A new farm to grow and sell organic pepperidge and pumpkin crops at a small cost has been unveiled.
Key points:The farm will produce the produce on a 50-acre site near Sydney’s Pepperidge Farm and will be run by a company called Pepperidge Farms (PFF)The farm is expected to be the first pepperidge producer in Australia and is expected be commercially viable by 2021The company will develop the product through a plant breeding programme, and will sell it through a supermarket chain.
The company is hoping the production of organic pepperchips and pumpkin seeds will create a new business model for farmers.
The PFF company, which is based in Sydney, has been developing the farm since 2017 and has worked with farmers in Queensland, South Australia and the ACT.
The Pepperidge farm is part of a new, 50-hectare farm planned by PFF to produce organic pepperices, pumpkin seeds and other crops at its site.
It is a joint venture between PFF and the Sydney-based Nutritional Farming Group (NFG), which will manage the project.NFG, which owns the land on which the pepperidge is located, is planning to expand the farm into a more suitable site with access to irrigation, and expand the production capabilities.
It also has plans to expand further and open a processing facility at the site to process the peppers and pumpkin seed pods, with an aim to have the plant produced in three years.
The plant will be grown in an indoor greenhouse and produce organic produce, and it is expected it will be commercially available in 2021.
The project is part-funded by the NSW Government, and PFF is seeking $100 million in funding to develop the pepperchipping farm and produce the seed pods and the peppers.
Dr Matthew Williams, the managing director of PFF, said the pepperching farm was the most cost-effective way to produce and sell a plant-based food product.
“The pepperidge farming program has been extremely successful in the past, and we believe this program will continue to provide farmers with an income,” he said.
“In fact, it is estimated the first peppers will be available to growers in 2020, and the first pumpkin seeds in 2021.”
The company said it had been working with farmers and farmers’ groups around Australia to design the plant breeding and processing infrastructure.
“We have also developed the product for sale through a food store chain in NSW,” Mr Williams said.
The new farm is being designed to grow produce on the site, which will be operated by a small company called PFF.PFF will manage and manage the operation of the pepperging farm, which includes developing and managing the product, and producing the plant for sale.
It will produce organic and conventional pepperches, and produce some seeds to produce a plant for seed.
The pepperchipped seed pods will be sold through a NSW supermarket chain, which Mr Williams believes will have a significant impact on the local community.
“When a small farmer produces a plant, that farmer is able to earn money for their community,” he explained.
“They can provide a little bit of income, and they can feed their family and they will continue the family tradition and the tradition of the local farmers.”
He said the program was about “building community, not only in NSW but around the country”.
“There are other people who have this idea that you can’t grow organic because you’re not a farmer, you can grow organic and it’s a bit of a problem,” he added.
“And this program, which we think is the most efficient, will provide that opportunity.”