EX-FINGAL bioscientist Leyland Minter is a modern day Jack-in-the-beanstalk growing giant vegetables using his own magic formula.
He grows turnips over a kilo, snow peas plants to 2.5m and corn to 3.5m.
And they're all 100% organic.
Leyland says, "It goes back 40 years to when I was a boy wandering Fingal Beach, bucket in hand collecting seaweed for mum's garden.
"Surfing the northern beaches I often saw huge kelp, and wondered how it could grow so big when there was no root system like other normal plants."
Now he knows, because he has spent 40 years researching how to extract the minerals from the sea - he calls them super minerals.
Our coasts are clean and rich in minerals. Some are super conductors and when they are drenched and sprayed with his Sea Energy, the results are consistent.
What's more, the ingredients come from the Tweed.
Mr Minter says, "It ticks all the boxes, including soil enrichment, pesticide and is fungus resistant with increased predictable yields.
"Sceptics will question the costs," Mr Minter says.
The best part is that it's economical.
Mr Minter is a graduate of University of New England and has studied at Cambridge University UK and Stanford Uni- versity in USA while working in Silicon Valley.
His studies and research into tropical agriculture, have taken him to New Guinea, South East Asia, India, Kenya, and Tanzania where he researched tea and coffee, and other tropical crops.
Now his own coffee plantation at Ewingsdale is winning international awards.
"My coffee that grows here is one of the two best in the world. I'm still looking for the other."
Leyland founded the first R&D company in Australia and NZ, naming it Organic Crop Protection.
Today the demand for sustainable products and environmental farming practices is worldwide.
Lands are becoming less productive, increasing populations put pressure on available land taken for housing. There's potential for a worldwide epidemic of starvation.
Leyland Minter's sea energy has amazing potential.
Not bad for a farm boy from Lismore/Fingal Head.
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