More Technical Support for QLD & NSW Growers
Friday, November 30, 2018
Our capacity to support NSW and Qld growers with high quality monitoring and IPM advice has grown with the relocation of Jake Byrne to north-eastern New South Wales.
A qualified horticulturalist, Jake has been supporting our South Australian and Tasmanian clients for the past 5 years until his return to Tyalgum to be closer to family earlier this year. He now services clients growing a range of produce from strawberries and greenhouse crops, to edible flowers and wasabi.
“It’s really nice to do a job where you feel like you’re having a positive effect on an industry, environment and people,” Jake said. “I like visiting farms and hanging out with other people who love to grow things. It feels good when I can make an improvement for people who feel at a loss about what to do next when they are struggling to control pests.”
Jake currently works with crops including strawberries (Sunshine Coast, Stanthorpe), brassicas (Lockyer Valley, Stanthorpe), raspberries, blueberries and greenhouse veggies (Coffs Harbour, Newcastle) and tomatoes, cucumbers and capsicums (Bowen, Guyra, Sydney basin).
Time at Biological Services: 5 years
Training: Qualified Horticulturalist (2008)
Fun fact: Jake worked as a researcher, writer and hotline adviser for Graham Ross’s Sydney radio program and Garden Club Magazine before moving to Adelaide. His first role in SA was teaching primary school children to raise veggie gardens through the Stephanie Alexander program. He then joined Biological Services in Virginia SA, managing the consultancy team/office for two years prior to moving to NSW.
To speak with Jake about how incorporating beneficials can reduce reliance on chemicals, and help you achieve healthier and more reliable yields, contact Jake by email or call 0419 199123. For a consultant in other areas, email our office.