Grange Garlic and Sustainable On-farm Practices
LINKING THE WORLDS OF HORTICULTURE AND FOOD PROCESSING
We are a vertically integrated business, linking the worlds of horticulture and food processing to create a proudly 100% Australian garlic product.
One example of a fantastic end to end product we have available to us is salvaged timber that is then made into our drying boxes, all milled and made here on the farm.
HOW OUR WOODEN DRYING BINS COME TO BE
Wayne and his crew are qualified and experienced in milling salvaged trees that are deemed at the end of their life such as dead or dangerous trees. They mill the trees on-farm to our specifications to make the wooden drying bins that our garlic is then stored in during the drying process.
We collect usable farm trees that are being removed because of end of life, we then mill and manufacture garlic storage bins from this waste product because it is a sensational resources that is otherwise unused. We use our company skills and equipment to do this, helping employment and manufacturing opportunities.
Pallets and skids are then also made for the purpose of our freight logistics.
The sawdust from the milling process is also used as a rich organic compost for our soils to grow our crops, effectively creating a carbon bank which is fundamental to real-time carbon capture.
HOW DOES THIS FIT IN WITH GARLIC GROWING YOU ASK?
Well, our company vision statement is healthy soils, healthy plants and healthy food. This vision has to influence our entire operation - including making our drying bins.
- healthy soils are aided by the composting from the sawdust
- healthy plants are achieved through the healthy soils
- healthy food is grown and the produce cared for from start to finish, including the time spent in the drying bins, before it is processed into our delicious fresh minced garlic
Sustainability continues to be a focus for us and this process of using salvaged timber is just one way we are implementing good on-farm practices so that nothing goes to waste.