Harvest Farms is part of the One Harvest group. A family owned business supplying salad vegetable based convenience foods to consumers nationally via the major multiple retailers. One harvest also exports products to Asia.
Harvest Farms was established in 2013. From November to May we produce 55 Tonnes per week of baby leaf salads. All produce is sent to One Harvest’s processing facilities on the East Coast of the Australian mainland by road and the Spirit of Tasmania ferry. Produce arrives at our sites typically with 24 to 36hrs of harvest. The operation employs 6 full time salaried staff year round and up to 12 seasonal casual staff during the production season.
Harvest Farms also host a demonstration site for the Soil Wealth and Integrated Crop Protection (ICP) project. This project provides research and development (R&D) extension services, products and communication on improved soil management and plant health to the Australian vegetable industry. This project has been funded by Hort Innovation using the vegetable research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture
The team at Harvest Farms use reduced tillage, controlled traffic and cover cropping to help maintain soil organic matter. This season we have commenced applications of locally produced AS4454 and ACO Organic certified compost at a rate of 40Qm/Ha. In addition to our current site we are currently carrying or due diligence on a neighbouring property with a view to developing organic production. We are also working with major Australian retailer to trial the potential of barrier mulches, direct drilling and flame weeding in integrated weed management strategies.
Harvest Farms have adopted Swan Systems irrigation scheduling system to sustainably manage water and nutrient application to crops. Swan utilises data from a variety of factors including:
- Site specific 7 day weather forcast based on BOM and an onsite station.
- Actual applied irrigation volumes measured by pulse meters at our pump stations.
- Soil moisture readings utilising capacitance probes.
- Readily available water by soil type.
- Crop coefficients tracked to crop growth stage.
The system also has the capacity to provide NDVI satellite imagery and tracking of nutrient applications applied via irrigation.
Harvest Farms are committed to ensuring the continuity of the Conservation Covenant on our Glen Ayr property. Glen Ayr has some of the highest diversity of native plant species diversity in the district and the team are committed to working with our landlords and local organisation, Tasmanian Land Conservancy, to protect and preserve the property to support conservation.
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Name: Lawrence Cowley