Our Story

 

So, you want to know our story…

Well, it all started in 1990 when Anthony Staatz (the cheery guy below) founded Koala Farms and became the fifth generation in his family to become a farmer.

Anthony started working on his dads farm bagging spuds day in, day out and being paid in peanuts! Seeing how the business was being run made Anthony question weather there was a better way to do things. And so the journey begins, Anthony loaned an 80 acre block on the farm and started planting his own crops, but with a different approach to his dad.

After his first successful tomato crop, Anthony then started slowly growing the business and investing in new farm equipment and technology. This enabled him to be able to produce better quality produce at a lower cost, giving him a competitive advantage.

Now, Koala Farms produces for over 1500 acres and has around 80 employees! We have a great team that helps us to grow some of the best quality fresh produce including, Iceberg lettuce, Baby Cos, Gem Cos, Broccoli, Spinach and Rocket. We currently supply these products for supermarkets such as, Coles, Woolworths and Aldi as well as supplying the market all over Australia.

We pride ourselves on innovation, and always looking for better alternatives for our business, employees and the environment.

Anthony has grown this business with support for his wife Diane and 5 children.

 
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Our Team

 
 
 

It takes a community of hard working passionate people to help grow fresh produce for Australia, all year round. Here at Koala Farms we believe that it is our people that make our business so great. We are really proud of our team and all of the incredible work they do! Below are just some of the crew that make it possible to get vegetables from our farm to your family.

 
 
Anthony plays an active role in the day to day operations of the business. You could find him out in the paddock giving a hand or in the office managing our sales. Adopting innovative technologies and systems to enhance the productivity of crops is what won Anthony farmer of the year in 2017!

Anthony plays an active role in the day to day operations of the business. You could find him out in the paddock giving a hand or in the office managing our sales. Adopting innovative technologies and systems to enhance the productivity of crops is what won Anthony farmer of the year in 2017!

Anthony staatz

CEO

Luke handles the day to day operations of our Lockyer Valley properties, so he has his work cut out for him! Managing our crews and working along side Anthony, Luke ensures that we are as productive as possible over all aspects of the farm.

Luke handles the day to day operations of our Lockyer Valley properties, so he has his work cut out for him! Managing our crews and working along side Anthony, Luke ensures that we are as productive as possible over all aspects of the farm.

Luke Spittles

Lockyer Valley Farm Manager

Willem is responsible for handling the day to day operations of our farms in the darling downs. Willem works along side Anthony and Luke to ensure our processes and farms are as productive and efficient as possible.

Willem is responsible for handling the day to day operations of our farms in the darling downs. Willem works along side Anthony and Luke to ensure our processes and farms are as productive and efficient as possible.

Willem MYBURGH

Darling Downs Farm Manager

 
Austin is our ambitious baby leaf crew leader. Starting with us a few years ago with little agriculture experience. Learning and developing along the way, Austin now handles the production of our tasty Spinach and Rocket from start to finish.

Austin is our ambitious baby leaf crew leader. Starting with us a few years ago with little agriculture experience. Learning and developing along the way, Austin now handles the production of our tasty Spinach and Rocket from start to finish.

Austin Lenord

Baby Leaf Crew Leader

 
Adnan coordinates and manages all of our harvesting crews. We often have up to 3 harvesters running at one time cutting broccoli and iceberg lettuce. Adnan makes sure our produce is looking and tasting its best before it gets to you in the supermarket.

Adnan coordinates and manages all of our harvesting crews. We often have up to 3 harvesters running at one time cutting broccoli and iceberg lettuce. Adnan makes sure our produce is looking and tasting its best before it gets to you in the supermarket.

Adnan ai yasiry

Harvesting Crew Leader

 
Brett is the man that asks you ‘Have you tried turning it off and on again?’ Working with Anthony, Brett helps develop our internal IT practices to help streamline our systems.

Brett is the man that asks you ‘Have you tried turning it off and on again?’ Working with Anthony, Brett helps develop our internal IT practices to help streamline our systems.

Brett killen

I.T

Rohan is our nursery crew leader. We grow all of our own seedlings for our farm, which is around 25 million plants per year! Ro and his team ensure that our seedlings make it through the first 4 - 6 weeks of life before being transplanted out in the paddock.

Rohan is our nursery crew leader. We grow all of our own seedlings for our farm, which is around 25 million plants per year! Ro and his team ensure that our seedlings make it through the first 4 - 6 weeks of life before being transplanted out in the paddock.

