George, Casino, NSW – Kialla Pure Foods

George, Casino, NSW

Down on the lush Northern Rivers of NSW, George grows soya beans and white sorghum for Kialla.

He grew up on a farm in the same area, then went off to create his own stock agency business. Stock agents advise and represent farmers in business transactions around farming land, equipment and merchandise.

But he came back into farming about 15 years ago, buying 120 hectares near to where he grew up, and then began farming organically.

The Northern Rivers gets about 1500mm of rain a year, most of which falls in summer.
This means that crops requiring lots of water can be grown in summer, and there will still be enough moisture in the soil to grow a second crop in winter.

Soya beans are a ‘thirsty’ plant so they need to be grown in soil with high moisture, in areas that have high rainfall. However they also return nitrogen to the soil, allowing George to plant his second crop for the year. In George’s case he’ll plant winter wheat or sorghum.

Some years George plants upland brown rice. This is different from paddy rice, where the plants live in water for most of their life cycle (the water-logged paddy rice field is the traditional image we think of when we think of growing rice). Upland rice is a different variety of the rice species, but while it doesn’t need to have it’s roots flooded with water, it still needs a large quantity of rain to get through the growing cycle. This is what is known as ‘rain-fed’ rice. During dry seasons when rainfall is low, rice farmers in the region can also use irrigation off the large rivers nearby.

Often the farmer must make a decision as to which crop is the best business proposition. These kinds of decisions are all part of farming life, as with any business. More recently George has found combining his summer soya bean crop with a winter crop like sorghum or wheat is the best option.

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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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