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30 April, 2021

A sea of yellow brightens up Tolga

THE small town is Tolga is blooming with tourists after eight acres of sunflowers popped up on a Tate Road farm.


BY ELLIE FINK

THE small town is Tolga is blooming with tourists after eight acres of sunflowers popped up on a Tate Road farm.

Samantha Hunt and Anthony Trimarchi planted the Sunflowers on their property on February 2, which has since then expanded in size and beyond their expectations. 

Ms Hunt said that their newest attraction had many goals in mind including giving back to the people that saved her and her second child’s life.

“When I was having problems during my second pregnancy Ronald McDonald house took us in and it was the best experience, so we thought now was a time to give back,” she said.

“Every gold coin donation made from photos taken in the field go towards the Ronald McDonald Foundation and we have raised just under $500 so far.

“People have been donating more when taking their sunflowers away which is incredible, and we are working with the Ronald McDonald Foundation to get more promotional material.” 

Mr Trimarchi said the farm was also a way to rehabilitate after their corn crops were recently destroyed by armyworm. 

“All the locals know we struggled without corn crops after dealing the armyworm and this was a way to look at more options in farming,” he said. 

“The farm itself is 80 acres and we though the only thing that could really help is sunflowers. 

“It has helped get Tolga blooming after COVID pandemic with people from as far as Townsville and Port Douglas coming up.”

The Tolga Sunflower farm is opened on the weekends, weather permitting, with a gold coin donation for photos and picking the flowers. 

Be sure to tag the Tolga Sunflower Farm Facebook and Instagram Page on your snaps online.  

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