Kadwell Potato Co – NSW
Fourth-generation potato farmer Garry Kadwell operates a 700 hectare property in Crookwell that is a model for the integration of conservation and farm management. By dedicating 32 percent of his property to conservation areas or ecological zones, Garry has increased productivity across the board, producing an average of 2000 tons of seed potato and 1800 prime lambs annually. Integrated pest management on Garry’s property has dramatically reduced the need for chemical applications and recreated an extensive natural wetland. Fencing off remnant vegetation and planting additional shelterbelts have also assisted the preservation of this area. Garry has secured a consistent water supply and drought-proofed the property, making it a fully functional wetlands and wildlife breeding area, as well as ensuring the farm’s irrigation into the future.