A little bit about us

Our staff, their welfare and their families are a key component of our business. Being a small family owned business it is paramount to us to have healthy happy staff. We are very proud of our low turnover of permanent staff. We believe strongly in the philosophy in giving back to the community. Scott gives time in an horticultural industry advisory role to the Hastings City and Hawkes Bay Regional Councils. We host many visiting groups, whether university or high school students or overseas visitors. We also support various local charities and are proud sponsors of the Hawke’s Bay Festival of Hockey.

“True earth” is situated in the sunny Hawkes Bay Provence; the fruit bowl of New Zealand. The area is known for its highly productive soils, clean water in the rivers and aquifers, and has a productive labour workforce. Quality food production is what we are about, the mantra being ‘healthy soils produce healthy food, for healthy people, in a healthy society’. This is what drives us to continually improve our soils in regards to the physical structure, the nutrient levels and the biological activity.

None of which is more important than the other. With the implementation of good crop rotations, soil testing, green manure crops, compost, fish and seaweed, natural rock phosphate and lime etc. It is these practices combined with modern technologies such as GPS Steering on our tractors which help us to improve our soils over time. We are a member of BioGro, NZ’s leading Organic Certification which is accredited to the international IFOAM standard. We have annual audits of the farm and packhouse with random audit visits carried out by the highly respected BioGro auditors. BioGro number 530 has been our certification number since 1994.

The history of our farm is relatively short, as the Ngaruroro River used to flow through here up to 150 years ago, leaving behind the alluvial deposits of silt loam, gravel stones and pumice. The general area is known by local Iwi as Te Awa o Te Atua. The property was farmed as part of an extensive grazing property Longlands Station up to 1910. From there it was farmed by the Thompson family. In 1992 it was purchased by our family. We are thankful to the previous caretakers of this land for the fact that they chose not to use DDT etc. in the 1960’s and as a result it was a relatively simple conversion to certified organic production.

Our company philosophy is about constant improvement. We do not wish to stand still. We are always looking for better ways to support the environment and reduce our environmental impact. We recycle where possible and are constantly looking for the best packaging options.