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Greenworld – Summer 2016-2017

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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,

Sellicks Beach

Allied Trader of the Year

Brunnings Garden Products

SA Young Leader of the Year

Hayley Whitehorn from Poplar Grove

Wholesale Nursery

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

recovery development.

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.