The Hydroponic Farmers Federation (HFF) farm tour will visit Boomaroo Nursery, a world-class vegetable seedling producer, and Thoang’s farm, a truss tomato, strawberry and Lebanese cucumber hothouse producer. This farm tour option is available to registered delegates of the HFF Conference and Trade Exhibition, to be held at the Mantra Lorne Resort, Victoria, from 8-10 June 2016.
Boomaroo supplies around 300 million seedlings to growers across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. The seedling producer is renowned for high quality commercial seedlings and wholesale greenlife, and its capacity to deliver on time, every time.
The hallmark combination of high quality products, customer service and innovation in seedling production mean that much of the fresh vegetable produce available in supermarkets originates from Boomaroo seedlings, including lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, leek and onions. Located in Lara, Victoria, Boomaroo has 20 hectares under production.
The nursery also specialises in greenlife products, including potted colour (ornamental flowering plants), and are now one of Australia’s largest cyclamen producers.
Beginning as a small family business, Boomaroo was built on the passion of the three Jacometti brothers. Now with over 100 permanent employees, Boomaroo is one of Australia’s largest seedling suppliers and is recognised for its state-of-the-art technology and processes.
For more information on Boomaroo, visit website: http://www.boomaroo.com
Thoang’s farm was established in 1985 by his parents who grew Asian vegetables such as khang kong, mint and bak choi, which were supplied to the Asian grocery shops around Melbourne.
Thoang took over the farming business in 2000. He started to grow tomatoes in a short crop. Along with the tomatoes, he thought he would try growing other crops also, including Chinese broccoli.
In 2012, Thoang decided to try a long crop with grafted plants from Trandos in his low-tech hothouses. The one crop rotation per year has saved him a lot of crop costings and down time.
This year because of poor tomato pricing, Thoang has invested in growing strawberries in his shade houses and Lebanese cucumbers in his hothouses. This was done because he wanted to diversify his business, in other words, “not to put all your eggs into one basket.” Still, it has been a learning curve for him, but the pricing has been rewarding and he looks forward to the challenge.
Posted 11 May 2016