ABOUT US - Clem & Vanessa Cox
and Vanessa’s story is one of passion, patience, and endeavour.
In 1997, they were sold 200 hazelnut nursery plants, a large
hazelnut cracking machine and the dream of building a hazelnut
industry. Their first nursery was on friend’s farm at
Budgee Budgee, near Mudgee.
Until the trees sold to their first growers began bearing, the
Coxes purchased a wide range of hazelnut varieties from Australian
growers. They sold value-added kernel at farmers' markets, gleaning
valuable information on the unique flavour and cracking performance
of different varieties, and consumer acceptance.
2002, they collaborated with Australian hazelnut researchers: cracking
hazelnuts grown in five trials to provide data for the Hazelnut
Market Assessment Study.
By 2004, they were convinced the Australian selection, Tokolyi Brownfield
Cosford (TBC for short) was the variety to hang their hats on. During
that winter, Vanessa conducted pollination trials to confirm the
compatibility of two other Australian varieties – Turkish
Cosford and Paskas Late. In 2005, they expanded the nursery, relocating
it to 6 hectares of river-flats on the edge of the Mudgee township.
In 2007, they sold their historic home and moved onto the property,
building a purpose designed shed for receiving, storing and processing
the hazelnuts now coming from their growers. They planted their
own 3000 tree grove of Tokolyi Brownfield Cosford in 2007 and 2008.
Pursuit of the vision has taken the Coxes to hazelnut and other
nut farms; processing sheds; and research stations across NSW, in
Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria; and overseas to UK, Spain and
Vanessa is the current President of Hazelnut Growers of Australia
Inc (HGA), and its delegate on the Australian Nut Industry Council.
Sydney Morning Herald's article on Clem & Vanessa