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This website aims to develop case studies of the development of farming practices and attendant transformations of local ecologies of defined blocks of land. Through these biographies of particular plots of land we are developing localised analyses of the wider historical trends in the political economy/ecology of the Northern Rivers.

The Boyds’

Boyd view over caneThe Boyd family farm is in the upper Tweed, north east of Murwillumbah, NSW. Some of the most agriculturally productive parts of the land  were created by the development of extensive drainage systems, which exposed rich peat deposits that have supported intensive agricultural practices ranging from intensive dairying to cane to a mix of other cops and land uses. Through the entire period since settlement and survey, the land has passed through families related through blood and marriage, and there remains to this day a deep and abiding commitment to protect the land and the families and communities the lands support. A pragmatism that acknowledges the tough choices farming families have had to make, and continue to struggle with today is clearly part of the Boyd story, but so too are the goals of that pragmatism – the protection of agriculture and lands, and the well-being of the communities that produce (and consume!) the bounty of one of the most beautiful and fertile areas of northern NSW.

More information can be found in Max Boyd’s story of growing up on the family farm and his views on food production in contemporary Australia and documents relating to the history of the property.

 

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