Innovative baskets find foothold in premium oyster farming markets by Andrew Spence

OYSTER baskets that improve farming efficiency while growing a higher quality product are helping an Australian company penetrate international markets. (Text & Video) SEAPA has been making its innovative baskets in Adelaide, South Australia, since 1998 but has doubled its size in the past 12 months on the back of strong sales into the US and France. Originally designed for adjustable long line oyster farming, … Continue reading Innovative baskets find foothold in premium oyster farming markets by Andrew Spence

Whimsical Drink and Sports Pairings for the New Year

If you’re not quite sure what to change-up for the New Year, start with something simple like your favorite cocktail, brew or wine. Here are a few suggestions for sipping while watching your favorite sports –as well as some fun facts about practical jokes involving Tom Collins, ‘karate water’, and how alcohol affected Rupert Holmes’ music career. Everyone knows just how well a pint in … Continue reading Whimsical Drink and Sports Pairings for the New Year

Farm to Table: A True Story, Part II by Paul Rest

If you missed Part I, you can find it here. When I would visit my my mother’s mother, my grandmother, things were different from my home life. This is where I first really learned about farm to table, although it wasn’t exactly “farm” to table, it was more like “garden and hen-house in the back” to table. When the bank’s collapsed during the Great Depression, many people … Continue reading Farm to Table: A True Story, Part II by Paul Rest

Tiny city vineyard produces first wine from a botanic garden By Andrew Spence

WINES made from grapes harvested in a tiny vineyard within a city botanic garden will be launched in South Australia in September. Produced with the support of Jacob’s Creek winemakers, the limited edition wines are believed to be the world’s first wine produced solely from grapes grown within a botanic garden. The 1200 bottles of wine in two styles – a rose and a dry … Continue reading Tiny city vineyard produces first wine from a botanic garden By Andrew Spence

Creating Beer and Chocolate Believers by Ginger Johnson

“I used to be a beer racist, but you changed me.” – April A Ninkasi’s Believer Red has long been a beer that makes me smile. Yes, it’s delicious. More importantly I really like the philosophy around the name: Believer. We all want to believe in something and last night I made believers of new beer & chocolate tasters. April’s quote, my host of a … Continue reading Creating Beer and Chocolate Believers by Ginger Johnson

Bird’s-eye view of vine health by Andrew Spence

REMOTE sensors and aerial imagery are being used to maximize irrigation efficiencies in one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. The project in South Australia’s Coonawarra region aims to help viticulturists understand how remote-sensing technologies can rapidly identify canopy temperature, vine water stress and nutrient status issues. It used images taken by three cameras fitted to a fixed-wing Cessna aircraft as it flew about 300 … Continue reading Bird’s-eye view of vine health by Andrew Spence