Why Organic?

Making Healthy Food Choices

Standard farming methods often use chemicals that can accelerate the growth of the produce therefore causing it to contain more water. This can affect the nutrient quality of the product as well as the overall taste of the food. Conventional food products can also contain a range of additives to enhance flavour and shelf life.
Health and nutrition should be paramount to what we buy, so when you have the choice of flavoursome, delicious healthy food (as nature intended) versus chemically-enhanced products, the choice should be simple.
Organic foods normally contain more minerals and vitamins than products that have been farmed using the standard methods. Our organic healthy food products are guaranteed free from growth hormones, toxic chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. Organic foods also ensure the ethical treatment of animals.

There is a difference between plain organic products and 100% Certified Organic Products

Certified organic products are governed by certification bodies which carry out a number of inspections and tests to ensure that the products are free of pesticides, herbicides and GE free.
The word ‘organic' is generic and therefore products with this label are not subject to any regulations or rulings.
Buying "certified organic" is your guarantee that you are getting what you are paying for.

What is good about organic farming?

  • Organic farmers work in harmony with nature and do not grow GM crops.
  • Organic farming is sustainable farming.
  • Organic farms can support higher levels of wildlife.
  • Organic farming keeps harmful chemicals and pesticides out of the food we eat.
  • Organic farming reduces toxic farming runoff and pollutants that contaminate our water, soil and air.
  • Organic farming is better for the environment. Recent research has found that when compared to conventional agriculture, the very nature of organic farming not only makes it less of a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (40-60% lower), but organic farms have higher levels of organic matter in the soil this enables carbon to be stored in the soil.

Good for the soil

Organic systems rely on a modern and scientific understanding of ecology and soil science, while also depending on traditional methods of crop rotations to ensure fertility and weed and pest control.

Good for the animals

Great emphasis is placed on animal welfare.

Good for the environment

Organic systems aim to reduce dependence on non-renewable resources. Organic production aims at all times towards sustainability whilst having best management of the environment and wildlife as a priority.

Good for people

Organic fruit and vegetables have been shown in a number of studies to contain more vitamins, nutrients and cancer-fighting antioxidants than non-organic food.

Organic tastes good

This is the simple message given by many people who eat organic.

No synthetic chemicals

Organic systems prohibit the use of artificial chemicals, pesticides and fertilizers.

Why is organic more expensive?

Our view is that organic is the real price of food. Organic food prices represent the true cost of growing nutritious, high quality produce. Some of these costs include: more labour intensive practices, expensive natural fertilisers, soil regeneration processes, organic grain for livestock, lower yields, certification fees and higher transportation costs due to smaller scale distribution.
The conventional food industry has brought down prices through mass agricultural production. Although cheaper at the 'price point', these prices do not take into account the hidden costs borne by us each year. These include government funded activities such as cleaning up water pollution, pesticide testing and regulation, desalination and preventing soil erosion. Nor does it reflect our health costs and medical bills later in life.
As the industry grows, the price differential between organic and conventional produce will close marginally as economies of scale are brought to market

Why can't I get the product I want all the time? Why isn't there consistency in supply?

Contrary to popular opinion, we aren't meant to get strawberries in winter or fresh apples all year round. There will be periods where the freshest, highest quality produce is not available due to seasonality restrictions. The same principle applies to our dairy products, which may mean more yoghurt in summer and less in winter due to lower production levels in the cooler months.
The good news is that when your product is in stock, you are guaranteed of freshness and quality.

What kinds of fresh produce does Nature's Garden sell?

Our fresh produce represents the pick of the crop of Australia's Certified Organic fruit and vegetables. Because we only buy fresh produce from Certified Organic farms and nothing is imported (except for Certified Organic New Zealand Kiwi Fruit, when Australian Kiwis are not available), our range is not as wide as you would find in your local fruit shop or supermarket, but because Australia is so big, with so many variations in climate, you will always find a good range of produce, so even when it's winter in Woodend, you don't have to go without lovely tropical North Queensland bananas.

Opening Times

We're open -

Monday - Friday
9am to 5.30pm

Saturday
9am to 4pm

Sunday & Public Holidays
Closed 

Organic Brocolli

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Broccoli is a cool-weather crop that does poorly in hot summer weather. Broccoli is high in vitamins C, K, and A, as well as dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and selenium.

Broccoli is in season during the winter months, so consider cooking Broccoli soup to keep the winter chills away.