Go behind the gates of Australia's primary producers with a new photographic book series

Farm life: Alice Mabin will be at newsXpress Mittagong this Saturday, August 18 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Photos: Alice Mabin.
Farm life: Alice Mabin will be at newsXpress Mittagong this Saturday, August 18 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Photos: Alice Mabin.

Alice Mabin spent the past year digging into the lives of Australia’s primary producers.

"If there is a farm turning a dollar, I've covered it. Cattle, sheep, pearl farming, marijuana, you name it, I've seen it," she said. 

Venturing behind the gates of 551 properties, Mabin created The Grower, a two-part photo book series that looks at the beauty and the hardship of regional Australia. 

“In this region – Southern Highlands, Illawarra and Southern Tablelands –  most farms are boutique operations. But that in no way reflects the size of their passion and dedication,” Mabin said.

“Whether it’s Pecora Dairy in Robertson, Maple Ridge goat dairy in Falls Creek, or Pelican Station and Marianvale Blue in Goulburn, these guys are dedicated to their amazing produce and their entrepreneurial spirit is what gets them on the market.”

Australia’s environment and climate are among the most challenging on Earth for food production. For that reason, Mabin said Australian farmers lead the world in conservation methods.

“Marianvale Blue use a recirculated aquaculture system that ensures their water usage and volume of waste is kept to an absolute minimum. They have pioneered sustainable fish farming,” she said.

“We’re one of the few countries left in the world that almost entirely feeds itself. Agriculture is a vibrant industry that many Australians have lost touch with. My books are about bridging that divide.”

newsXpress Mittagong will host Alice Mabin for a book signing this Saturday, August 18 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

To purchase The Grower online, go to: https://goto.almabin.com/grower-book-the-roots-of-australia 

$3 from every book sold will be donated to the ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign.

Pecora Dairy, Robertson. Photo: Alice Mabin

Pecora Dairy, Robertson. Photo: Alice Mabin

Marianvale Blue Murray Cod farm, Goulburn. Photo: Alice Mabin

Marianvale Blue Murray Cod farm, Goulburn. Photo: Alice Mabin

Pelican Station, Goulburn. Photo: Alice Mabin

Pelican Station, Goulburn. Photo: Alice Mabin

Maple Ridge Farm, Falls Creek, NSW. Photo: Alice Mabin

Maple Ridge Farm, Falls Creek, NSW. Photo: Alice Mabin