Monday 26th April, 2021 @ 5pm

Farming Together is excited to release our second podcast in the series, Quality Timber Traders members bound by passion for rainforest timbers.

Amanda Scott speaks to Martin Novak and Dr Joe Harvey-Jones, board members of Quality Timber Traders. They are an enthusiastic group growing native rainforest timbers that was formed through the Farming Together Program.

Martin and Joe talk about their decision to keep their motivated group of rainforest timber enthusiasts engaged through a more informal association, rather than forming a formal co-op or joint venture.

They talk about how sometimes the experts and solicitors don’t have all the answers, and how members worked together to produce the successful Woodfest event.

Topics covered:

  • Initially exploration of a joint venture model structure.
  • Working with solicitors.
  • Keeping people motivated, regardless of business structure.
  • Starting small and basing decisions on beliefs.
  • The success of the Woodfest event.

Listen to this episode and all others, externally through our Farming Together podcast channel. Be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts here.

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TRANSCRIPT: Quality Timber Traders members bound by passion for rainforest timbers


Martin Novak

Martin has had 35 years of experience in farming and farm forestry. For the past 25 years he has also worked as an educator and consultant in these fields, in Australia and Asia. In this role, he has been instrumental in managing and administrating a number of farm forestry projects funded by the Federal Government. He also owns and manages a macadamia and timber plantation family property. Pictured on the right in the cover page image.

Dr Joe Harvey-Jones

Joe lives on 90 acres in Eureka in northern NSW in the region formerly known as the Big Scrub. He has macadamias, and several plantings of Cabinet Timbers on his property, which were derived from seeds he collected, raised in a nursery, and planted in the 1990s. He completed a doctorate at Southern Cross University in 2006 based on his plantings, relating to water relations of transplanted seedlings.