MC Farm’s Darren Long is a long-time cover crop advocate who has been involved in a Hort Innovation-funded project established to support Australian vegetable growers, to effectively use cover crops to boost soil health and reap productivity benefits.

For over 20 years, the Tasmanian potato grower has been involved in cover cropping and biofumigation, which is the use of specialised cover crops that are grown, mulched and incorporated into the soil prior to cropping.

Darren, who runs the family-owned operation in Sheffield on Tasmania’s north-west coast, has been hailed by others as a leader in this field.

Along with Dave Roberts-Thompson from Table Cape Tulip Farm, Darren successfully established Soil First Tasmania in 2016 to educate other growers about cover cropping and other innovative growing practices.

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