In the past week our Agricultural Science Programme has benefited from a commitment of $500 from Coochin Creek Co-op to assist with the establishment of a Fingerlime orchard. Furthermore, local Fingerlime farmers, Tracy and Gerard Mackle of Coonowrin Fingerlimes, have pledged to support the students in the planning and maintenance of the orchard.
Coochin Creek Co-op representative, Errol Graham, was set with the difficult task of selecting the enterprise to be supported from several presented to him by the GCCC Ag students. The students demonstrated an in-depth knowledge after thoroughly researching their chosen industries, including interviewing key stakeholders. Presentations included passionfruits, blueberries, cacao, dragon fruit and the ultimate winner, fingerlimes.
Taylah Holt selected fingerlimes as the new enterprise she would like to see established on the property due to their unusual appearance and novelty. The varieties “Pink Ice” and “Red Champagne” were Taylah’s favourites, and during her presentation she detailed the pros and cons for both varieties, pest and disease risks, profitability and possible marketing strategies for the future product.
Errol Graham was impressed by the students’ presentations and the educational value of the College’s agricultural plot.
It is inspirational to see how the local community are pulling together to ensure that the next generation has the opportunity to play a vital role in agriculture. Each and every bit of support towards the Agricultural Programme is so greatly appreciated. It is envisaged that the reward will be repaid tenfold when the next generation continues to provide using their agricultural understanding and knowledge.