If farm safety is something you keep meaning to get around to you should read this.
Not only will proper work safety practices help to prevent a disaster on your farm, Australian work health safety laws require you to have them, and non-compliance can result in hefty fines.
With the Riverland on the verge of being recognised for its true value to Australian wine, there’s never been a better time to step out of the region and into international markets.
This is the age of ‘enticement’. Wine Australia, in collaboration with State governments, industry bodies like SAWIA, tourism commissions and our own Riverland members have come together to co-fund an Australian Wine promotion like no other.
Following several successful joint ventures with Riverland Wine, Adelaide University has offered to bring a small bus-load of scientists (nine) and engineers (nerds) to work with 10 of the our most creative growers (thinkers) in an exercise to prove there are no boundaries for this region’s wine growers in terms of transitioning to precision viticulture or ‘hands-free hectares’.
Last year as we crept into winter, Riverland Wine fielded a number of calls from members looking for hand pruners. A few old gems were discovered and they re-visited ‘the good old days’ of fresh mornings, crystal clear warm days, bird calls rarely heard from the tractor seat and the peaceful rhythm of snip, snip, snip. No phones, no ding-ding emails, no meetings just the incredible sense of satisfaction from working with the beautiful vines, tidying them up, preparing them for the next growing season.
Jo delighted some interstate visitors by taking them along to Magic on the Murray at Whistling Kite’s Cellar Door last Saturday.
Her guests from Canberra experienced the Riverland at its best - relaxing in the glorious sun on the Whistling Kite lawn, enjoying local produce and wine to live music from Terril while overlooking an amazing river view. They were particularly interested to learn about Whistling Kite’s Biodynamic farming practices that embrace the concept of true sustainability, and sample some of their award winning wines.
Following his presentation at the recent Breakfast Meetings, Jonathan Chee of Energy Action has already gathered over 200 Riverland Wine members who want to join a group-procurement process for the supply of their electricity, to save money on their energy costs.