pigs and examine ways landholders can co-operate to reduce wild pig numbers and the damage they cause Details are:
Sunday 24th April, starting at 2pm.
Start and finish at Dagun Railway Station, car pool to visit a couple of nearby properties.
Portable pig and dog trap built by Mary Valley Men’s Shed
Feral pigs are a growing problem in the Mary Valley, causing damage to crops, waterways, natural areas, wildlife and posing a risk to stock and landholders. Throughout 2015, the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee ran a BMRG-funded project to help farmers in the Mary Valley and Wilsons Pocket area coordinate their feral pig control efforts. Several MVCH co-op members were involved in the Dagun/Amamoor area.
This project made shared use of surveillance cameras, remote control trapping gates and large pen-style traps, in addition to more traditional shooting, trapping and hunting techniques. The key objective was to help groups of landholders to co-operate in their control efforts to target specific groups of pigs, which have territories which range across many individual properties and large areas of adjoining state forest and national park. The April farm walk will look at some of what was learnt from this project.
We will meet at Dagun Railway Station at 2 pm, look at some of the surveillance camera and remote control technology that was used, then head off to a few local properties to look at trapping and fencing techniques and get a hilltop overview of the extent of the problem in the Dagun/Amamoor area. We should return to the station about 4 pm, for more discussion and a bite to eat and a cuppa.
As usual, we invite you to bring a snack to share at the conclusion of the session. Tea, coffee and cold water will be provided and we ask that everyone drops a gold coin donation in the tin for the farmers who make time in their busy life to share information with others. These Sunday afternoon chats are great way to meet people with similar interests and swap useful ideas and information.
We appreciate it when you let us know by email (email@example.com) that you intend coming. (This lets us know who to contact if there are any last-minute changes of plan.)
Large pen trap with automatic feeder and wireless remote control at Wilsons Pocket.
Here’s the link to the YouTube summary of the 2016 Summer School. Share it round!
For his month’s farm walk on Sunday 28th February we will gain another practical pastural perspective from Phil Stringer and his positively perspicacious porcine performers. Details are:
Sunday 28th February, starting at 2pm.
Tamworth Flyers, 1229 Noosa Rd, Tandur
Happy pigs fed by a subtropical garden
Phil Stringer, one of the (very active) directors of the co-op, has again offered his hospitality to show us round his pastured pig enterprise and subtropical fodder gardens. You can read an excellent independent and comprehensive account of his operation and philosophy here: http://www.pebblesandpomegranateseeds.com.au/ethically-farmed-pork-definitely-tasting-better/
The farm walk is at 1229 Noosa Rd Tandur, and the driveway is almost opposite Parkyn Rd. Please use common sense and follow any signs that may be on the property on the day when it comes to choosing where to park. We appreciate it when you let us know by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you intend coming. (This lets us know who to contact if there are any last-minute changes of plan.)
As usual, we invite you to bring a snack to share at the conclusion of the session. Tea, coffee and cold water will be provided and we ask that everyone drops a gold coin donation in the tin for the farmer who makes time in their busy life to share information with others. These Sunday afternoon chats are great way to meet people with similar interests and swap useful ideas and information.