8 episodes

Australian Farmers: Telling Our Story is hosted by television presenter and journalist, Angie Asimus and is powered by the National Farmers Federation. It’s dedicated to connecting our wonderful farmers with health conscious consumers and ethically minded shoppers. Together, we can all learn more about the food we eat and the fibre we wear. This is your exclusive look behind the farm gate. As a country girl herself, Angie knows you'll love what you hear. From the freshest produce, to carbon neutral wool. What about female shearers and farms that give more to the land than they take in the battle against climate change? Is it possible to drought and flood proof your business through diversification so prices don’t fluctuate so much at the supermarket? We tackle the most common misconceptions about life on the land and have many laughs along the way with some of the most memorable characters you could ever meet.

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Australian Farmers: Telling Our Story Angie Asimus

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 10 Ratings

Australian Farmers: Telling Our Story is hosted by television presenter and journalist, Angie Asimus and is powered by the National Farmers Federation. It’s dedicated to connecting our wonderful farmers with health conscious consumers and ethically minded shoppers. Together, we can all learn more about the food we eat and the fibre we wear. This is your exclusive look behind the farm gate. As a country girl herself, Angie knows you'll love what you hear. From the freshest produce, to carbon neutral wool. What about female shearers and farms that give more to the land than they take in the battle against climate change? Is it possible to drought and flood proof your business through diversification so prices don’t fluctuate so much at the supermarket? We tackle the most common misconceptions about life on the land and have many laughs along the way with some of the most memorable characters you could ever meet.

Partnered with Australian Farmers

    Episode 7 - Sunny Side Up

    Episode 7 - Sunny Side Up

    Caged, barn laid, free-range, organic - when did buying eggs become so confusing? Today’s guest could speak about eggs for hours but she didn’t always want to take on the family business. Now, at 29 years old, tired of trespassers and vandalism, Danyel Cucinotta has opened the farm gates using virtual reality and an on-site deli to reveal the truth about eggs.
    Today we speak with Danyel Cucinotta and discuss:
    Danyel was born into a family whose main business is cage laid eggs and she explains what that means. The misconceptions about the caged egg industry and Danyel shares her current views around what she does. The benefits of caged eggs - more nutritional eggs, lowers fear and injury on the hens and does it all with a smaller environmental impact. At age 28, Danyel was appointed the Vice President of Victoria’s Farmers Federation – the youngest to take that role and the first caged egg producer. Her role in changing the Trespassing Laws and protecting the future of farming. Danyel’s role in education and building a VR Egg tour and the ‘farmer time’. Instead of shutting the farm gate to scrutiny, Danyel has done the opposite – she now has an on-farm deli and fresh food outlet. The choice to be the last commercial white egg producer in Australia and the choice not sell to supermarkets. The future for Danyel Cucinotta.  
    We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.
     
    Links:
    Angie Asimus
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    Partnered with Australian Farmers
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    Connect with Danyel on LinkedIn
    Produced by Pretty Podcasts

    • 24 min
    Episode 6 - A Cotton Graveyard

    Episode 6 - A Cotton Graveyard

    Have you ever been roped into the fast fashion frenzy of buying a new piece of clothing on a weekly or monthly basis, only for it to end up in landfill a short time later? There is a world-first movement on the Queensland/New South Wales border to tackle that very issue. On a farm near Goondiwindi, you’ll find a cotton graveyard where customers are welcome to return unwanted clothes to be shredded and deposited back into the soil. Our guest today is the tireless Sam Coulton from Goondiwindi Cotton. The energy and passion he brings to turning rubbish into riches is truly inspiring. 
     
