Steven French

Steven’s photographs have been published in books and magazines throughout the world. In recent years he has had several solo exhibitions in Tasmanian and been part of group exhibitions on the mainland including having his work hung at the prestigious Menzies Gallery. Steven is also an award winning writer who has had stories and articles published worldwide and his book, Hand Made in Tasmania, was on the state’s best-seller list for several weeks.  Steven is also a former Editor of Tasmanian Life Magazine.

The Thin Edge of the Wedge has Arrived in Tasmania

The thin edge of the wedge has arrived in Whitemore, Tasmania. Got a letter in the mail the other day from the international seed company, Bejo, asking me not to save my own vegetable seeds – specifically beetroot and silver beet. What the shit? Bejo say that they are growing beetroots for seed somewhere in Tasmania – they say not where.

December 12, 2017


The importance of domestic animal diversity

For century upon century domestic animals have been bred with specialized traits suited to particular tasks or to live and prosper in specific climates or regions. Arguably these domesticated breeds are of significance equal to their brethren who live in the wild and just like their wild counterparts, many of the breeds are in danger of extinction. Indeed some breeds have already been lost.

October 10, 2011


When wind power works for people and production

Wind power isn’t only about industrial scale turbines. Restoring wind powered mills, like Callington Mill in Oatlands, Tasmania, offers a way to increase tourism, local food and local economies while creating jobs and building resilience. A win-win-win!

September 14, 2011


Is our future our past?

Non or low petroleum use farming is gaining traction as many growers and livestock managers look to sustainable farming solutions. Often we think horses will be the draft animals of choice in that scenario, if animals are used in a farm’s production. At least that’s the picture of the frontier in the popular imagination on which we base our notion. But Aussie farmer Steven French argues that it was actually oxen, a harder working, more docile and manageable animal that helped drive farming in the past. Now that peak oil is moving in to full swing, can we ramp up animal production and training in time for animal use once more?

August 9, 2011

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