DIGGING IN PODCAST: EPISODE 2
Stephen Mackay: Mackays Bananas
4 NOVEMBER 2020
In this episode we talk to Stephen Mackay about how the innovative enterprise evolved from a small farm cleared by hand in Mission Beach to Australia’s single largest banana farm.
The thriving multi-generational family business celebrates 75 years in business this year. They’ve worked hard at getting things right – in the business and the paddock.
Stephen Mackay talks about how coping with adversity and embracing sustainable change is key to success.
Ray Zamora is a leader in regenerative agriculture in the Tully district. His “outside the square” thinking and approach to farming has shaped the way he grows sugar cane.
Fiona was lucky enough to sit beside the cool flowing waters of Murray Falls to record this episode. “Murray Falls are the source of the Murray River and we farm on the Murray River flood plains. You can almost feel the energy in the water here,” Ray said.
Hear about Ray’s zero till planting regime, why he focuses on soil health and what drives him to try new things and “push the boundaries” of traditional farming.