A FARM north of Perth has received a $200,000 grant to expand its organic vegetable production.
Gingin Organics in Neergabby was the first WA farm to receive funding through the Woolworths organic growth fund.
Led by Lynda and Noel Harding, the commercial-scale grower will use the grant to develop 6ha of organic farmland and upgrade its pack house over the next year.
The expansion will allow them to increase the variety of crops and an improved timeline for cropping on the farm – leading to quicker supply of organic vegetables to consumers.
“We’re passionate about supporting Australian consumers on their journey to buy and eat more certified organic food,” Ms Harding said.
“We have a reputation for quality and consistency of supply in varied vegetable lines, including challenging lines such as organic celery, that we want to build on.
“With the expansion of our farm, we’ll be able to grow more organic vegetable varieties and boost our supply to Woolworths customers year-round.
“We appreciate Woolworths’ belief in and commitment to our business and their efforts to support a sustainable market for our organic vegetables.”
Gingin Organics became a direct supplier of quality certified organic vegetables to the supermarket chain in July 2014, including carrots, broccoli, celery, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and lettuce varieties.
“We’re seeing double digit growth in customer demand for organic fruit and vegetables, and believe the trend will only continue over coming years,” head of produce Paul Turner said.
“We’re delighted to be working closely with farmers like Gingin to boost production and make organics much more accessible in WA.
“The Hardings have strong expansion plans and we’re excited to see what the organic growth fund grant will unlock for Gingin and our mutual customers.”
Farmers have until March 1 to apply for the third round of grants.