Mypo’s vision for future of farming

INNOVATION: Organic garlic farmer Paul Cooper with his son Adam Cooper on their leased land in Mypolonga are bringing a new concept for profitable farming to the region. Photo: Emmalie Balnaves-Gale.
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Innovation is growing in the soil at Mypolonga asanother new vision for farming moves into the region.

In 2014, Corey Jones developed his Italian riverine buffalo dairy on the river flats and now another unique concept hascome to town.

Organic garlic farmerPaul Cooper brought his ideafor profitable farming to Mypolonga at a time of crisis for traditional beef and dairy farming.

Paul’s 10-year journey hadbeen solely conceptual until he purchased a block of dying land in the town at the end of 2015.

He chose Mypolonga based on the brewing potential he found in the area.

“I was an outsider here but I was inspired by people likethe Buffalo milk farmer and the Israeli couple growing pomegranates; there is just so much going here,” he said.

“Mypolonga also fits climate requirements with light sandy soils, cool winters, dry summers, and plenty of sunshine.”

With a strong belief in honestpractices, Paul began working full-time onhis certified organic enterprise in February.

Growing up in Kingston SE without a farming background, Paul entered the farming world with a fresh idea for his business plan.

“I researched for a long time and found garlic a profitable, viable option for the future domestic market,” he said.

“Australian farmers historically stick to what they’ve alwaysproduced and then find a market for it; I wanted a high priced product that the market needed.”

Thanks to a grant from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia (PIRSA), his business can grow rapidly.

The grant supplied Paul with European machinery to upscale his operation, allowing him to produce $3 million worth of garlic every year.

He believed the grant could fast forward his business by 5-10 years.

Since Paul pulled up at Mypolonga, two couples have also planted garlic crops on their land.

Paul said he could also use his machinery to maximise production for other local garlic growers.

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