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Part 1 - Small producer case study: Eagle Vale Olives

Awarded Australia’s best green table olives, Western Australian family-owned and operated Eagle Vale Olives is a niche farming success story.

Small producer case study: gourmet pickled walnuts (Part 2)

Small landholders, Andrew and Bettina Pretsel, are giving pickled walnuts a new lease of life and turning a small niche product into a hit with gourmet food customers.

Small producer case study: gourmet pickled walnuts (Part 1)

Small landholders, Andrew and Bettina Pretsel, are giving pickled walnuts a new lease of life and turning a small niche product into a hit with gourmet food customers.
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  • When Jamie and Lara McCall followed their dream and moved to the ‘country’, they started a journey that would lead to running a thriving organic farm and farmstay business.

    Small producer case study: Creating an organic agritourism experience (Part 1)

    When Jamie and Lara McCall followed their dream and moved to the ‘country’, they started a journey that would lead to running a thriving organic farm and farmstay business.

    Starting a lavender farm

     Have you purchased a small farm, or are you interested in lavender and thinking of starting a lavender farm? Many people do, some as a paying hobby and  others that go on to make a successful business from it.

    Part two: Calf housing and bedding requirements for successful calf rearing

     For small landholders wanting to make a success of calf rearing and make a supplementary income from it, calf housing will be an important  consideration. Providing suitable housing for calves at night and in bad weather for the first 4 weeks of their life can result in growth rates of up to 25%  above those of non-housed calves.

    Part one: Calf rearing – small farmers’ guide to feeding and raising calves

     Hand rearing calves is a popular business for small farmers. The initial investment required for calf rearing is relatively low while labour can generally be  easily worked around off-farm commitments.

    Starting out in olives

    Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions of small and hobby farmer's who want to start farming olives.

    Worm farming: an introduction for the small farmer

    Small farmers can use compost worm's to reduce organic garden and kitchen waste, whilst also minimising dependence on artificial fertilisers.

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