Topaz Gold Ginger and Tumeric

Possibly the most isolated farm that we visited on the field trip – isolated in terms of its distance from where other fruit cartons are located on the Cartonograph – was Topaz Gold, Cloudforest Organic Ginger and Tumeric. It was a grey and drizzly day up on the Atherton tablelands turning to mist as Ciara and I snaked our way through the rainforest towards Topaz, becoming more cloudforest-like the closer we got to the farm.

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Darven Exotic Fruit, Innisfail FNQ

Prior to the 2018 Field Trip I was contacted by Craig Darveniza by phone after he had seen an article in a horticultural magazine about the project. En route to Innisfail from Cairns I called him and asked to come and visit, but it was unfortunate timing as the Great Wheelbarrow Race – a three day event involving teams of runners pushing a wheelbarrow 140kms between Chillagoe and Mareeba –  was about to commence and he was going up to the tablelands for pre-race preparations. His brother, Hayden was around though and so I arranged to meet him shortly after our phone call.

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Peter’s Organic Bananas

On the penultimate day of the Field Trip we travelled south from Cairns towards Cardwell and stopped into Peter’s Organic Bananas, located in Upper Murray, near Murray Falls. I was in contact with the farm about a year ago prior to the presentation of a selection of cartons at the Museum of Brisbane (September 2017). They enthusiastically responded, to the extent that I received an unused carton for the installation, which was posted directly to the Museum to replace the beaten up version I had.

Above: Audio interview of Tim and Beryl from Peter’s Organic Bananas. 

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