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Our Eco Growers

P Costi & Sons in conjunction with a group of our farmers have invested in a growing system that will ultimately help to improve our environment and build a sustainable fruit growing system for our future generations. Our farmers are committed to continue to grow their fruit in a way known as Natural Ecosystem farming. The farming practices implemented take care of our water, soil and air and ensure a healthy growing system for future farmers.

Meet our Growers

Michael Arnold - Pyap Produce

Michael ArnoldMichael Arnold - Pyap Produce

We grow our citrus in an ecologically friendly manner, to produce a healthy sustainable eco system in our orchards environment. This creates a more naturally healthy citrus eating experience.

Matthew & Sam Lloyd - LD Lloyd & Sons Pty Ltd

LloydMathew & Sam Lloyd – LD Lloyd & Sons Pty Ltd

LD Lloyd & Sons Pty Ltd is a third generation family owned & managed citrus farm established in 1953. Current management has been operating since 2004.

Sustainable farming has always been a cornerstone for the Lloyd family. Concern has been mounting for several years over the use of harmful agricultural sprays, we have been looking at ways to remove and reduce these, including the release of Aphyytis wasps to help contrl Red Scale.

We are delighted to be involved in the growing of Citrus under the Eco growing system

Mark McLean - Riverhaven Enterprises

LloydMark McLean - Riverhaven Enterprises

Our family has been farming near the River Murray for over 50 years. We have used environmentally sustainable farming practices to produce high quality food and produce.

We are happy to be involved with Eco-citrus farming because we want to provide customers with safe sustainably grown foods.

We enjoy a rich Mediterranean climate and healthy soils that are ideal for premium tasty food.

Peter Hill - Ridgehill Properties

LloydPeter Hill - Ridgehill Properties

My wife Michelle & I are deeply committed to looking after the land, environment and our community.

We have been farming now for over 25 years and understand the importance of working with nature and utilising the latest sustainable practices including the release of biological control agents to reduce the need for chemical sprays.

Not only does this ensure our family farm will be in a better condition for the next generation, but just as important our customers will always enjoy healthy great tasting citrus guaranteed, the way nature intended.

James and Simone Altmann - Belair Orchards

LloydJames and Simone Altmann - Belair Orchards

Belair Orchards has been operating under an environmental program since 1992. Owners James & Simone Altmann have set aside 20 hectares of undeveloped native vegetation that will stay as much as possible in its natural condition.

Most of this is comprised of Murray River Flood plain, and adjacent native Mallee scrub.  We are very aware of the biodiversity benefits that native vegetation provides our horticultural business.

We made a conscious decision right from the start to not use broad-spectrum or residually toxic insecticides or miticides in our fruit production.  This helps preserve naturally present beneficial species, and ensures our fruit is always safe to consume.

We encourage grasses and broadleaf herbage to grow in between the orchard rows and on the headlands to help build organic matter in our soils and protect against wind, water & traffic erosion. We do utilise a copper spray once a year for disease, suppression and use some weed sprays around sprinklers to maximise our water distribution. 

Fertilisers both natural and artificial are used, and applied when required in small amounts. This is done to reduce the possibility of excess nutrients in the ground water and to be ever vigilant in our protection of the nearby river.

Therefore we are not organic producers but have a very stable sustainable production model that is environmentally focussed. We believe we can continue to produce fruit & vegetables this way for an indefinite period into the future & maintain or improve the environment at the same time.

 

Darren Pfeiler - Jireh Citrus

LloydDarren Pfeiler - Jireh Citrus

We are a family farm and are keen to grow our fruit in a sustainable environmentally friendly manner.

Growing Eco-Citrus is picking the future for the environment and the next generation.

Darren Nairne - KE, RI & DJ Nairne

LloydDarren Nairne - KE, RI & DJ Nairne

The Nairne family has been producing citrus in the Riverland for about 30 years. Although we have always had the environment in mind when producing our fruit, we believe the Freshcare System will help us to focus on the health of our environment including the Majestic River Murray. This in turn will allow us to grow even better tasting fruit for you in a more balanced & sustainable way.

The aim of a family run farm in essence is to be sustainable and to leave the environment in a better condition than when you started working the land.

Steven Bye - Winkie Heights Pty Ltd

LloydSteven Bye, Farm Manager - Winkie Heights Pty Ltd

Winkie Heights Pty Ltd has converted its citrus and viticultural operations to Freshcare as a response to increasing consumer demand both throughout Australia and internationally. Our Manager, Mr Steven Bye, notes that approximately 10% of Australian horticultural product is now grown ecologically and he has noted that the percentage will certainly increase.

“Apart from the marketing advantages, there are benefits for Winkie Heights overall tree and orchard health as a consequence of adopting Freshcare protocol” Mr Bye said. Our packer, Venus Citrus , have always been the vanguard of marketing and packing innovation and they have provided great support for this change.

Peter Miller - PJ & SJ Miller Pty Ltd

LloydPeter Miller - PJ & SJ Miller Pty Ltd

We are second generation fruit growers committed to growing a high quality, nutritious fruit.  my father is an original solidier settler of Loxton District after WWll.  The care of this property has now been passed on to me, and we understand the importance of using a sustainable farming practice that growers fruit nature's way.  Our vision is to achieve this in a sustainable way, in conjuction with the environment, for the benefit of future generations to come.

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