Glenn, Laidley, Qld – Kialla Pure Foods

Glenn, Laidley, Qld

Glenn’s 16 hectare farm in the Lockyer valley, between Brisbane and Toowoomba, seems surprisingly small in comparison to the holdings of many of the other farmers who grow for Kialla.

However, the fertile black soils of the valley, laid down by volcanic activity millions of years ago, are able to produce high returns per hectare. Last year he harvested about 5 tonnes of maize per hectare, and about 3 tonnes of wheat. He also grows popcorn, a relative of maize, as well as barley and soy beans.

Glenn grew up in the area and went off to become an OHS officer in the mining industry. About 15 years ago he bought the land and decided to try his hand at farming as a sideline to his OHS career.

He grows yellow maize, soy beans and popcorn in summer and, because the soil is fertile enough and the year round rainfall means high soil moisture, he also plants wheat in winter. He also rotates his fields with organic soya bean crops to boost the nitrogen content of the soil. He has even been known to grow a few organic vegetables.

The type of wheat he usually plants is Rosella, a variety that has low protein making it perfect for baking cakes. It’s commonly known as ‘soft wheat’ and we mill it into cake flour. Many people aren’t clear on the difference and Gillian Bell explains it in her blog post.

Want to know what happens when the grains leave the farm and arrive at the mill?

Check out our Virtual Tour of the Mill videos

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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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