Cucumbers on the menu in Walkaway

Some of NACC’s Sustainable Agriculture team recently took a visit to Sun City Produce in Walkaway, and can agree, cucumbers certainly are on the menu.

Program Coordinator Sally Fenner and Carbon Farming Coordinator Sarah Jeffery met up with owner Boa Duy Nguyen and the director of Energy Farmers Australia, Euan Beamont.

Euan Beaumont, NACC’s Carbon Farming Coordinator Sarah Jeffery, Boa Duy Nguyen and Sustainable Farming Coordinator Sally Fenner.

Sun City Produce produces tomatoes and cucumbers for the domestic market, and Boa and Euan are currently running a poultry litter biochar demonstration on the cucumbers, through NACC’s Innovative Farming Demonstration grants.

“We are looking at different rates of poultry littler biochar with different rates of fertiliser to examine its effect on nutrient availability, plant health and yield,” Euan said.

“So far the results look promising,” he said, “but we only have one year of data;  It will be interesting to see what two years of results will look like.”

Boa was recently awarded a 2017 Nuffield Scholarship and will be looking into how low technological greenhouses can be more sustainable.  He is also featured on the front cover of the most recent edition of VegetablesWA.

NACC wishes Boa well on his Nuffield journey ahead.

NACC’s Round 6 Innovative Farming Demonstrations grants are now open and close at 12pm, 30 January 2017.  More information and past demonstration reports can be found on the NACC website. 

This demonstration has been possible through NACC’s Round 3 Innovative Farming Demonstration grants, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.


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