    Today we speak with Sam Coulton from Goondiwindi Cotton and discuss: 
    Looking over his favorite place on the farm called ‘Blue Knob’.  At the North Star family farm, Sam is a 3rd generation farmer with now the 5th generation on the ground.  Since 1924 the farm has been set up for sheep until the early 50s, where Sam’s grandfather switched the focus to crop farming.  In 1973 they bought an irrigation farm at Goondiwindi, which is where the story of Cotton begins after a flood wiped out all their crops.   The story of the 212 bales, which make 1000 t-shirts per bale, for brands like Piping Hot.  The Circular Economy Project whereby old garments are collected, shredded, and spread across his fields. 
    800-thousand tonnes of textiles go to waste in Australia each year.  The reason Sam started shredding cotton garments to go back into the soil and the impacts of this pilot.  If successful, this could change the industry globally as we re-use these natural materials.  Sam shares what it looks like to have shredded fabric all over the fields at 40cm thick.  The advantages to cattle and other aspects of farming through the Circular Economy Project.   Sam accommodates tours on his farm and says, ‘The solution for textile waste is education.’ 
     
    We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus. 
     
    Links: 
    Angie Asimus  
    Connect with @angieasimus on Instagram 
    Partnered with Australian Farmers 
    Follow @australianfarmers on Instagram 

     
    Goondiwindi Cotton 
    Follow @goondiwindicotton on Instagram 
    Produced by Pretty Podcasts 

    • 25 min
    Episode 5 - Beef Meets Big Tech

    Episode 5 - Beef Meets Big Tech

    Did you know only 25% of Australians believe farmers are adapting to climate change? Today’s guest has proven we are in fact world leaders when it comes to adapting to climate pressures. Stuart Austin of Wilmot Cattle Co in the NSW Northern Tablelands has pioneered a deal to sell around $500 000 worth of soil carbon credits to Microsoft. It’s the first sale of its kind in this country. The farm captures more carbon than it releases. Now he wants to share the knowledge he’s learnt along the way to keep the innovations coming.
    Today we speak with Stuart Austin and discuss: 
    Stuart’s favourite place on the farm.  He elaborates on the term ‘GSD people’.  Stuart views farming as a noble profession, and shares how the true meaning of this has revealed itself over time.    He explains what it means to run a ‘climate positive operation.’  How Stuart sequesters carbon and the flow on effect to the nutrient content of his beef.  He is restoring the biodiversity of the farm by planting more than 25 thousand trees.  How only a quarter of Australians believe farmers are committed to improving the environment or are adapting to climate change, and Stuart's response to this.   The ‘Microsoft Project’ and how his operation now captures more carbon than it releases.  As a father himself, Stuart has a vested interest in how he leaves the land behind for the next generation.   What Stuart loves most about living on the land with his beautiful young family.  The ultimate dream for the future of Wilmot Cattle Co. 
    We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus. 
     
    Links: 
    Angie Asimus
    Connect with @angieasimus on Instagram
    Partnered with Australian Farmers

    Follow @australianfarmers on Instagram

    Wilmot Cattle Co. 

    Produced by Pretty Podcasts 

    • 24 min
    Episode 4 - Chick Go The Shears

    Episode 4 - Chick Go The Shears

    There are very few young shearers and even fewer female ones. That’s why the delightfully named Joanna Treasure is a rare gem. She shares how she made it into the coveted 200 club (shearing 200 sheep in one day) and how working in the hustle and bustle of the shearing shed can earn you the big bucks.  
     
    Today we speak with Joanna Treasure and discuss: 
    Her office being a busy working shearing shed.   Her determination to become a shearer as people kept telling her not to.   Falling in love with the challenges that come along with this high energy job.  A typical ewe weighs between 70-100kgs and the physical strength required to lift this weight.   Joanna has recently joined the ‘200 club’, and shares how long she has been perfecting her skills.   The average number of sheep sheared in a day.   Being accepted by an older generation of male shearers and the assumptions that are made.   The perception of shearers within the agriculture industry.  The going rate for shearing can be up to $800 per day, it is the perfect job for a young person looking to save for the future.   Shearing is a seasonal profession and the work satisfaction Joanna receives from her job.   The common misconceptions Joanna receives about the work she does.  The future for Joanna Treasure.    
    We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus. 
     
