Piñata Farms presents its podcast series, featuring the stories of the people who produce our fresh, flavoursome Honey Gold mangoes, Piñata pineapples, and Piñata strawberries - in their own words. New podcasts are aired regularly, so tune in for more.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
From robots picking fruit to driverless trucks and automated irrigation, technology offers exciting opportunities for the farmers of the future. Managing director Gavin Scurr explains.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
For next-generation pineapple farmers Ben Scurr and Kristy Jerome of Mareeba, there are no barriers to young people making a career of farming. The 20-year-olds share their insights.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Commercialising a new fruit variety can take up to six years, so it's important to tick all the boxes. None is more important than flavour. Managing director Gavin Scurr explains.
The Ideas People
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Farm inventions and innovations at Piñata are products of experience and the determination to be self-reliant. Maintenance manager Dean Lindsay makes it happen. Visit the workshop to hear how.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Australia's food safety standards are among the world's toughest. Step into Piñata's mango cool room to hear technical manager Richard Stephenson discuss how supermarket standards are met.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Did you know pineapples are flowers? That strawberries have around 200 seeds? Technical manager Richard Stephenson gives us the inside story on Piñata fruit.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Technical manager Richard Stephenson discusses the intricacies of Piñata's Workplace Health and Safety practices.
The Aussie Pineapple Pioneer
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
North Queensland operations manager Stephen Scurr discusses Queensland's iconic fruit and what it's like to pioneer pineapple production in uncharted territory.
The Melody of strawberry packing
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Packer Melody Shen takes you through the ins-and-outs of strawberry packing at Wamuran. With a personal record of 2500 punnets packed in a day, she's one of the best.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Take a stroll through the strawberry fields with two of our French backpackers, Maxim and Martin, to learn about the life of a strawberry picker.
Best of Season 3
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
We're celebrating the third season of the Piñata Podcast with this best of special, bringing you our favourite bits of the past season plus some never-before-heard audio.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Trek to the strawberry fields at Piñata Farms to hear Josh Iles talk about nurturing fruit and supervising workers, all part of his job as Piñata's Everywhere Man.
the long haul
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Fruithaul truck driver Bruce Haywood takes us from the transport company’s depot to the packing shed at Piñata Farms, explaining what it’s like to transport our fruit to market.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Wamuran farm founders, Geoff and Narelle Scurr, share how much it means to watch sons, Gavin and Stephen, follow in their footsteps.
The way we were
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Geoff and Narelle Scurr take us back to where the Piñata Farms' story began - and reveal just how much pineapple farming has changed.
The family business
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Key account manager Rebecca Scurr talks about working with family and being the fourth generation of the family business.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Quality Assurance manager Jenny Jewell talks about the steps she takes to ensure you get the perfect mango every time.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Admin officers Karen Brooker and Pollyanna Taniela are the first to greet visitors and callers to the Wamuran farm - join them as they explain the behind-the-scenes of Piñata Farms.
Paul 'Scissorhands' Matthews
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Take a tour of the mango orchard with picker Paul Matthews. Learn how to pick a mango (and avoid the sap!)
Best of season 2
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
We're celebrating the second season of the Piñata Podcast by bringing you our favourite bits of the past eight episodes, plus some never-before-heard audio. Enjoy!
The pine planter
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Join expert pineapple planter Richard Wells at Wamuran as he describes the process behind planting pines for harvest - and how this odd machine makes it all possible.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Mango grower liaison officer, Reannan Schultz, talks about the many different facets of farming - and why today's generation should consider it as a career.
Outback Car Trek
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Gavin Scurr tells us all about his adventures with the Outback Car Trek, raising funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Piñata Farms' managing director Gavin Scurr describes how water is critical to good farming practice - and how technology can help.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Quality Assurance manager Jenny Jewell explains the process behind choosing the very best pineapples for market.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Pull on the gloves and walk into the pineapple patch with picker Zac Austin, who shares the secret to picking the perfect pineapple.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Step inside the packing shed with Ann Bathis to hear about the art of packing pineapples and how to stay cool on a long, hot day.
The Best of Season 1
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
To celebrate the first season of the Piñata Podcast, we've compiled our favourite moments from the past nine episodes, mixed with funny out-takes and personal stories.
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Jump into the tractor hot seat with driver Martin French to hear about his unique perspective on the farm, helping prepare the ground for planting.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Stroll through our mango orchard with mango production manager Lindsay Hewitt and learn how we grow our delicious Honey Gold mangoes for summer.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
The busy Quality Assurance department is the last line of defence for fruit quality. Manager Jenny Jewell explains what goes into selecting the very best fruit for market.
sounds of the shed
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
His bright clothes and sunny disposition are a trademark of the noisy packing shed. Take a tour of the shed floor with jack-of-all-trades and colour fanatic Adam Mills.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Mowers, trucks, planters, harvesters, excavators or utes - hear how maintenance manager Dean Lindsay keeps machinery and equipment on all Piñata's farms in top shape.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Explore Wamuran's strawberry fields with strawberry farm manager Jason Dipple and hear how growing strawberries requires detailed planning and sheer hard work.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
A walk through the pineapple paddock with South Queensland pineapple farm manager Adrian Dipple is a rollicking experience of Australian farming life.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Step into Wamuran's productive packing shed with South Queensland operations manager Joe Schwarer to hear what goes into preparing strawberries for market.
Labour of Love
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Producing pineapples can be a hot and prickly business. Come behind the scenes with South Queensland production manager Tony French to hear what happens on the farm.