MATT da SILVA

Journalism portfolio

 

My news stories, feature articles and opinion pieces have appeared in a range of niche, industry and general interest publications. Refresh the page for a different selection of stories.

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Australian Farm Journal, a Rural Press publication, was the nation's farm business magazine. The final issue was published in June 2012.

February 2012

Cost still an issue, but interest in biochar for soil health grows

This month Matthew da Silva talks with three Australian biochar suppliers, focusing especially on their target markets and the marketing strategies they employ.

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Good Fruit and Vegetables is a publication of Rural Press, Australia's largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information.

April 2012

Health scare hits markets

Based in inner-north Melbourne's Brunswisk East, CERES is a popular not-for-profit environment education centre and public farm that hosts farmers' markets and sells weekly fruit and vegetable boxes to locals.

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Anthill magazine was launched in 2003 to cater for demand for entertaining business news.

May 2010

If the shoe fits: the precarious world of the online custom cobbler

It is not every day that a blokey developer quits his day job to sell custom-designed shoes online. In fact, such a move might seem like entrepreneurial madness. Matthew da Silva talks to Mike Knapp, co-founder of Shoes of Prey.

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Good Fruit and Vegetables is a publication of Rural Press, Australia's largest publisher of regional and agricultural news and information.

October 2010

On scent of success

Vanillin is the major component of the vanilla bean, a tropical orchid native to Mexico. Australia imports almost all its cured vanilla, but a local project aims to grow vanilla beans and tailor them for different markets. Matthew da Silva reports.

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The National Times was relaunched in 2009 and features analysis, commentary and opinion from Fairfax Media's established print and online mastheads.

April 2010

Lest we forget about indigenous disadvantage

It's ANZAC Day, but where is the remembrance for the indigenous fallen?

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