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Nathan Free

Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner

Nathan Free, from Lake Boga in Victoria, received 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 studied 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 intended to identify which varieties of vegetables are working well using organic production methods on an international scale.

“In addition, I hoped 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 traveled to the USA and UK.

Location: Lake Boga, Victoria
Scholarship report: click here
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