VICTORIAN mushroom producer Chris McLoghlin of The Organic Mushroom Farm has taken out this year’s prestigious Young Grower of the Year Award.
Mr McLoghlin is the founder and director of The Organic Mushroom Farm which provides mushrooms to independent grocers and major retailers nationally.
The Farm is the largest certified organic mushroom farming company in Australia.
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Mr McLoghlin has worked in fresh produce and grocery supply chains and distribution, founded online retail and hospitality businesses, and consulted for and worked in several start-ups – both food and technology related.
Corteva Agriscience marketing manager for horticulture, Nick Koch, said the company was delighted to present Mr McLoghlin with the award.
“His commitment and dedication to farming is inspiring. Working with his team and local community he is supplying mushrooms to happy customers across Australia,” Mr Koch said.
“Chris is a passionate advocate of organic primary production, supply chain and industry development and is a great example of a young person leading the charge for innovation which will help our next generation of growers to prosper.”
“I would also like to congratulate the finalists in this category: Andres Cruz, Butler Market Gardens, Vic; Chris Pham, Nexgen Produce, NT; Daniel Hammond, Bulmer Farms, Vic; Daniel Quattrochi, Monika’s Organics, SA; Jake Shadbolt, Scotties Point Farm, Vic; Mitch East, Willarra Gold, WA; Nathan Barolli, Barolli Orchards, VIC; Olivia Ryan, McCain’s, Vic; Steph Corrigan, Corrigans Produce Farms, Vic.”
“The wide range of fruit and vegetables that these young growers are producing is just phenomenal – from baby leaf; baby broccoli; potatoes; kale; apples and pears and mushrooms.”
Ausveg chief executive officer, James Whiteside, congratulated Mr McLoghlin, saying he was a highly respected figure in the Victorian organic industry and was a very worthy recipient of the award.