This month we are shining the spotlight on Kindred Organics; Australia’s first commercially grown, certified organic quinoa farm located in Tasmania.
Lauran and Henriette Damen had a dream to live and work in rural Tasmania having fallen in love with the beautiful landscape and lifestyle of the state. However there was one problem – they lived over 16,000km away in Holland!
This didn’t stop them and in 2001 they packed up their lives and made the massive move across the world and settled on the North West Cost of Tasmania in the idyllic township of Kindred; where soil is fertile and perfect for farming.
That year saw the birth of the popular brand Kindred Organics. Australia’s first farm to grow commercial quantities of certified organic quinoa.
Quinoa is the gluten free and highly nutritious pseudo cereal which provides more protein than any other grain. Seeing a huge surge in popularity over the last few years, quinoa is considered one of Australia’s favourite super foods and is now a staple on most restaurant menus.
Kindred Organics’ quinoa is grown, harvested, cleaned and polished on site at Kindred Organics; with a special washing and drying facility developed that allows pre-washing of the quinoa; along with quinoa flour.
In 2015 Kindred Organics was a finalist in the ‘Delicious’ awards for both pre-rinsed quinoa and for buckwheat wholemeal flour; a medallist for the latter product.
Buckwheat, a member of the rhubarb family, is also a highly nutritious and gluten free pseudo grain gaining in popularity for its health benefits. Kindred Organics processes both white and wholemeal buckwheat flour, rolled oats and spelt flour. The spelt flour is milled in a separate stone flour mill.
Over the last decade Kindred Organics has been working towards achieving a fully certified organic farm with their land size growing to 237 hectares to date.
This growth in farm size has enabled them to increase their production of food to include strip grazed beef cattle, spelt, oats, linseed and buckwheat.
Kindred Organics is a family owned and run operation with their son Peter, 24, recently joining ‘Team Kindred’ and youngest son John, 22, learning the ropes during his university holidays.
Kindred Organics supply shops and restaurants in Tasmania and wholesalers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Submit Judith Gregg, ACO (TOP) Office Manager, Tasmaniaby