SEED AND SONG in pictures by Robert Bole

Here’s a set of fabulous photos by Robert Bole showing all the aspects of the SEED AND SONG Sugarcane and Sunflowers Planting Day at the Beacon.

uncle george and the diranga gangali dancers
Uncle George Tonga is escorted into the event by the Diranga Gangali Dancers, before giving the Welcome to Country. On the didgeridoo is Lyndon Francis, Deb Netuschil in the foreground.

 

diranga gangali dancers
The Diranga Gangali Dancers led by Deb Netuschil.

 

Diranga Gangali Dancers
The Diranga Gangali Dancers.

 

the crowd
Appreciative audience for The Diranga Gangali Dancers.

 

starrett vea vea
Starrett Vea Vea from MADASSIA talks about the role of South Sea Islanders in the sugar cane industry, and introduces Uncle Doug Mooney. Background: Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein.

 

Uncle Doug Mooney
Australian South Sea Islander elder Uncle Doug Mooney shares some stories of his time working in the sugarcane industry. Background – MADASSIA’s Starrett Vea Vea.

 

planting sugarcane
Simon Mattsson, Uncle Doug Mooney, Jemal Davis at the Beacon – planting sugarcane.

 

planting sugarcane
Jemal Davis and Uncle Doug Mooney feeding sticks of cane into the planter. Background: Uncle George Tonga follows along with a watering can of natural nitrogen fertiliser.

 

uncle doug mooney and kellie galletly planting cane
Uncle Doug Mooney and Kellie Galletly planting sugarcane with farmer Simon Mattsson at the Beacon

 

john sweet
John Sweet talks about “moisture, mulch and microbes” at the Beacon, with Kim Williams (left) and Lucas Ihlein. All three are sporting the SEED AND SONG t-shirts designed by Kim.

 

john sweet setting up info signs
John Sweet setting up information signs about the organic inputs – in this case Munash Rock Dust.

 

Artist Kim Williams and farmer Allan McLean rake soil over the planted cane billets
Artist Kim Williams and farmer Allan McLean rake soil over the planted cane billets.
michael kane applying rock dust
Michael Kane from Farmers for Climate Action (FCA) applying Munash Rock Dust to the freshly planted sugarcane billets.

 

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Cath Winzer cooking up Freckle Farm sausages for SEED AND SONG at the Beacon.

 

christene sweet at the beacon
Christene Sweet (right) catering with love for the punters at SEED AND SONG
sugarcane juice
Sugarcane juice, fresh from Simon Mattsson’s farm, provided by Karl from Mackay Sugar Rush.
mackay sugar rush
Karl from Mackay Sugar Rush crushing fresh sugarcane juice for the thirsty planters at the Beacon.

 

food at seed and song
Freckle Farm Sausages, and coleslaw made with love by Christene Sweet, being served up at the Beacon.

 

sakwolo islander dancers
The Sakwolo Islander Dancers performing at SEED AND SONG.

 

sakwolo islander dancers
The Sakwolo Islander Dancers at Seed and Song.

 

planting sunflower seeds
Planting sunflower seeds at the Beacon – from left: Farmer Michael Attard, Educator Kellie Galletly, Farmer Allan McLean, Cath Winzer, Starrett Vea Vea.

 

planting sunflower seeds at the beacon
Planting sunflower seeds at the Beacon.

 

planting sunflower seeds
Planting sunflower seeds at The Beacon.

 

kim and lucas perform The Planting Song
Kim and Lucas perform The Planting Song with ukuleles. Photo by Michael Kane from Farmers for Climate Action.

 

kim and lucas with ukuleles
Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein – playing Kim’s The Planting Song at The Beacon.

 

cherrie and simon
Cherrie Hughes and Simon Mattsson at SEED AND SONG.

 

everyone at seed and song
The crowd at SEED AND SONG.
A magical moment at SEED AND SONG
A magical moment at the end of SEED AND SONG with farmer Simon Mattsson, and artists Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein. Photo by Michael Kane from Farmers for Climate Action.

2 Replies to “SEED AND SONG in pictures by Robert Bole”

  1. A truly ‘ground breaking’ project. Vast! And also so impressive to bring together people who would have started with such diverse attitudes. I would love to be there.
    I hope and trust those sunflowers are in full bloom for the gala event.

    All the best!

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