The greenhouses are an integral part of the farm - not only are they the bountiful source of our favourite summer veges (tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum, chillies, watermelon and more!), the large greenhouse is the home of our baby seedings before they are thrown out into the big wide world. And none of that would be a success without the capable hands of Matt. Not only does Matt manage to keep all those plants alive, which is no easy feat on those hot summer days when temperatures soar above 35 degrees in the tunnel houses (or, more aptly, hot houses!); he ensures all the seeds are sown for the crops to be planted over the following 2-3 months. The growing in the large greenhouse is rather involved, with multiple plantings occurring over the spring months, then endless pruning over summer, as well as releasing beneficial insects to control pest populations and feeding the plants with the aromatic fish fertiliser.
In addition to the multitude of jobs involved with keeping the greenhouse running full-steam, Matt is our microgreen man: sowing the trays of microgreens, managing their development so he can harvest them at the perfect stage of growth (so we can have our fancy sprouts that add a little spice to our meals!). We also rely on Matt to harvest all our salad mixes... is there anything the man doesn't do?!
Aside from spending his work days in a veritable sauna, Matt keeps himself very busy on his days off: managing his own little vege garden in town (putting into practice the theory leant from the BHU course he did a few years ago), along with spending time with his young family and shredding tracks on his mountain bike! When he rests and relaxes is unknown - maybe he just never stops!