A Farmer Tells His Story
Demand for Frank’s Compost Makes Him Go Organic
This is a great story of a passion for farming, combined with
innovation and persistence. Not only has Frank reduced his input
costs but he has created a huge demand for his healthy produce.
It will encourage all farmers to find ways to thrive without the
inputs farmers are told that they must use.
Thanks to ORICoop for allowing us to film Frank’s story told at their recent AGM
So good to hear a positive story coming from a chemical farmer who has seen the light. I wish I was 20 years younger so that I could get back into bigger farming again. Now only farming 300 fruit trees, some chooks, some vegies and a few killers for ourselves and family and friends.
So hard to find a Farmer who has the intellegence to see that this way is productive and sustainable . Well done.
What do you use as your compost base? wood chips , green waste from local council or manure from piggeries or poultry farms.
Great story, here’s a fella who’s done it hard dealing with climate, banks,chemicals etc. and is coming out the other end the better for learning from his mistakes or what he believed to be right. That is inspiring and show’s that we should never give up.Good onya Frank.
Thanks Christopher for your comments.
Thanks a very inspiring story
Good on you Frank for having a go and showing that the system you have developed works. Why don’t we expand it nation wide. It will create jobs in the country if “composting farms “are developed.
A nation wide governmental and state policy should be in place were all organic compostable wastes generated from all towns and cities are composted and then returned to farming soils for free. (organic waste is a nutrient resource for the soil not a waste product for landfill) Why not have another curb side wheelie bin specifically to collect this type of waste.
The compost should be pelletised for stability which aids for easy transport and distribution. The pellet should be in a form that allows for spreading by machinery such as a super spreader or direct drilling when sowing crops or pasture renovation in place of fertiliser.
Its a win win situation for the farmer and environment were the expense of disposing of organic wastes into landfill (methane a greenhouse gas is generated from this waste when in land fill) becomes a payment to the farmer to take it away and compost it or the waste generator pays a company to compost and pelletise the waste for the farmer.
The pelletised compost is then returned to our farming soils which are then recharged with nutrients, carbon and biology reducing the cost of fertiliser which in turn leads to greater farm productivity and yields from our soils.
With our ever increasing population and the effects climate change is having on farm productivity and yields it is more important than ever to get this done as it will be a way to feed us all.
I really liked This Clip by Frank Karney he knows what he is talking about , and has been through rough times I wish him and his family all the best , I grew up on a farm and we used chemical fertilizers etc; my father when mixing “the stuff'” no gloves no mask no protection ( he died suddenly at 69 ) I have had my fair share of illness also, since 1969 I have had all organic vegetable garden ( I am 82 now ) if I was younger I would be on a farm and using compost like in my vegetable garden , I use lots compost , no chemicals at all ,the vegetables all taste so good , organic and lots of compost is the way to go, another thing I have not had any drugs since 1969 , only herbs and good home grown produce as much as possible , The farmers that use compost are on the correct track.
My hat off to Frank Harney. To hit your head against the wall so many times and find a way to keep going and do well, is really impressive.
Can’t help but like this guy. He makes a lot of sense.
What an interesting story. Change often comes by necessity rather than choice, and it appears you’ve made a great choice. 👍👍
What a fantastic story. Frank is so engaging and tells the two sides so well. Thanks!
Won’t it be amazing when more and more farmers have a paradigm shift like this man has. I see it was 2018 when this video was made. I would be interested to hear what has happened in the last three years.