Rohan Bonnell

Nursery Crew Leader

 
Ali manages his harvesting crew and happens to be one of our oldest employees, not because of his age but because of how long he has been working with us! Ali has been a valued employee for Koala Farms from 1990! Ali ensures we cut, pack and send some of the freshest iceberg lettuce around Australia.

Ali manages his harvesting crew and happens to be one of our oldest employees, not because of his age but because of how long he has been working with us! Ali has been a valued employee for Koala Farms from 1990! Ali ensures we cut, pack and send some of the freshest iceberg lettuce around Australia.

Ali bubba

Iceberg Harvester Crew Leader

 
Angelo is in charge of our QA & WHS process’. Guided by Fresh Care and & Haarps, Angelo ensures that all of our practices on the farm are safe for our employees, and our customers.

Angelo is in charge of our QA & WHS process’. Guided by Fresh Care and & Haarps, Angelo ensures that all of our practices on the farm are safe for our employees, and our customers.

Angelo maggione

QA

Michelle handles all of our HR. She has been pivotal in not only making Koala Farms the best place it can be to work, but also in helping grow the business. Having good work culture and happy employees is what we are all striving for!

Michelle handles all of our HR. She has been pivotal in not only making Koala Farms the best place it can be to work, but also in helping grow the business. Having good work culture and happy employees is what we are all striving for!

Michelle Flowers

Human Resources

 
Gina and Paige are our packing shed crew leaders. Together, they are in charge of taking our freshly cut baby cos, Gem cos and Broccoli and preparing it so it is ready to be sent all along the east coast of Australia.

Gina and Paige are our packing shed crew leaders. Together, they are in charge of taking our freshly cut baby cos, Gem cos and Broccoli and preparing it so it is ready to be sent all along the east coast of Australia.

Paige Baker & Gina Grey

Packing Shed Crew Leaders

 
Julianne and Diane are our admin duo. All though they keep their boots clean, they are in the office doing all of the behind the scenes work to make sure we keep ours muddy.

Julianne and Diane are our admin duo. All though they keep their boots clean, they are in the office doing all of the behind the scenes work to make sure we keep ours muddy.

Julianne Buckel & Diane Staatz

Admin

 
Dave manages our planting crew’s on the farm. We plant around 25 million plants on our farms every year and Dave makes sure they are transplanted with the best practice, to ensure they have the best chance at thriving!

Dave manages our planting crew’s on the farm. We plant around 25 million plants on our farms every year and Dave makes sure they are transplanted with the best practice, to ensure they have the best chance at thriving!

Dave norton

Planting Crew Leader

Ray is in charge of our logistics crew. We have a lot of product that needs to be loaded onto trucks and Ray makes sure we are sending only the freshest product to our customers.

Ray is in charge of our logistics crew. We have a lot of product that needs to be loaded onto trucks and Ray makes sure we are sending only the freshest product to our customers.

Ray lobegeiger

Logistics Crew Leader

Craig is our farm mechanic. Along with his team they maintaining all of our farm vehicles and harvesters. Craig also helps design and make all of our custom fittings and fixtures for our harvesters and farm machinery.

Craig is our farm mechanic. Along with his team they maintaining all of our farm vehicles and harvesters. Craig also helps design and make all of our custom fittings and fixtures for our harvesters and farm machinery.

Craig LINes

Mechanic Crew Leader

 OUR FARMS

 

Our farm operations utilise the world’s best systems and practises to ensure we are consistent in producing high quality produce. We produce from over 1500 acres of land in the Lockyer Valley and the Darling Downs. This gives the business enough diverse climate to produce vegetables all year round.

While we have supplied different products to the international and domestic markets our primary focus is to consistently supply high quality produce to chain stores and wholesale markets on the east coast of Australia.

We do this by investing heavily in innovation, effective and efficient systems and continually looking at ways to use new technologies and farm practices that are safe and support environmental sustainability.

 
 
 

Lockyer Valley Farm

 

Darling downs Farm

 
 

 AWARDS

 

The New Inventors - 2005

In 2005 Anthony Staatz & Jamie Buckel entered competition, The New Inventors with the ‘Low Impact Harvester’ and came out on top. The pair designed and prototyped a harvester that reduced damage and bruising to product throughout the harvesting process. The new design cut out the use of a traditional conveyor belt and replaced it with individual cups that cradled a single head of lettuce at a time. We have been using this low impact system from 2005 up to this day!


Grower of the year - 2017

In 2017 Anthony Staatz won ‘Grower of the Year’ award at Hort Connections 2017! We were (and still are) so proud of Anthony winning this award. Through out the years Anthony has adopted innovative technologies and growing practices to ensure that Koala Farms was producing the best product we could.