802 Williams Rd Nambucca.
-Support your local growers-
Our tour of Nambucca Valley Aquaponics was well attended and with a number of new faces (hello!!).
The farm is run by the always-look-on-the-bright-side father and son duo of Keith and Luke Tutt. Never fear being a beginner. YouTube is your best friend. They have learned everything by trial and error and looking things up online. It was refreshing to see a real farm put together with an eye on real function, not pretty matching fences.
A couple of the main findings along their way: aquaponics (with fish) had far more robust results compared to hydroponics (just water and fertilizers); and to solve their trouble with biting midges eating the seedlings in the greenhouses, predatory mites from www.bioworksonline.com.au have been the answer.
The farm produce is spray free, and would be certified organic except for an admin quirk - a gap in the certification rules. There is no category for aquaponics. So although everything is grown to organic standards, there is no certification to be had.
Wow does this farm produce! Look at all that food!!!
Thanks to Jeff for all our photos.