Nature’s Haven a Substantial Certified Organic Grower
Nature’s Haven came about because of a love of growing plants and being uncomfortable with what we see as the unnecessary use of chemicals. Our philosophy is that if you provide healthy soils, adequate water, good nutrition and a natural balanced ecosystem plants will be in an environment where they can look after themselves. At Nature’s Haven, we wish to promote the ‘Organic Philosophy’, encourage healthier lifestyles and protect the local environment. In order to achieve this aim we seek to be a successful commercial business supplying high quality, nutritionally sound produce to health conscious consumers.
The three elements by which we measure ourselves are Quality of our Produce, Respect for the Environment and Maintaining a Safe and Happy Workplace.
Don and Elaine have in excess of 60 years agricultural experience between them predominantly in vegetable seed crops, agronomy and agricultural research. In 2009 Brendan joined our operation enabling the business to operate in two separate locations with complimentary growing seasons.
Our NSW properties are very versatile and have a reliable supply of good quality irrigation water. The soils are Sandy to Sandy Loams and provide good access in wet conditions allowing year round cropping. Vegetable cropping is predominantly in the Spring, Summer, Autumn period with some Winter vegetables and green manure crops through the Winter.
The original property has been under organic management since 2002 and is now fully certified to the Organic Standard. In 2005 the property also achieved compliance with the Freshcare guidelines as another step in fully implementing a food safety program.
Since this time an additional 3 properties have been added to our NSW operation giving us approximately 140 hectares under organic management in the NSW location.
Due to a large number of requests from our buyers to supply produce through the Winter we investigated areas in North Queensland that had suitable climate and would suit our management system.
In 2009 the venture was extended to Far North Queensland to enable us to supply our major produce lines all year round between the 2 locations. 4 properties in Far North Queensland gives us the ability to crop approximately 300 hectares (with another 320 hectares which could be developed over time) in the Northern operation. The soils are diverse but versatile, enabling our supply year round.
Don Murray – General Manager
Elaine Murray – Systems Developer
Brendan Murray – Sales Manager/NSW Manager
Jason McDermott – FNQ Cropping Manager
Michael Gordon – NSW Cropping Manager
Suzie Grace – Admin/Records/Finance