Gary, Westmar, Qld – Kialla Pure Foods

Gary, Westmar, Qld

Gary farms about 250 hectares near St George in southwest Queensland, where he grows wheat and buckwheat for Kialla. He has been farming organically for about 8 years, after leaving a teaching career at an agricultural college. His wife’s family has been long-established in organic farming and he actually share farms part of his wife’s grandfather’s property.

Share farming means that the grower leases land from the property owner and keeps the proceeds from any crops that he grows. Farming land can be very expensive to buy so share farming provides an opportunity for younger farmers to get a start in the industry.

Buckwheat is a summer crop and Gary planted will plant 50 hectares or more each year – the rest of his area is planted with wheat, which grows through the winter. Australian organic farmers will generally only get one crop a year per paddock, because they don’t use artificial methods to boost their soil levels of nitrogen and microbes.

However buckwheat is a fast growing crop – it can be finished within 10 weeks, under ideal condition – so is not so hard on the soil. So depending on whether the farm has enjoyed a good season (enough rain but not too much) and there is still high moisture content in the soil, the farmer may then decide to plant a winter crop such as wheat.

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  • Pernille Berg Larsen, Baking Teacher & Author

    I always get the best result using your Organic Rye flour!

  • Cherie W., Home Baker

    I never make a bad loaf of bread now, since changing over to Kialla flour… I can’t get over the superior quality of your product. I have bought some for everyone in my family.

  • Pauline Mirabelli from Simply Honest Foods

    We’ve found that Kialla popcorn is the best – it pops so much better than other popcorns, and it tastes great. Our kids love it.

  • Mrs Ergül of Mrs Ergül's Delish Treats

    I truly like the transparency and traceability that Kialla Pure Foods offers. I’m actually able to see which farm grew the wheat milled into my 10kg bag of flour. This really sealed the deal for me. And I feel that Kialla sets themselves apart in this sense.

  • Rebecca Laughery, Consumer

    We’ve tried several other pancake mixes but nothing comes close to yours!

  • Lisa, owner & baker at Sweet Tooth Noosa

    Of all the brands of flour I have used Kialla is by far the BEST!

  • Meredith J. Home Baker

    Kialla is the best flour I’ve ever used – and that includes some great US flours. Please keep milling forever!!

  • Jacqui Mead, Consumer

    We’ve been using Kialla’s products for approximately seven years now, making the change to Organic Spelt Flour following the discovery that my son had a wheat and dairy intolerance. I have found that our whole family’s health has improved.

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