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David Groves – Tropical Fruit Farmer

David is heavily involved with his families tropical fruit farm in Queensland where they grow a wide variety of fruit, I think they have just about everything and a few varieties of each! David is also mad keen on native stingless bees and has quite a few natural logs that he’s rescued from surrounding farms and also has a few colonies in boxes. He’s purchased different designs over the years and is now making his own from local hardwood that he mills himself, 30mm to 50mm Blue Gum and Lemon Scented Gum and says they should outlast him.

Tim Heard and I had the pleasure of staying at the farm while attending a couple of Lychee Association events where Tim presented a pollination talk on pollination for Agrifutures Australia. David took us for a tour of the property showing us various aspects of the farm and It’s obvious he has a great passion for the land as he has a lot of projects on the go. Tim assisted David with a few splits as he’s trying to increase hive numbers to help with pollination on the farm.

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Below: Ian and Sandi (David’s parents) held a Lychee Association farm visit on their property. Ian (red shirt) talked to the group about the packing shed equipment and processes. Sandi (pink shirt) showed off one of the many log hive they have around the property.

Big thanks to Ian and Sandi of Groves Grown Tropical Fruit !


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