Matt & Stephen, Springsure, Qld – Kialla Pure Foods

Matt & Stephen, Springsure, Qld

Matt and Stephen grow various crops for Kialla, including mung beans, chick peas, barley, white sorghum, high protein wheat and millet, on their farm about 50km south west of Springsure (Central Queensland).

After growing up on the farm Matt became a diesel mechanic working in regional towns around the area while his father Stephen continued to grow crops and cattle using conventional farming methods.

When Matt decided he’d had enough of being a mechanic and wanted a lifestyle change for himself and his family he moved back to the farm in 2015. Once back on the land he made the decision that leads many farmers into organics: to drop the chemicals and to seek out ways of farming that supported the health of his soils as well as the health of himself and his family.

It was a new venture and quite a challenge for both himself and his father, who had been using conventional pesticides and artificial fertilisers for many years.  They realised their first priority was to restore their soil, as they came to understand all the flow-on benefits from well-nourished soils – including better yields and healthy plants that are naturally resistant to pests.

A regenerative agriculture seminar in a nearby town opened Matt’s eyes to what is possible in organic farming, fuelling his passion for trying new things and designing new equipment to improve farming processes.

New research and leading-edge technology now enable farmers to monitor their crops and treat any issues during the growing period. For example, instead of treating nutritional deficiencies with artificial inputs, Matt utilises inputs from his own farm, such as cow manure and native microbes, to create his own bio-fertilisers. While the processes for producing these bio-fertilisers are complex he sees beneficial results in the quality of his crops, the reduction in pest issues, and the improvement of nitrogen, carbon and complex bio-mineral levels in his soils.

Science-based research can really improve organic farming techniques. However, the success of organic farms also depends on the farmers’ experience gained from their own observations and field trials, as well as their capacity to work with rather than against nature. And it certainly helps to have a firm belief that regenerative farming is the future of food.

Three generations of the family now live on the farm. And while Matt’s 3 young children will likely have to travel up to 50km to go to school, the family is convinced that the healthy lifestyle an organic farm offers beats urban conveniences any day.

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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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