Graham, Dalby, Qld – Kialla Pure Foods

Graham, Dalby, Qld

Graham’s family has been farming west of Dalby for 65 years, and the 571 hectare farm has been fully organic for the last 12 years. He has grown mung beans, popcorn and wheat for Kialla. The first 2 crops will grow through the summer season, while wheat is a winter crop that is harvested late in the year.

He switched over from being a cotton grower as he doesn’t like GMO crops, and most of the cotton crops in Australia are now GMO. He also got tired of using chemicals. As he says: “I didn’t enjoy it. Not many farmers do.”

He feels he had an advantage because he learnt farming from his grandfather, who knew how to be a good farmer in the days before chemicals were an everyday part of the process.

Weeds are probably the biggest challenge faced by organic farmers. If they are allowed to continue to grow amongst the crop the harvested grain can become contaminated with weed seed as well. This would then require extra work on the miller’s behalf, separating out the grain to ensure a high quality product.

Conventional farmers use herbicides to control weeds, but this isn’t an option when growing organically. Graham has a number of methods for keeping weeds in check. These include his sheep who will eat many of the weeds while grazing the fallow paddocks. Once the crop is growing he uses inter-row cultivation ploughing in any weeds that may grow in the rows between the grains. He also sends ‘chippers’ through the rows to manually hoe the weeds.

Graham’s farm is very near areas of Southern Queensland that are currently being used for Coal Seam Gas mining. He’s strongly opposed to CSG (also known as fracking) since it has potential to poison the underground water supply by contaminating with toxic chemicals.

He hopes that his grandchildren will one day be interested in returning to the farm where his dedication to organics has built an economically and environmentally sustainable business.

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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.

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    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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