Stephanie Corrigan Age 28, Clyde, VIC

Business Corrigan Produce Farms
Expertise Farming
Crop Focus Baby Cos, Celery, Kale, Leeks, Silverbeet, Celeriac, Pak Choy, Onions
Methods Integrated Pest Management
Favourite Beneficial Bug Lady Bugs - They're cute!

What is your current focus on the farm?
I am just about to start reviewing and hopefully changing some of our celery varieties and their planting time slots. Currently I’m trying to increase our planting teams efficiency and organization.

How do you feel about being nominated for the Young Grower of the Year award?
I was quite surprised as I didn’t feel I was dignified enough in the industry to receive any acknowledgement.

Why do you think it is important to honour young growers?
To motivate and encourage their future in the industry.

What are the major challenges for young growers?
For young farmers I think finding a work/life balance is going to be very important to help keep them on farm.

How are you implementing IPM on your farm?
We have implemented IPM for many years. We check our crops regularly and spray only when needed. We use chemical that are as IPM friendly as possible.

What’s your favourite beneficial bug? And why
Lady bugs - they are cute

Have you ever sought advice from an agronomist for your farm?
Yes, we have agronomist check our farm weekly.