Greenworld – Summer 2016-2017
Safe On All Plants
water your garden,
SA announces nursery industry awards
The Nursery and Garden Industry Association South Australia (NGISA)
announced its Awards of Excellence at a dinner function held on November
25. Awards were presented to the following businesses and people.
Retail Garden Centre of the Year
Barossa Nursery, Nuriootpa and Garden
Grove Supplies, Golden Grove
Hardware Garden Centre of the Year
Barrow & Bench Mitre 10, Malvern
Production Nursery of the Year
Poplar Grove Wholesale Nursery,
Allied Trader of the Year
Brunnings Garden Products
SA Young Leader of the Year
Hayley Whitehorn from Poplar Grove
Apprentice/Trainee of the Year
Sam Bykow from Newman’s Garden Centre, Tea Tree Gully
Rocky Point Mulching awarded
Farmer of the Year
The Keith family who are cane farmers and own Queensland-based
sugarcane mulch producer, Rocky Point Mulching, were given the award as
Farmer of the Year. The announcement was made at Parliament House in
Canberra in November. The company wants to position itself as a leader in
sustainable practices with its focus on sustainability, renewable resources and
Starting out as humble sugarcane farmers in 1949, the Keith family’s
diversified farming practices include the production of organic, recycled
garden mulch. Today 13 members of the family work in the business.
Bagging sugarcane as mulch has replaced the previous practice of burning
the leaf. Mulching the leaf reduces the impact on the environment and
increases the value of the crop, which benefits local cane growers in the
northern Gold Coast, northern New South Wales and in the Bundaberg/Isis
region. It adds significantly to the viability of the sugarcane farming industry,
with more than a million bags of mulch produced and sold annually.
The Australian Farmer of the Year award recognises the farmer who has
stood above their peers in the field of agriculture. The Australian Farmer of the
Year is awarded to those farming individuals and families who demonstrate
innovation, professionalism and a determination to succeed and they show a
strong contribution to the overall success of agriculture in Australia.
Daniel and Erica Bartsch, Barossa Nursery.
HayleyWhitehorn, Garden Grove.
The extended Keith family from Rocky Point Mulching in Queensland with the Farmer of theYear award.