Steve, Harrisville, Qld – Kialla Pure Foods

Steve, Harrisville, Qld

Steve farms 300 hectares in the lush Lockyer Valley between Brisbane and the Great Dividing Range. And while this farm may seem small in comparison to some of the farmers that grow for Kialla, the small size is more than compensated for by the fertility of the soil.

This means he’s able to grow a variety of crops for us, including barley, maize, popcorn, soy beans and wheat.

Maize is one of Steve’s favourite crops, because of the ease with which it grows. Popcorn is a relative of maize, with similar nutrient requirements. Both of these crops will grow through summer for harvest early in the year. Wheat and barley are grass-like crops and will be grown over winter to harvest late in the year.

To grow maize, which is a very nitrogen dependant plant, Steve rotates the crop with green manure crops such as cow peas or fava beans. These will be ploughed back into the field to act as fertiliser, replacing the need for an artificial nitrogen fertiliser like urea, and taking care of the soil’s microbial health at the same time.

Legumes like soy beans are, like maize, grown over the summer. The advantage of growing legumes is that they fix nitrogen in the soil helping organic farmers to preserve their soil’s nutrition without the use of artificial fertilisers.

Steve comes from an organic lineage, so to speak, since his father was one of the pioneers of organic farming in Australia in the 1960s. It was a time when the so-called ‘green revolution’ was changing the face of agriculture around the world, by increasing crop yields through new methods such as industrially manufactured fertilisers and pest-eradicating chemicals.

However, Steve’s father came back from the UK infused with enthusiasm about ‘natural’ and ‘alternative’ growing methods. He appeared both ahead of his time, and completely out-of-touch to many of his farming peers. Nonetheless his persistence helped to build organics in Australia from being a ‘crazy fringe idea’ to the important industry it is today.

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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