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Meet the Finalists - Schreurs & Sons


   Monday 2nd November, 2020

If you’ve eaten celery, leeks or a baby leaf salad mix this week, chances are they’ve come from Schreurs & Sons.

What started as a humble celery operation in Clyde is now a large scale, 3rd generation horticultural producer with a business that spans across seven properties over 1000 acres.

As well as being one of the largest suppliers of celery in Australia, Schreurs also have a significant number of international customers.

The business has recently moved from their founding home of Clyde to Middle Tarwin in Southern Gippsland. The relocation was in response to several impacts, including increasing urbanisation and warming climate and to ensure access to a consistent water supply.

Through securing a large water license from the Tarwin River, they have ‘future proofed’ their operation.

This, combined with a number of other initiatives has earnt them a place in the finalists list for three categories in this year’s Excellence in Agribusiness Awards;

  • Excellence in Adaption to Change
  • Excellence in Research and Development
  • Excellence in Sustainability.

Large-scale horticulture has not been common practice in this part of Gippsland region, so the enterprise has turned many heads, initially with suspicion and now with envy.

Director of Field Operations, Adam Schreurs, has environmental sustainability for profitability at the forefront of his planning.

This includes a very sophisticated Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program to manage both terrestrial and soil invertebrates, rather than using chemical pesticides.

At Middle Tarwin, extensive corridors of native vegetation have been planted to encourage native fauna to browse the vegetation, not the crops. The larger property also enables crop rotation with green manure crops, which feed the soil and lead to improved yield.

This includes a very sophisticated Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program to manage both terrestrial and soil invertebrates, rather than using chemical pesticides.

At Middle Tarwin, extensive corridors of native vegetation have been planted to encourage native fauna to browse the vegetation, not the crops. The larger property also enables crop rotation with green manure crops, which feed the soil and lead to improved yield.

The latest development is the planting out of the wetlands and drainage channels onsite with native wetland vegetation to help filter any sediment and nutrients coming in runoff from the crops, before entering the river system.

Whilst this is not a requirement yet, the business considers it a pre-emptive measure to maintain water quality.

Schreurs & Sons have a strong commitment to the future development of the horticulture industry and are collaborating on various trials, as well as participating in youth and farmer engagement programs around climate change with Gippsland Adapt, and the Growing Southern Gippsland programs.

Proud to be part of the local community and share their passion for farming, they run open days on the property and regularly participate in national and international events to stay on top of sustainable farm practice.

This 100% family owned Australian business takes pride in delivering high quality produce all year round, with a constant focus on safety and quality throughout the entire growing cycle and supply chain.