Hoods Earth in limestone coast regional awards

FINALISTS: Bill and Sally Hood.
FINALISTS: Bill and Sally Hood.

The Tatiara is lucky to have another Limestone Coast Regional Awards finalist among us.

Hoods Earth, a family business from Keith are among the10 finalists, along with Bordertown’s due Fat Mango. 

Finalists of the 2016 South Australian Regional Awards in the Limestone Coast are being congratulated ahead of the tonight’s ceremony, which celebrates significant contributions to regional South Australia.

The Limestone Coast awards will take place at The Barn in Mount Gambier, with 10 regional finalists showcased ahead of the People’s Choice Award, Mayor’s Award and Sponsor’s Award recipients being announced.

Award winners have been determined via a public vote of the top 25 shortlist for each region, with stories of those nominated shared on the Inside South Australia website.

The 2016 South Australian Regional Awards have been coordinated by Brand South Australia.

Celebration evenings have already been held for the Central, Eyre Peninsula and Outback regions. The Murraylands and Riverland celebration evening will be held on Friday 14 October and the Southern and Hills event will be held on Tuesday 18 October.

The Awards recognise individuals, groups and businesses that have made significant contributions to regional South Australia.

Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is the major partner of the 2016 awards program.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher said “I would like to congratulate the finalists of tonight’s Regional Awards for the Limestone Coast, who can be proud of their incredible contribution to the community.

“Growing up in Mt Gambier I have huge admiration for the innovation, creativity and drive displayed by both locals and businesses throughout the region.

“This year’s program has unearthed some fantastic stories that have really captured the success of regional South Australia, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to celebrate the people and business that make this region great.”

The Hood family were traditional beef cattle farmers, at Keith, in the South East of South Australia. After travelling extensively last year they realized that the food on offer didn’t taste the same as what they grew at home.

Hoods earth produce is an honest transparent brand supplying consumers with free range, grass fed and paddock farmed produce.

Their eggs come from pastured animals that are raised in paddocks and have more than just freedom from confinement.

At Hood Earth, they get to express their natural instincts like scratching, digging and dust bathing.

They manage well pastured systems which are much kinder to the environment.

Manure is treated as a valuable asset rather than a waste.

By rotating the animals over fresh soils and pastures daily the chicken manure enriches the soil rather than poisoning it.

Making pasture available requires good management, low stocking rates, sustainable farming practices and movable housing.

Overcrowded industrial free range production cannot deliver pastured eggs because the massive stocking rates denude the land with the high concentration of hens.

To read more about Tatiara’s other finalists, click here