Steven Norman

From vineyard to banana patch

Steve is supporting the NSW banana industry, working in the National Banana Development & Extension project with growers in the Tweed Valley, Coffs Harbour and Nambucca regions.

Steven’s experience in agriculture spans over a decade in several agricultural industries. Most of his experiences are in winemaking and vineyard production. His past work involved vineyard floor management, soil preservation, and viticultural techniques to produce unique flavour profiles.

Steven Norman
Sub-Tropical Horticulture Development Officer
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Wollongbar Primary Industries Institute

In 2021, Steven took up a position as an Extension Agronomist with Farmacist in conjunction with Queensland Farmers Federation. Based in Mackay, he assisted in research looking at alternate plant varieties within sugar cane fallow crops, multispecies interrow companion planting, and investigations into different ways to capture and measure sediment runoff.

Steven is passionate about horticulture and seeing solutions to problems being found.

‘I see myself continuing in a position where I can listen to growers, plan and collaborate with them to deliver solutions. My motivations will always be to improve social, economic and environmental aspects within my focused industries’. In his role Steven is also working with other industries in NSW including blueberries.

A focus will be understanding where the growers in NSW are having difficulties or better understanding their challenges’

Steven enjoys a good banana bread, and his favourite recipe includes maple syrup to give it that extra sweetness.