We are Black Crow Organics. We, Dave and Tammy Litzow, own and operate the 400 acre farming enterprise. We have been farming all our lives and are 4th generation farmers. We have state of the art cold rooms, machinery and packing facilities. We pride ourselves on purchasing new technology in farm machinery and always try to improve our business, increase efficiency and reduce costs.
What…do you do?
We work out on the farm 7 days a week with 4 full time employees. We grow lots of different vegetables including potatoes (5 different varieties), pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli, cabbage, celery and cauliflower. We supply Australia-wide to organic wholesalers who on sell to the retailers. Some of our products arrive to the consumers 2 days after they are picked.
Where…are you located?
We are located in the heart of the Lockyer Valley. Our main farm is in the Tenthill region consisting of beautiful black creek loam soils. Our other farm is in the Mulgowie area and has the best quality water in the valley.
When…did you become certified?
We became certified 10 years ago.
Why…did you become certified?
We became certified due to our child being born very premature and only weighing 1kg. Doctors told us there was no real reason why this happened. When you are told something like that you take a real good look at your life. We didn’t farm with too much chemical, but we decided to eliminate all chemicals from the day our daughter was born. Converting to organic was difficult as disease is very hard to control. As you know, you never stop learning when you are farming the organic way.
What is your organic story?
Our organic story is very simple. We just wanted a better life for ourselves and for our 2 young daughters. We wanted to show them how to live life healthy and of course naturally. Our daughters are now pursuing careers and the organic food, cosmetics and cleaning products are second nature to them. All the organic industry needs is families to convert a little at a time and it will be better for their health and also the environment.
What do you love most about your business?
The most exciting part of the business is to hear the customer feedback. We often receive calls from the guys who sell the produce to the end customer telling us to keep doing what we are doing. For example, “Your potatoes taste great!!!” We also had a bus load of keen gardeners out to the farm this year and it was good for them to see how much work goes into producing a quality product. It was great to see them get their hands dirty and to observe all the worms in the ground.