Get to know a local farmer.  As part of our ‘I am Local’ project we will are meeting and sharing Farmers stories.  Here is our first local farmer profile, meet Veeresh and Family from Rayner’s Orchard Farm

How long have you been farming?    about 40 years

What suburb is your farm in? Woori Yallock- Yarra Ranges

What do you grow on your farm? We grow more than 450 different varieties of fruits including many varieties of stone fruits, Citrus fruits, Kiwis, Guavas, Persimmons, Figs, Pears, Apples, Feijoas, Quinces, Tamarillos, Loquats, Brazilian grapes, Rainbow corns, Pumpkins, Chillies and Tomatoes to name a few. 

What do you love about farming?  Everything, especially selling chemical free produce to keep the population fit and healthy

Is there a main challenge you/your farm faces?  Pests and climatic challenges

What % of produce of your produce is sold in/out of Yarra Ranges?  100% sold within the  Yarra Ranges because we are U-Pick.

 What difference would it make to your business if you could sell more produce locally? As we sell everything from the farm we would only sell away from the farm if we have a good crop that could not sell fast enough. 

Do you have any ideas on how we can encourage locals to buy more local produce? By promoting local farmers via Digital platforms, social media and Television shows.

Is there a myth about farming you would like to address?  Maintaining soil quality by not using chemical fertilisers. 

What is the one message you would like to share with the local community?  Eat fresh and chemical free produce, where possible buy tree ripen produce.

Please contact us if you are, or know of a farmer that would be happy to share their story.  

Our work is funded by the Victorian State Government via Health Promotion funding at Inspiro


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