Mary Valley Flavours
Monday 2 May 2005 9.00am to 2.00pm $45
Visit three local businesses, culminating in a sumptuous lunch (with liqueur tastings) using organic foods, wildfoods and red claw crayfish.
The main economy of Conondale in the Mary Valley was once dairy farming and timber. Today's economy has diversified and includes some sustainable agriculture pursuits alongside some tourist features such as the area's national parks and the tranquil tributaries of the Mary River.
This Mary Valley Flavours tour will visit three local businesses, culminating in a sumptuous lunch (with liqueur tastings) using organic foods, wildfoods and red claw crayfish.
Kookaburra Organics in Conondale is certified with Organic Growers Australia Inc and supplies a range of vegetables to Maleny IGA and some Sunshine Coast restaurants, as well as an organic food distributor.
Over the past two years they have made substantial riparian plantings of 3000 trees on their Kilcoy Creek property in the Mary River Catchment. They have planted a further 2500 trees with support from Caloundra City Council. They apply permaculture design principles on their property. As part of self-sustainability they have installed a large stand alone solar system 24 panels (160watt) which is one of the largest on the coast.
Some of their trees are harvested as bushfoods ingredients for the production of Rainforest Liqueurs.
In Conondale township, Mary Downs Crayfish has made a successful transition from traditional dairy farming of Friesians to red claw crayfish aquaculture farming. The red claw crayfish, native to remote northwest Queensland and pockets of Northern Territory, has been promoted as diversification option farmers. It is just one of 120 indigenous species but one of the few suitable to aquaculture One key to success is sufficient access to water eg with irrigation licences. Mary Downs Crayfish has 11 ponds, with about 30,000 crayfish.
The industry produced just over 86 tonnes of red claw in 2002, almost all of it sold in Queensland. With further industry growth, a live crayfish export market is emerging.
John King of Rainforest Liqueurs in Conondale has pioneered production of fine liqueurs made from Australian wildfoods. You can taste and try the liqueurs made from fruit, flowers and foliage of some of the world's rarest food plants. Ingredients are gathered from each plant according to its seasonal availability.
Kandertal (Desert Lime), wild raspberry, native Anisata leaf and Cooloon (Blue Quandong) are a few of the sixteen varieties which John has successfully developed. Talk with John if you are interested in growing Australian indigenous plants for wild foods, as demand at present exceeds supply.
For EcoTour bookings or for further information about the Maleny Wood Expo 2005, contact the Wood Expo office on (07) 5429 6566, email email@example.com or visit our web-site www.malenywoodexpo.com
Maleny Wood Expo 2005 Eco Tour Program
Tour Guide :||: EcoHousing :||: EcoGardening :||: Off-Beat Rainforest Tour
Farm Fresh Organics :||: Mary Valley Flavours :||: Café Latte :||: Farm Forestry
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