HOW WE WORK WITH OUR GROWERS
Box Divvy Hubs can be:
Conventional/Sprayfree OR Certified Organic only Hubs....more other page for Certified Organic.
With Conventional'Sprayfree we try to buy from local growers as much as possible -growers we know, have visited on their farm and on the whole know how they
grow their produce (i.e. chemical-free, bio-dynamic, permaculture (meaning
no chemicals, no manufactured fertilisers), using organic principles, in
organic conversion or certified organic. There may also be some conventional produce when these are not available. We will not list these separately on produce as we may have a mix of suppliers over a day/week and doing so will increase the price of the produce having to pay an administrator to change item descriptions.
The bulk of these growers are in the Sydney Basin
* Horsley Park * Quakers Hill * Camden * Rossmore * Leppington * Wallacia *Kemps Creek
Fringe in areas like * Maroota * Dural* Hawkesbury * Oberon and * Orange.
We also have an increasing number of growers on the Central and Mid-North Coast.
On average, we source around 70-80% of our produce from these local growers
during the growing season, dropping to 50-60% during the winter months.
Where we source produce from interstate and we don't know from which farms
it comes, we assume that the produce was grown conventional - i.e. some
chemicals may have been used to control pests, weeds and fungus.
The few items from overseas, mostly as not available in Australia, we search for the same chemical free approach but we cannot guarantee it for anyone with sensitivities due to border inspections as they fumigate including organic produce imported - this renders it non organic strictly speaking.
The only two items we have are from New Zealand kiwi when it is seasonally not available in Australia and garlic when local is not available typically after March there is Giant Russian but this is actually a leek so we purchase from Mexican or Spanish.
With groceries we do not nominate they are all Australian. Pine Nuts do not grow in Australia and cashews also, very limited small growers, who don’t have a large commercial sale exposure so again from overseas but roasted and packed locally. The nuts , roasted and packed locally, is what we promote.
Some nuts are grown in Australia but the drought has decimated these crops. In a good year almost half of ‘peanuts’ are grown in Australia but right now this is down to around 10%. Cashews there are almost no commercial quantities grown.
Many of the items, like dates, are also overseas grown as not available in Australia.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC is now available and the whole Hub will be certified produce and
groceries. In login Marketplace you click on photo of item and you will see the Grower and certification. The boxes that arrive at the Hub, your Hubster packs, will also have grower and certification on box. So you can always ask your Hubster.
STICKERS ON APPLES
Part of the changing industry practice, whether organic or not, is adding little stickers to apples which is done by all but the smallest growers as grocers and supermarkets demand this for processing through the cash register. We don't like it but we cannot always get non stickered apples.