Posted on September 21, 2018September 24, 2018 by Lucas IhleinSEED 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 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. The Diranga Gangali Dancers led by Deb Netuschil. The Diranga Gangali Dancers. Appreciative audience for The Diranga Gangali Dancers. 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. 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. Simon Mattsson, Uncle Doug Mooney, Jemal Davis at the Beacon – 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 sugarcane with farmer Simon Mattsson at the Beacon 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 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. Michael Kane from Farmers for Climate Action (FCA) applying Munash Rock Dust to the freshly planted sugarcane billets. Cath Winzer cooking up Freckle Farm sausages for SEED AND SONG at the Beacon. Christene Sweet (right) catering with love for the punters at SEED AND SONG Sugarcane juice, fresh from Simon Mattsson’s farm, provided by Karl from Mackay Sugar Rush. Karl from Mackay Sugar Rush crushing fresh sugarcane juice for the thirsty planters at the Beacon. Freckle Farm Sausages, and coleslaw made with love by Christene Sweet, being served up at the Beacon. The Sakwolo Islander Dancers performing at SEED AND SONG. The Sakwolo Islander Dancers at Seed and Song. 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. Kim and Lucas perform The Planting Song with ukuleles. Photo by Michael Kane from Farmers for Climate Action. Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein – playing Kim’s The Planting Song at The Beacon. Cherrie Hughes and Simon Mattsson at SEED AND SONG. The crowd 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.