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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 Coiacettos’

Coiacetto viewDino and Pam Coiacetto bought their farm in 1974 from Dino’s father Beniamino. Beniamino and his wife Maria had bought the farm in 1958 as a Restricted Title and Dino farmed it from that time. It was selected in 1923 by JJ Falls where he ran dairy cattle. When the Coiacettos arrived share farmers had been running the dairy and pigs. They soon sold the dairy heard and went into cattle along with a great array of mixed crops. Since marrying and taking over the farm Dino and Pam have grown bananas, peas, beans, mangoes, lychees, avocados, cucumbers, pumpkins with others they might not have mentioned. Today they have the only commercial patch of bananas left in the immediate area and continue to farm avocados. Much of the land surrounding them are now lifestyle blocks, with little farming. They have an entrenched weed problem which constantly worries them in their capacity to keep on top of it. None of their family wishes to take over the farm and for now they continue production and wonder how long Dino will be able to keep up the pace. While Pam would consider living off the farm, Dino isn’t going anywhere.

More detail can be found in Pam and Dino Coiacetto’s story, and in the historical documents relating to the property.
 
 
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