DARYL Wilson is flourishing farmer and businessman who took his knowledge of the land and turned it into coin.
Daryl is a Rockhampton produce grower who owns a hydroponic lettuce farm with his family, and supplies local supermarkets, cafes and restaurants.
It's no easy feat, but with a knack for growing fresh produce, including papaw and squash back in 1991, it is no wonder he decided to get on the bandwagon to sell lettuce in what is a competitive industry.
His family - himself, brothers and parents - first started in the growing business back in 1991, when they bought a piece of land at Nankin, between Rockhampton and Emu Park.
They started out selling squash, papaw and other produce until the early 2000s, when the region was hit by drought and feral pigs threatened their crops.
After a close examination of their circumstances, the family decided to turn to hydroponics to grow their crops, which include most varieties of lettuce including oakley, cos, and herbs.
His family has turned that small piece of land into a 200ha business. Now Daryl, a third generation grower, says he is a major supplier to Rockhampton's Coles and Woolworths.
"We have seven employees, including our six family members - the business is going great," he said.
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