So the greenhouse is up! It’s not powered yet but the structure is finished – giving us a lovely, warm environment to store our farm equipment for the time being… Once complete, this climate controlled hydroponic house will provide the majority of our food production needs – red and green tomatoes, cauliflower, zucchini, capsicum, horseradish
Along with our factory build comes the need to increase our manufacturing efficiency, hence the investment in additional manufacturing equipment.
Whilst trying to remain true to our ‘hand made’ traditions, we also need to expand our customer base, remain price competitive amongst a crowded market segment, and explore new opportunities, especially in targeting export sales.
The trees are down and the greenhouse build has commenced!
Our planning permit to manufacture will be conditional on us growing produce, so we have planted an orchard of 200 trees (50 each of lemons, limes, crabapples and quinces) which will take a while to bear the required levels of fruit that we need.
A change of plan! We had originally thought we would renovate the existing shed, but with the need for more space, it has been decided to demolish that structure and create a whole new building with an upstairs mezzanine – all whilst trying to maintain the old external look. We’ve endured a week’s exclusion zone
Our property has over 90 Cypress pine trees (hence the name Pine Ridge!), planted over 70 years ago to act as a wind break, but now, sadly, they are past their useful life. Bordering the future structure of our new development, we have to remove at least half of them to protect against damage. Since
So here’s how it’s starting….. Of course you need to look beyond this structure to envisage a retail store and manufacturing facility.
First step, a planning permit – so with the services of our planning consultant, the fabulous Marc Bartsch, and hopefully a reasonable Yarra Ranges Council, this should be a breeze…shouldn’t it?
All products except 8 out of our extensive range are manufactured Gluten Free…. Tomato Relish, Spicy Tomato Chutney, Mango & Port Chutney, Kasundi Relish, Horseradish Mustard, Mad Dog Chilli Salsa, Asian Style Salad Splash and Wok Toss are made using malt vinegar or ingredients that contain wheat and
So our former distributor decided to imitate our product range – thumbs down to them! This unimaginative version of our Yarra Valley Preserves products – the ‘Valley Harvest’ branded range – is still around but not hurting us too much! Remember, the Yarra Valley Preserves brand of jams, chutneys, salad dressing, etc. is the original