"We had a vision to build an authentic organic food community from cottage farmer direct to consumer. We recognised expensive organic food supply and value chains had emerged as a result of a corporatised profit-focus by a handful of players. It was natural for us to take control of our own supply direct to achieve more accessable, affordable, and authentic organics." Your Organics Group founder Terry Boyle
We made it our mission to partner with (and invest in) cottage industry which is over 95% of our supply chain for produce and a significant proportion of grocery lines. Aggregating smaller organic producers like this, Your Organic Markets is unique in the industry and avoids all the marketing hype and most of the high priced retailling which is reliant on distributors and bigger players - that is not our game. Only a small percentage of our produce such as potatoes, onions, carrots comes from a handful of larger growers because these products require larger scale to be viable and consistent. Although the logistics are more of a challenge when you are dealing with lots of smaller suppliers, there is an inate passion in us that connects better with cottage industry and we believe supporting it is vital for the integrity of organics!
Organic farmers are innovators with the future in mind, like us. All of our farmers are holistic 100% chemical free; over 95% are certified organic. We have another category of cottage producers we call 'ethical' amd we support some of these too. Ethical farmers are conviction farmers practising authentic, verifiable organic methods including bio-dynamic or permacuture, sustainable and enhancing to the ecology and no artificial inputs and no GMO. We believe they need our support and their offer is valid organic - we clearly lable and identify all our products accordingly. Our meat and poultry growers are certified organic, humane and ethical. No mass methods are used which means no artificial inputs, no growth promotants, hormones, steroids, antibiotics and definately no gmo.
Your Organic Markets is OFC certifed organic. Our suppliers are affiliated with various certified organic or ethical groups. The main ones are listed here:
Some of our farmers have dedicated paddocks growing for our group. It is not in our DNA to squeeze our farmers down on price! We work on the basis of a mutually viable arrangement and hand shakes. This commitment to each other has to be a win/win. Our farmers are passionate about us connecting their produce DIRECT to our members in a sustainable and affordable way - it all feels good and authentic, because it is! Your Organic Markets support of smaller farmers and producers presents consumers and the farmer/supplier with an authentic win/win connection. The bigger distributors are often not a reliable or sustatinable distribution option for them. And our Membership distribution model effectively cuts out the costs of retailer 'frills' and the need for 'retailer high margins' and specifically works well with cottage industry.
The profiles below display just a few of our suppliers so you can get a picture of their set-ups and products which they bring to our members. When you support Your Organic Markets, you are supporting Australian cottage growers!