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Coles Nurture Fund Helps Aussie Farmers

Coles Nurture Fund Helps Aussie Farmers

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Three Australian farming families have invested in innovation and helped to replace food imports after becoming the first-ever recipients of Coles’ $50 million Nurture Fund.

The Clark family from Westerway Raspberry Farm in Tasmania, the Wiese family from Yarranabee Pty Ltd in Western Australia and the Moon family from Moonrocks in Queensland were among the first recipients of Coles’ grants.

Ashley Wiese and his business partners from Three Farmers in Western Australia have used their grant to help build mainland Australia’s first quinoa processing plant.

The quinoa processing plant has then enabled Three Farmers to supply Coles stores across Australia with their locally-grown quinoa.

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It’s blown me away,” said Mr Wiese. “We were looking to send our quinoa overseas for processing. We applied for the Coles Nurture Fund and it all happened in a whirlwind. It just gave us the confidence to build the plant.”

In Victoria, Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs has used a grant from the Coles Nurture Fund to open a greenhouse which uses cloud technology and climate control that allows them to grow fresh herbs all year round.

What’s fantastic about this technology is that we have shuttles that travel up and down the greenhouse and bring the produce all the way back to the shed,” said Jan Vydra, co-founder of Australian Fresh Leaf Herbs.

Harvey Citrus in Western Australia, Manbulloo Mangoes in Northern Territory and Butler Market Gardens in Victoria were also among the first recipients of the Coles Nurture Fund.

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