Frank was interviewed on ABC radio interview this week on the Tasmanian Country Hour, about the opportunities for Tasmania following the IBI excursion to Kaindorf Austria

You can listen to the interview at the TAS Country Hour website

NOTE: The interview starts @ 19:48 min, after the “Canola for Jet fuel”.


Feedback from the interview

From Launceston:

Good thanks Frank. I heard the interview this morning. Sometimes there is a longer piece on the Country hour following. I will listen out for it.
It is good that you can bring such an example to us in Tassie. And good this has been now an experience over seven years.

Best Regards

From Victoria: 

“Hi Frank. Good to hear from you and thanks for thinking to send your interview to me. Of course I am interested as I am very keen that we find some Eko Regions Oz to follow Kaindorf’s leaf.”

From Riverside:

Hi Frank
Just heard you on the radio. Thought you got the message across really well. Let’s hope what the Europeans do is established here.
Bye for now E.

AND from West Australia:

“One thing you could say about Frank Strie is that he is an interesting character! This Tasmanian forester’s mind races with ideas about how to develop the biochar industry in Australia. Check out his Terra Preta Developments website , especially the blog on the Austrian Study Tour.
Biochar Network of WA Inc would like to bring Frank here to share his ideas.”

Tomato Paradise

Here is another ‘soil whispers’ video by Regina Dunst in her private garden, a visit to the most colorful & fruitful ‘Tomatenparadies’:


Text translated from the Sonnenerde website:

Tomato cultivation in a confined space – here you will get an insight into our private tomato paradise!

Finally tomatoes in abundance! There are around 6000 varieties – is not that incredible? Most people know only a few varieties of this huge variety! The fruits of the tomatoes can be as colorful as a flower meadow. Just lovely!!! If you want to pull tomatoes in a small space – like me – has the method that leaves you only one main drive, proven very! I can not confirm the claim that “earning” is expected to yield less. I have only had good experiences with it so far. Important to me is the “mulching” of the tomato. It saves a lot of water, Beikräuter be suppressed and the cabbage and brown rot has little chance to spread. Mulch becomes with our “Biofaser”. (Very nice to see on the video! ) In addition, I pour my tomatoes very sparingly, because they grow on our Riedlingsdorfer chernozem, which can very well save water! So, now let the tomatoes taste right!