Thursday 23 March, 2017

Tropical Organic

Tim Marshall recently returned to the North, visiting organic and biodynamic growers in Australia’s north Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Not surprisingly, most successful commercial organic farmers in the north grow that magnificent tropical fruit, the mango, or bananas, or row crop vegetables and melons. The range of vegetables grown is quite broad and includes the familiar carrot, beans, squash, cucumber, tomatoes etc. Melons are very popular, mainly rockmelon and watermelon with some new asian melons also appearing. Some other tropical fruits are also grown and interest is developing in an organic sugar industry. Other organic crops, on a small scale, are tea, coffee, tea-tree and neem. There is a small stirring of interest in cocoa too, but I could locate no farms producing commercial quantities of organic cocoa. Read more…

by Tim Marshall

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