Herry’s Harvest, located 5 minutes from the Wangaratta CBD, produce a wide range of seasonal vegetables throughout the entire year.
Springs’ spinach, carrots and beetroots. Kale and cabbages, pumpkin and peas abound in the autumn and Winter. Summers’ offering of tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and new s– you will find the satisfaction of all your fresh vegetable yearnings growing just five minutes out of Wangaratta at Herry’s Harvest.
We are a small farm where people-power and natural methods of food production mingle with a small-economy paradigm in order to raise up nourishing crops for local distribution at a fair price.
How do we do this?
We do not use synthetic inputs – composted plant matter (made on farm), natural rock deposits (lime and rockdust), animal manure (organic certified and local) and carbon mulches (wood chips and pea straw) are the only food we feed our ground. Sometimes we will use un-certified inputs if we deem them extremely low risk. We would rather use a low-risk uncertified LOCAL product than a certified input with a huge carbon footprint from far-far away. We try to minimise off-farm inputs as much as possible, aiming for as close to a closed energy loop as possible, however as long as we are sending lots of vegetables off farm, we will require a portion of those nutrients coming back to us in some form.
We do not use chemical ‘solutions’ for pest and disease problems. So far we have not had too many pest or disease problems – a testament to the vitality of our soil and crops. Of course nothing is immune to fluctuations in health, and when a pest or disease problem is upon us you can rest assured the solution we choose will not involve poisoning the crop, earth and ourselves – we will first look at our soil and crop health, then implement physical interventions (exclusion methods, or good ‘ol bug squashin’) and as a last resort, selective use of organic crop products. If we cannot overcome the challenge with these approaches, well we will most likely just forgo that crop for the year and hope for better luck next year. It is better to go without than to grow with chemicals.
We care for our soil. Minimal mechanical tillage and cultivation, alongside encouraging soil life with gentle organic inputs are but a few of our approaches to tending the soil so it might raise us strong plants, yielding a good crop of nutritious food.
We care about our production methods. We purchase heirloom, open pollinated seed from independent seed producers. We avoid as much as possible the use of fossil fuels. Our packaging (if we use it at all – we generally discourage any form of single use packaging) is all compostable and preferably made from recycled material, or in the very least, sustainable virgin materials.