Growing organic Australian flowers on the Sunshine Coast

Since 1996, Lodi and Yucca Pameijer have experimented with different Australian native and wildflower crops, farming methods, and processing systems to enable them to harvest the best flowers. Located near the town of Maleny on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, they started growing flowers conventionally until they came across a Sustainable Agriculture course in 2009. “We learned about the Nutri-Tech Solutions Sustainable Agriculture course, in which Nutrition Farming is taught, and decided to attend,” Lodi remembers.

Since converting to Nutrition Farming and growing their crops using more sustainable practices, Lodi and Yucca have noticed a pattern of rejuvenation amongst their plants, including their Christmas Bush, which has returned stronger and healthier than ever.

“Most of our Christmas Bush is 25 years old, and if we had continued farming the conventional way, they would have been long gone by now. Four years ago, a customer asked for certified organic Kangaroo Paws, so we decided to undergo the 3-year certification process," Yucca explained.

Their 8.5-acre property has rich clay loam volcanic soil, and they focus on growing certain species, such as:

Kangaroo Paw: a popular cut flower which, more recently, is also found in high-end cosmetics, being linked to skin regeneration, skin firmness, and brightness. Top of the Range Flowers grow Kangaroo Paw flowers mainly for the cosmetic industry and they are produced with the utmost respect for the environment. The long stems are individually selected, hand-cut, and cooled prior to further processing offsite.

Christmas Bush: a staple flower during the Christmas season in Australia. The plant begins with small white flowers in September, and once the bees have visited, the tiny petals close over the center of the flower and the bracts enlarge and turn red in the sunshine over a couple of months. The plants seem to be impacted by global warming as they have been flowering early in many recent years.

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