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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.

Eric Bazzana’s Story

By on Jul 25, 2013 in Industry Interviews | 0 comments

This is an edited version of a conversation between Eric and Marie Bazzana, and Jo Kijas, on 8 May 2013. It contains stories about Eric’s family history  | Bananas  | Marie’s family history  | The beginning of changes to the town  | Transport and supply  | Married life  | Primary producers’ store  | The Aquarius festival  | The legacy of Aquarius | Changing...

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Fay and Roly Couch’s Story

By on Jul 5, 2013 in Nimbin Valley Dairy | 0 comments

The story is an edited version of a conversation between Roland and Fay Couch and Jo Kijas and Hazel Ferguson on June 5, 2013. It contains reflections on Family History | Land history | Dairying | Aquarius Festival | Breeding | Buying and selling land, and succession   Family History Roly: My old grandfather, old James Andrew Couch, he moved up from Brooklyn...

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Geraldine, Georgia and Lance’s Story

By on Jul 5, 2013 in Industry Interviews | 0 comments

This is an edited version of a conversation between Hazel Ferguson, Geraldine O’Flynn, Georgina Powell, and Lance Powell, on 7 March 2013. It contains reflections on Land History | Markets | Profitability | Climate and the needs of the fruit vs the big markets  | Ecosystems: soil and bush regeneration  | Succession Geraldine: My name is Geraldine O’Flynn. I’m an...

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Leigh Davison’s Story

Leigh Davison’s Story

By on Jul 1, 2013 in Dharmananda | 0 comments

This is an edited version of a conversation between Leigh Davison, Jo Kijas and Hazel Ferguson on November 7, 2012. It contains reflections on Family background | Engineering and travelling | The environment and agriculture|  Aquarius | Moving to the land | Dharmananda: land history | The landscape | Early history of the Community | Growing food | Dairying |...

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Pam and Dino Coiacetto

Pam and Dino Coiacetto

By on Jun 7, 2013 in The Coiacettos' |

This is an edited version of a conversation between Dino and Pam Coiacetto and Jo Kijas on November 15, 2012 at their property on Tuntable Creek Road It contains reflections on 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...

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