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Pam and Dino Coiacetto

Pam and Dino Coiacetto

By on Jun 7, 2013 in The Coiacettos' |

Go to: Dino and Pam: family backgrounds | The original farm | From dairying to mixed farming | Weeds to lifestyle blocks | Beans, cucumbers and a lot of bananas | Cyclones and the Tornado | Resumed land, sales and policy changes | Peas, lychees and pumpkins | Bananas in the 1930s | Neighbours | The Future? | Working the farm today | The changing community | Italians and Australians | The growing family | A partnership

Peas, lychees and pumpkins

So we’ve got some photos there of the peas. You said you only did that once. Where were the peas?

Dino: The peas were here in this section. As you come in the gate here, that flat corner piece there.

Right, and why did you only do it once?

Dino: Because it was back breaking and it takes forever to fill a tin up.

Pam: We did plant beans in that area.

Dino: Yeah beans. The beans are alright, you can fill up a bucket in no time but flamin’ peas… oh…

And why did you put them in?

Dino: Oh just because – see at that time the land was -we had it leased to the Everinghams, we decided, you can use that little bit there. So we did. But see it does get some frost where you can’t plant beans with frost but you can plant peas. So that’s what we planted – peas. That was in ’65 we had the peas.

The one and only year of peas. Right, ok, and any other cropping; any other experimentation?

Dino: Yeah, that there, that’s all lychees. [on the map]

There? Is it still…?

Dino: But I haven’t picked any since …

Pam: Flying foxes eat all of them.

Dino: 2008 was the last time we picked. It’s not the flying foxes it’s when – about next month the fruit’s about that big, and that bloody Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, those rainbow lorikeets, they strip them in about two days. And I’m not going to put nets over them.

Pam: We’re too old for that.

Dino: But when the trees were smaller we never had any birds, but when the trees got big… oh boy!

Pam: Remember you and Frank decided to raise pigs? Pumpkins – you built the little hutch there. (laughs) So many things!

Pigs, so what happened to the pigs?

Dino: We grew about seven acres of pumpkins, and when they were ready to pick, to sell, nobody wanted them. So we got half a dozen pigs and fed ‘em to the pigs.

You bought the pigs to feed the pumpkins to – to get rid of the pumpkins?

Dino: Yeah… (laughs)

Oh that’s one way. And where were the pumpkins?

Dino: Over on the neighbour’s farm and right up the top.

And when was that?

Pam : Oh I can’t remember.

Dino: Oh it was about the same time, it would have been in the sixties.

And did you sell the pigs for a good price?

Pam: Don’t even remember.

Dino: I think we come out square, yeah come out square. (laughs)

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