The Kiwi Farms industry has grown tremendously in recent years and the growing demand for locally grown vegetables and fruits has brought on an explosion in the number of farms in Australia.
There are now over 700 Kiwi Farm operators in Australia, representing around 4,000 hectares of land.
“We are growing in such a rapid way that it is a real opportunity to expand your business,” said Chris Wilson, founder of Kiwi Farmers Australia.
“A lot of our growers have already got their head down and just doing the basics, which is making the food themselves and taking the time to make sure it is perfect and safe for the animals.”
That is where you get the big bang, and it is that sort of focus that we need.
“Mr Wilson is one of Australia’s top Kiwi farmers and has just finished a successful crop in Victoria, a state that is often seen as a regional hub for the industry.
He was also in New Zealand for the recent launch of his first Australian product, a Kiwi Grower’s Garden.
The Australian product is now available in NSW, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, with further expansion expected.
“So, I took it upon myself to find a small plot of land that was about 10,000sq km. “
When I started growing in New South Wales I was working in an old dairy farm in the middle of nowhere and I thought it would be great to grow my own food,” he said.
“So, I took it upon myself to find a small plot of land that was about 10,000sq km.
I did the soil tests and found that it was pretty good.
It is pretty close to where we live in the south of New South Africa.”
When I was about 18, I moved to the small village of Newstead and got my licence and started farming.
I had a great time growing the garden in the fields and got to know my local farmers and had a good relationship with the community.
“It just so happened that one of the first places I went to in Newstead was to meet a couple of the Kiwi farmer’s and the first thing they said to me was, ‘Well, you have got a fantastic job, you’re really happy, and your kids love your farm, so why don’t you come back to New Zealand?'”
Mr Wilson said the Kiwis are more than happy to take the opportunity to work on their own farms.
“They are so good at taking care of the environment.
They are so passionate about the environment and that is really what you need to have when you are growing a product in Australia.”
He said it was easy to see why Kiwis wanted to grow their own food.
“The farmers in New England are so much more interested in how they grow their food than they are about the environmental impact.
It makes sense for them to do that because they have so much to contribute.”
The Kiwes are not only growing their own vegetables, they are also working with the farms to provide training and equipment.
Mr Wilson says the Kiwes have a good understanding of the processes involved in growing their food.
He said the process was very similar to how farmers in the US, Canada and Europe grew their own crops.
The success of the Australian product in Victoria has been recognised with the New South Wollongong Farmers Association and Kiwi Farming New Zealand. “
That is exactly the same process that they do in New New Zealand.”
The success of the Australian product in Victoria has been recognised with the New South Wollongong Farmers Association and Kiwi Farming New Zealand.
“It is a huge deal for us, because we are seeing a significant increase in demand for the product,” said Paul Jones, the association’s director of communications.
“I think people are starting to realise that it can be a real option to grow food on your own and to grow a business in New West.”