TODARO Farms’ focus on more efficient and convenient vegetable irrigation practices saw the company receive the Butler Market Gardens Environmental Award for 2021.
Featured at Hort Connections 2021 in Brisbane last month, the announcement came during the Awards for Excellence gala dinner.
Darren and Mark Todaro run Todaro Farms in Cora Lynn, Victoria, where they have diversified their traditional crops of asparagus into cabbage, silver beets, parsley and cilantro.
The company has focused on adopting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices in its business, including investing in improving irrigation methods.
The national award cemented the farm’s environmental credentials after also winning the environment and sustainability award at the Ausveg Victoria Awards for Excellence in May.
The Butler Market Gardens Environmental Award recognizes a business or individual who demonstrates a commitment to implementing sustainable agricultural practices on the farm, develops innovative solutions to address environmental challenges on the farm, and demonstrates leadership in promoting the issues. environmental issues in the local community and at large.
“The Butler Market Gardens Environmental Award recognizes the importance of adopting environmentally responsible growing practices to the future viability of the industry,” said James Whiteside, outgoing CEO of Ausveg.
“It is extremely important that environmental practices are continuously improved, to ensure that vegetable growers have minimal impact on their environment, while producing vegetables in a sustainable and profitable way for Australian consumers.”
“The results of the business practices adopted by Todaro Farms have not only benefited the company’s bottom line through better yields, but have also resulted in improved soil fertility and overall health. “
“The company has successfully shifted its soil from asparagus production with long-term intensive herbicide use to leafy green vegetable production and has adopted cover crop rotations to support brassica production. and prevent root diseases. “
“Darren and Mark also gladly share innovations, methods and sustainable farming practices with other producers in their area to improve growing practices in the area. I congratulate them on their award. “
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