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Project Catalyst Forum a hit with growers and industry

Posted by Ellie McVeigh

Last week, the Project Catalyst Forum was held in Cairns. Project Catalyst aims to support innovative growers in the Wet Tropics, Burdekin, and Mackay Whitsundays regions. The project has a partnership with over 150 growers who are leading the way in cutting-edge management practices.

After a 1 year hiatus, the Forum returned in 2023 with a focus on growing ideas and advancing best practice. The forum featured grower guest speakers, as well as speakers from GBRF, the Reef Restoration Foundation, QLD Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), Cultivate Farms, Coca-Cola, and Evolution Industries. While, other presentations delivered by on-ground service providers, like HCPSL, highlighted Catalyst grower trials and projects.

HCPSL Extension Agronomists, Megan Zahmel and Bethany Donker lead Project Catalyst in the Herbert. Megan and Bethany along will Herbert Catalyst growers delivered an insightful presentation on current innovation trials in the Herbert. These Herbert trials have key focus on precision agriculture. Megan and Bethany discussed zonal imidacloprid, variable rate phosphorus and drone technology for mapping and monitoring weeds.

Above: HCPSL Extension Agronomists Bethany Bonker and Megan Zahmel
Above: Bethany Bonker and Megan Zahmel present at the 2023 Project Catalyst Forum in Cairns.

Ellie McVeigh, HCPSL Extension Agronomist and grower Hayden Di Bella discussed the Cultivate Farms project. Ellie presented on the project’s activities, challenges, barriers, and successes. While Hayden gave growers a unique insight into his experience in the project.

Above: HCPSL Extension Agronomist Ellie McVeigh, Herbert grower
Hayden Di Bella and Cultivate Farms founder Sam Marwood.

Day 2 of the Forum involved a field trip to the FNQ Food Incubator, Mt Uncle Distillery and Agave plantation, as well as North Qld Tropical Seeds.

The Project Catalyst Forum proved valuable for both growers and industry. The forum provided attendees with the opportunity to learn more about innovative practices, discuss industry issues, share ideas, and ask questions of their peers and industry experts. 

A digital copy of the 2023 Forum Magazine can be found on the Project Catalyst page of the HCPSL website:

CULTIVATE FARMS – Cultivator Investment Ready Program

Posted by Ellie McVeigh

Our friends at Cultivate Farms are changing the game for farmers ready to realise their farm ownership dreams. 

Now open for applications, the Cultivator Investment ready program gets farmers ownership and farm investment-ready. Participants will be resourced and coached to produce a farm pitch, with a financial modelling, a three-minute summary pitch video and the opportunity to pitch to the Cultivate Farm investor panel. 

Applications close 28 of April & for more information, visit

Cultivate farms aspiring farming family

Cultivate Farms Pitching Event – Queensland

Posted by Ellie McVeigh

Meet the best Queensland farmers pitching their farm enterprise to investors

Date & Time

Online event.

Thursday 3rd March 2022

9am to 12noon AEST

About this event

This event is for Queensland farm investors, regional community champions, aspiring farmers and retiring farmers.

Hear from aspiring Queensland farmers (recent Cultivator graduates). Each farmer has their farming enterprise ready to pitch. You’ll hear what the farmers have on offer for farm investors and have an opportunity to ask farmers questions about their pitch.

Like the high energy Shark Tank TV show, farmers will be pitching to a panel of farm investors! Farmers present their farming dreams to the world and unpack their farming enterprise and how investors will benefit from investing in them and their farms.

Sam Marwood, CEO and Co-founder of Cultivate Farms, is your Cultivator pitch host. Since 2016 he has been bringing aspiring farmers and investors together. He is reinventing the opportunities for aspiring farmers to assess capital and realise their farm ownership dreams.

Cultivator is the world’s first farmer accelerator program, giving farmers the know-how and confidence to partner with investors to secure capital for land ownership.

The farmers ready and raring to pitch are the fifth cohort of graduating Cultivators.

Get inspired about the future of Australian farming by registering for this unique online live event – meet Queensland’s best aspiring farmers and even consider backing one or two of them into ownership!

This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. They seek to test innovative solutions to complex problems to achieve an enduring improvement of land management practices and support the farming community within the Great Barrier Reef Catchment.

HCPSL Projects

Posted by Rusty

Our past and current project pages detail a range of works, research and other projects underway throughout the region in conjunction with some of Australia’s leading agricultural agencies. If you find a project that you’re interested in, please contact the HCPSL team – visit our team page for more information.