Announcements

Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Last commentsmore »

Top 5 - yesterday

  • No news has been published yesterday.

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »




Australia: Niche producer successful in herbs, edible flowers

Jan Vydra might run one of the fastest-growing businesses in Australian agriculture but until a few years ago he didn’t really call himself a farmer.

Now the 34-year-old in the bright green jacket covered with basil leaves, who co-founded Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs eight years ago, is proud to be described as a herb grower.

But Vydra is not just any young farmer starting out in business.

Since 2008, he and partner William Pham have taken their small business based in a dilapidated glasshouse on Melbourne’s southeastern fringe from producing 2000 bunches of basil a week to supplying up to 180,000 bunches of 60 varieties of herbs, micro- greens and edible flowers every week across Australia.

Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs is now a leading niche horticultural producer with $13 million turnover, a major Coles contract, 120 full-time employees, three farms filled with the latest in hydroponic greenhouse technology, and sales growth of 40-50 per cent a year.

Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs is currently building a new $1.1 million glasshouse featuring the latest technology in irrigation and movable herb-pot trays.

Micro-greens such as cresses and 34 other micro-green varieties make up a new part of the business, while experiments with chefs using 12 different edible flowers such as violas, marigolds and nasturtium are continuing.

Read more at The Australian

Publication date: 1/5/2017

 


 

Other news in this sector:

12/15/2017 Orchid farmer aims to put focus on Taiwan at expo
12/14/2017 NL: Kapiteyn plans for Purple Pride acreage expansion
12/14/2017 US: HRI announces Bryan A. Champion Scholarship recipient
12/13/2017 US (CA): Flower farms are open for business
12/13/2017 US: Busy times for Delaware's biggest poinsettia grower
12/12/2017 US (VA): A unique boarding program nurtures orchids back into bloom
12/11/2017 Colombian Minister of Agriculture meets with nursery growers
12/11/2017 UK: Bridge Farm Nurseries plans 30 hectare expansion
12/11/2017 "Working outdoors until the middle of December"
12/8/2017 US (VA): Orange County poinsettia growers provide over 1 million plants
12/8/2017 Kenya: Molo River Roses expands with garden type roses
12/8/2017 Netherlands: Christmas preparations at VIP roses
12/7/2017 Canada: "Traditional poinsettia remains the best seller"
12/7/2017 CAN (AB): Chamber of Commerce awards for greenhouse growers
12/6/2017 New Zealand: Carnation grower perfects the picking point
12/6/2017 Denmark: Orchid greenhouse to become 40,000 m2 MMJ facility
12/6/2017 Kenya: PJ Dave Group expands greenhouse acreage
12/6/2017 Christmas preparations at succulent grower Winco Holland
12/6/2017 Seasonal production from Italy
12/5/2017 Kenyan growers invest in environmentally friendly cultivation

 

Leave a comment: (max. 500 characters)

  1. All comments which are not related to the article contents will be removed.
  2. All comments with non-related commercial content, will be removed.
  3. All comments with offensive language, will be removed.




  Display email address

  new code