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EAGULL Droppings gallery
in Normanville is where
local decor artist Andrew
Munn (pictured), famous for cre-
ating wooden seagulls on sticks
in the 1980s, displays his
current wares and art-
Andrew's love for the sea
and fascination with circus
life is a common theme in his
work and he is well-known for
his use of natural driftwood in
the creation of furniture and dec-
Andrew and his wife Maggie
run Seagull Droppings, which dis-
plays the work of several local
artists and sells a range of
Australian-made art, crafts and
gifts. Patrons can also enjoy coffee
and light snacks in the outdoor
The gallery is home to a range
of locally-made pottery, ceramics,
paintings, woodwork, jewellery
and indigenous art and will be
part of the Totally Local Art exhi-
bition trail at this year's Leafy Sea
Andrew has been an artist all
his life, working in many fields
including fashion design and
DAVE and Mandy DeCaux's background in
broadacre farming on Eyre Peninsula has
enabled them to adapt quickly to small-scale
production at Wattle Flat where the couple
grow vegetables and produce prime lambs.
The 32-hectare property they bought had a
good water supply and established greenhouse
and the DeCauxs set about determining which
crops would deliver the best returns.
"At the time, most of the garlic being sold in
Australia was grown overseas, so we thought
there would definitely be a niche market if we
could produce Australian-grown garlic," Dave
Australian White and Oriental Purple garlic
are now grown on the property and are the
main crops along with asparagus and toma-
The DeCauxs sell all of their produce
through the Jetty Food Store at nearby
Normanville, which includes basil, cucumbers,
carrots, radishes, onions, zucchinis and rock-
Dave and Mandy are guided by the store as
to what is in demand, and grow predominantly
heritage-style vegetables. The property is not
certified organic but follows organic principles
in its production.
Dave works a five-day week in Adelaide,
leaving Mandy to pick and deliver produce
during the week. He said that not having to
worry about marketing was a huge advantage
to the business, and selling through a retailer
like the Jetty Food Store gave them more time
to concentrate on production.
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Organic producer supplies growing demand
Local art reflects sea and circus
Artist Andrew Munn is well-known for his use of natural driftwood.
antiques. He is most renowned for
his sculptures, but also does
paintings and carvings and is a
consultant in signage, interior
design and decor.
Seagull Droppings is located on
the corner of Main South Road
and Hay Flat Road in Normanville
and is open every day of the week
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Vegetables are grown using organic principles.
Ashley Edwards and his partner, Cassie O'Leary of Ash's Organics.
DELAMERE vegetable grower Ashley
Edwards runs one of the first proper-
ties to ever be certified by the
National Association of Sustainable
Agriculture Australia -- one of the
nation's leading organic certifiers.
Working on the property with his
father Mel from the age of 15, Ashley
recently took over the business with
his partner Cassie O'Leary, renaming
it Ash's Organics.
Ashley says there is a huge market
for certified organic produce, partic-
ularly on the eastern seaboard where
he sells to Sydney, Brisbane and
The business also supplies
Adelaide wholesalers and large
organic retailers. Produce is available
locally at the Jetty Food Store in
Normanville and the Delamere Store.
Twenty hectares is planted to veg-
etables and fruit, with the main crops
being celery -- about 20,000 plants a
year -- and Roma tomatoes. This year,
Ashley and Cassie are also growing
strawberries, beetroot, silverbeet,
zucchini, eggplant and capsicum.
Supplying the niche organics mar-
ket has enabled the Edwards to
maintain the viability of their small
farming operation and they are able
to sell everything they produce.
Now retired from farming, Mel is
pursuing the commercial develop-
ment of an organic liquid fertiliser,
marketed as Wormiboost. The prod-
uct has been several years in the
making and is used extensively on
the family farm.
At Ash's Organics, crops are hand-
planted, weeded and picked. Worm
castings are produced on-site and
incorporated back into the soil as fer-
A glasshouse has recently been
established to facilitate the raising of
seedlings on-farm and crops are
watered from a spring-fed dam on
• Need to know more?
Ashley Edwards 0439 047 336
"No Service Costs"
FREECALL 1800 633 995
9 Drury Terrace, Clovelly Park SA 5042
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