WHAT was once covered by hundreds of gum trees was transformed into a successful avocado and persimmon farm at Palmtree.
Col and Glennys Seccombe have owned the 22.7ha (56 acre) property near Hampton since 1980.
They allowed more than 100 guests of the Hampton Winter Harvest Long Lunch on to their property on the weekend, creating a picturesque setting for the outdoor event.
While they have owned the farm for the past 36 years, they have only been living on it since 2001, having lived in Toowoomba and America first.
“I sort of set it up as a business when I was younger,” Mr Seccombe said.
“I used to be the manager at Pacific Seeds in Toowoomba and I ran that before I went to America to run a seed company there for five or six years.
“We had this as an investment. But we fell in love with it and turned it into our home and our life.”
The Seccombes produce on average about 75 tonnes of avocados per year and 25 tonnes of persimmons.
“Persimmons go into the Brisbane market and our avocados all go into the Sydney market,” Mr Seccombe said.
“We have a high quality avocado in this area, they are very good so we get a bit of a premium in the Sydney market.”
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