    Links: 
    Angie Asimus
    Connect with @angieasimus on Instagram
    Partnered with Australian Farmers

    Follow @australianfarmers on Instagram

    Connect with Joanna on LinkedIn  
    Produced by Pretty Podcasts 

    • 16 min
    Episode 3 - Kimo Estate

    Episode 3 - Kimo Estate

    This story starts with a father and son, a bottle of red wine and a hilltop. What came from that afternoon is the Instagram sensation that is JR’s Eco Hut at Kimo Estate in the South West Slopes of NSW. It’s an Air BnB project David Ferguson credits with drought and flood proofing his family farm, giving them a stable income all year round. But opening up this working sheep and cattle property to the public has also unexpectedly helped bridge a divide between the city and country. No curated cattle or petting zoos here. It’s fair dinkum and visitors have been surprised by what they see. 
     
    Today we speak with David Ferguson from Kimo Estate and discuss: 
    David Ferguson’s favourite place on the farm and the history of Kimo Estate established in 1832.  The early 2000s delivered one of the worst droughts recorded since European settlement and, the impact of such events.   David and his wife have backgrounds in building, photography, sales and hospitality and so began Kimo Eco Huts.  The impact of the pandemic and the important part the Eco Huts have played on the financial stability of the farm.  The unique plan and design of the Eco Huts as a self-sufficient and fully sustainable product.   Making it into Australian Traveller’s ‘Top 100 Unique Stays’ in the country in 2021.  Reconnecting city folk back to the country and educating the public.   David shares what it means to him to be a guardian of the Kimo Estate.  And finally, what David Ferguson loves most about living on the land and his bold plans for the future.  We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus. 
     
    Links: 
    Angie Asimus
    Connect with @angieasimus on Instagram
    Partnered with Australian Farmers

    Follow @australianfarmers on Instagram

    Kimo Eco Huts 
    Connect with @kimoestate on Instagram 
    Follow Kimo Estate on Facebook 
    Produced by Pretty Podcasts 

    • 23 min
    Episode 2 - A Cherry on Top

    Episode 2 - A Cherry on Top

    It’s almost Christmas time and for most of us, that means a nice cold bowl full of cherries. But have you ever complained about how much they cost? Well, our farmer of the week is cherry royalty in NSW and has a lot to say about that. So how do cherries get from the orchard to international clients in just 48 hours? Did you know they are picked and safely stored inside within 20 minutes? It’s a fascinating process to bring us the tiny superfruit we all love.
     
    Today we speak with Fiona Hall from BiteRiot! and discuss:
    Fiona shares how cherry crops are tracking for this year including the challenges of weather and pickers. How in 2016 BiteRiot! was able to supply 10% of the cherries in Australia. She explains the BiteRiot! model and how this benefits many growers in the region. Fiona’s farm was the first to introduce an optical grader in NSW which ensures consistency. The growing market for cherries in China as a luxury gift. The hydro cooler, packing, and grading of cherries. Fiona shares the pricing structure for cherries and how this can fluctuate year on year. Fiona’s favourite cherry variety is Samba – beautiful sweet and large and always eaten fresh – and her recipe for a cherry spritzer. Fiona takes us through an average day for her and the challenges associated with a short picking window. The ideal conditions for growing and the elements which contribute to sweetness. Fiona’s ultimate dream for the track ahead.  
    We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers: Telling our Story with Angie Asimus.
     
    Links:
    Angie Asimus
    Connect with @angieasimus on Instagram
    Partnered with Australian Farmers  

    Follow @australianfarmers on Instagram  

    Connect with Fiona on LinkedIn
    Biteriot
    Produced by Pretty Podcasts

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Brooke Lorraine ,

Cool stories, real and meaningful county topic.

I love this. As a city girl that loves the country, this podcast really is a winner with a great mix stories.

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