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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.

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Work ethic

Frank: But I suppose having a good work ethic makes a big difference and enjoying what you do, and I suppose you still have bad days. Here, you know, days when you want to give it all away. Sell it and live at the beach. Generally it doesn’t happen. And I suppose I’m probably enjoying it more as I get older, I think. I think. And appreciating where we live more also. Because, like back to the farmer’s market thing, I don’t think that the farmer’s market would be as successful in some other towns. The Northern Rivers area is just the attitude of people. Whereas if we were trying to do it in say Dubbo, it might be a totally different kettle of fish, cause they are probably a bit more traditional. The farmer’s market what we do here now, value adding and farmer’s markets is the difference between me staying here full-time and going off and having a job. I gave up off-farm work at Woodlawn 2 years ago now, and having the rice is what sort of made that possible. Financially.

It’s still not like we’re rolling in it but it has made the difference. So for me I suppose that’s a big land mark, that day was the day I made the decision to leave, that stable income, that you get every fortnight. And the other thing was I really enjoyed that job, it was a great job. I had a lot of autonomy over what happened on the farm, the kids were great, I just I agonised over it for a long time. Because it was such a good job. But the reality is it came down to the fact that either I was going to be a farmer or continue to work off-farm.

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