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Episode 9 - Rising from the Ashes


Today we are on the road to Woombye on Queensland’s glorious Sunshine Coast.

Our farmer of the week knows what it’s like to work hard, lose it all - and then go on to come back even stronger.

Five years ago, the family’s fresh produce shop was destroyed in an arson attack but the setback ended up being a reset with Mick Dan and his partner Kelly deciding to found Good Harvest Organic Farm.

A green change that paid off - having just been declared Australian Organic Farmer of the Year.

Farmer Mick joins me to discuss:

  • Farmer Mick’s favourite time of day on his Organic farm on the Sunshine Coast of Qld.

  • Farming is in Mick’s blood, however he first set himself up with a Batchelor of Environmental Science and, became a Lecturer in climate change, physics and ecology!

  • Mick’s roots called him back to the farm and he shares the advantages of his education in organic farming.

  • The arson attack on his Organic shopfront, which brought an unexpected silver lining.

  • The beginnings of Good Harvest Organic Farm

  • The feeling of feeding more than 1300 families per week.

  • Customer perceptions of organics and food provenance and, the shift in perception during the pandemic.

  • Mick tells us what is actually involved in growing Organic produce.

  • The requirements for receiving organic certification for Good Harvest Organic Farms.

  • Winning Organic Australian Farmer of the year in 2021.

  • Mick tells us about the ‘farming incubator’ as a way to build a lasting legacy.

  • The biggest misconception from the public when it comes to organic produce.

  • The ultimate dream for the future of Good Harvest Organic Farm.

We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.

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