Farm Diversity

Farm diversification is an increasingly common practice all over the world. With increasing financial, environmental and market pressure, farm diversification offers farmers the opportunity to spread income risk and build resilience. 

Farm Diversity is an AgriFutures Australia initiative that allows farmers to search crop and animal production alternatives by type or location to discover what is best suited to their farm.

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Case Studies

Brian Ahmed case study

While the egg may have come first for Victorian farmer Brian Ahmed, what followed was far more diverse than simply chickens.

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Paul & Joan Trevethen case study

At first glance, the Trevethan family’s farm business at Howlong, in southern New South Wales, looks like a typical broad-acre cropping, wool and prime lamb enterprise.

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Bernard & Margaret Brain case study

The story of farming on Bernard and Margaret Brain’s property ‘Rotherwood’, at Ouse in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley, is one of constant evolution and refinement over more than half a century.

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Alpaca

Alpacas can be farmed for fibre, meat and leather but in Australia, are grown mainly for their fibre.

Anise Myrtle

Anise myrtle (Syzygium anisatum) is a native rainforest species that has leaves with strong liquorice and aniseed flavours.

Apples

Apples (Malus domestica) are one of the most widely grown tree fruits in the world.

Asian melons

Asian melons are members of the Cucurbitaceae family and are termed Asian melons as they are widely used in Asian cuisine. They originated from Indo-China and have spread throughout Asia

Avocado

The avocado (Persea americana) is a tree native to Mexico and Central America.

Azuki Beans

The azuki bean, also known as the adzuki bean or aduki bean, is widely grown throughout East Asia and the Himalayas for its small bean, approximately 5mm long. They are a short season, summer crop (120 days from growing to harvest) and can be double ...

Banksia

Banksia plants belong to a genus of around 170 species native to Australia.

Barley

Barley (Hordeum vulgare) is a widely grown and highly adaptable cereal crop that is grown predominantly for stockfeed and for malt for the brewing industry.

Barramundi (aquaculture)

Barramundi (Lates calcarifer) is considered an iconic fish of northern Australia. It is a large, majestic silver fish, which can grow to over one metre in length.

Beef cattle

Beef is the third most widely consumed meat in the world, after pork and poultry.

Beekeeping (honey bees)

Hone ybees are kept primarily for honey, bees wax, package bees and, increasingly, to provide pollination services for food and seed crops.

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon (Momordica charantia), also known as fu qua, ampalaya, bitter gourd, balsam pear and alligator pear, is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family.

Black tea

Tea is produced by harvesting the fresh shoots of the tea plant, an evergreen shrub or small tree, with dark green glossy leaves and small white flowers.

Blackwood

Blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) is a member of the wattle family.

Boronia oil

Boronia is a genus of small shrubs, with approximately 95 species and all but one are native to Australia.

Buffalo

The water buffalo has many uses and in Asia even though it is primarily a dairy animal, it is also an important source of meat, draft power and leather. The greatest numbers in the world reside in India, Pakistan and China.

Bush Tomato

Bush tomato (Solanum centrale) belongs to the Solanaceae family, which includes plants such as potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum and chilli.

Californian Redwood

Californian redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is the tallest tree species on Earth, growing to over 100 metres in height and about three metres in diameter.

Canola

Canola belongs to the botanical family Brassicaceae, which also includes mustard, turnip, wild radish, cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli.

Carob

The carob is a flowering evergreen tree cultivated mainly for its edible pods and seeds, but also grown as an ornamental garden specimen. Commonly known as St John’s bread or locust bean, it is a member of the legume family, although it does not fi...

Centipeda

Centipeda cunninghamii is a native Australian plant, found predominantly in south eastern Australia in moist but not flooded soils, near rivers and around wetlands and billabongs.

Cherries

Cherries are a fleshy stone fruit from plants of the genus Prunus. The main species cultivated for edible fruit are sweet or “wild” cherries, which the Australian industry is largely based on, and sour cherries

Chickpea

Chickpeas were one of the earliest cultivated legumes and have been growing in the Middle East for many thousands of years.

Chinese Jujube

The Chinese Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) is one of the most important fruit crops in China and has been consumed as a food and used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years.