Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner
Nathan Free, from Lake Boga in Victoria, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Horticulture Australia Limited, using funds from the National Vegetable R&D Levy and matching funds from the Australian Government. Nathan will study variety selection and soil amendments during conversion from conventional to certified organic farming.
As managing director of Alkira Organics, Nathan is responsible for vegetable production, packaging, marketing and dispatch at his family’s certified organic horticultural production business. The 350-hectare property comprises organic stone fruit and organic vegetables, including zucchini, melon, pumpkin, tomato, corn, broccoli and kale.
Nathan believes there is massive potential for the organic industry to develop, but the more demanding crops and the ability to achieve higher yields is holding the industry back.
“I intend to identify which varieties of vegetables are working well using organic production methods on an international scale.
In addition, I hope to tap into knowledge around the world regarding soil amendments that can bridge the gap during the conversion to organic as well as building the organic matter in soils,” he says.
Nathan will travel to the USA and England.
Location: Lake Boga, Victoria
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