HOW WE GROW
Sustainable Food, Sustainable Future
The Glasshouse growing environment offers the cleanest farming conditions for crops, labour and food safety.
Our plants are protected from adverse weather conditions and our ability to control the environment ensures our crops are provided with the optimal growing conditions.
We are very focussed on growing with low (OR ZERO) pesticide use. We use many different natural insect predators to control pests.
This approach is called integrated pest management (IPM), which means using living organisms as control agents. IPM identifies potential pest problems, monitors the population and evaluates the effectiveness of treatments.
We harvest all the rainfall off our glasshouse roofs and store it in our 3 dams which hold 200,000ML's of water which provides 80 to 90% of the water we require each year for production.
Our UV water sterilisation process also allows us to recycle the runoff water & fertilisers that would have otherwise been lost during the irrigation process.
All our plants are grown in Rockwool, which is made from molten rock spun into cotton candy-like fibres and then compressed into cubes. Along with retaining nutrient water well, Rockwool also drains excess nutrient water very easily.
This means that Rockwool fibre provides our plants’ roots with a balanced growing environment and greater stability.
We use diffused glass which generates the best possible light transmission by scattering the light that enters the glasshouse. In contrast to direct sunlight which stays primarily at the top of a plant, diffused glass spreads light to the entire plant increasing photosynthetic activity resulting in greater production.
Our glasshouses are heated using natural gas which creates a Co2 by-product that we capture and pump back into the glasshouse to enhance plant & fruit growth.
All our glasshouses are equipped with hanging gutters which Flavorite introduced into Australia. These provide greater air circulation which prevents disease and moulds. The gutters also provide the practical benefits of capturing the water runoff from the plants which we recycle, and increasing the height at which the plants sit, making it easier to pick the produce and maintain the plant.
Reduced Food Waste
Flavorite continues to look at ways to reduce our impact on the environment and increase the shelf life of all the produce we grow and sell.
Flavorite is also a strong supporter and contributor to organisations like Foodbank and Second Bite who rescue surplus food from across the retail network, and supply this to people in need.