As farmers, we share a common set of values when it comes to how we care for our land, treat our animals, and in general, how we live our lives in the community. We refer to this as our 'organic ethos'.
To be Certified Organic, we follow a strict set of standards that prohibit the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and antibiotics, yet our organic ethos is about much more than these things. It is concerned with sustainability in the broader sense – sustaining not just the land, but also communities and families in general. It is about an ethical approach to business and personal relationships, and maintaining the highest professional standards.
We sum it all up by saying we're about: Family Farms, Healthy Soil, Happy Cows… Remarkable Milk
We believe everything we do has a knock on effect - from
the way we farm, treat our animals, manage our personal
and business relationships, and produce our products -
fundamentally they must all be sustainable. An ethical and fair
approach to these relationships is fundamental to who we are as
people and an organisation.
We believe that just as in personal relationships, the relationship our customer have with the brand relies on honesty. When it comes to our products and how we sell them, there are no tricks. We don't waste words, just like we don't waste resources.
As farmers, we are connected by our commitment to the co-operative farming model. We share ideas, resources and ultimately, the profits that the co-operative generates.
We believe the individual relationship a farmer has with their land is much more important than the size of the operation. A farmer who owns the land and lives on the land is best placed to care for the land, and ultimately, produce better food.
We believe that society as a whole is better off when there is greater awareness of where food comes from and how it is produced. We consider building this awareness an important part of what we do as a co-operative.
We also like a laugh - it helps us connect with people!
We are a co-operative, owned and operated by the farmers
who supply the milk. Founded in 2002 to provide infrastructure, leadership and dialogue between participants in the organic
dairy industry. We comprise 16 certified organic and
bio-dynamic farms, with more due to join after completing
the 3 year conversion process. We supply over two thirds
of all organic milk produced in Australia.
Farms are located in the three main dairying regions of Victoria.
We supply milk and dairy ingredients to companies in Australia and overseas who in turn carry our logo as a mark of quality & integrity.
We launched our own brand - True Organic - in 2007, and more recently, the Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia brand for our range of specialty dairy products
I grew up working in my family's dairy business in Bendigo which has operated since 1919. With a family of devoted organic consumers, it seems natural that I'm running an organic dairy co-operative. Previously I've worked in senior marketing roles in Australia & Japan, including 4 years in Tokyo establishing a retail business. I studied Agricultural Science at Melbourne Uni and have a Masters from Swinburne University.
I've been working at ODFA since
December 2008, and what a wonderful
journey its been over these last years as
the co-op has grown. I speak with our
farmers most days, co-ordinating milk pick
up and delivery, and its a pleasure to be
working for people who are so passionate
about organic farming, food and lifestyle.
I have spent the last 15 years working for
large corporates as an Executive Assistant.
Looking for a change of pace and a healthier
lifestyle, my 4 year old and I moved to the
country two years ago and haven't looked
back. Having recently found a love of
woodwork and power tools, when I'm not in
the office I can usually be found somewhere
between a hardware store and at home.
I joined the ODFA team in July 2013 and look after sales and export. I studied Business Management at RMIT University and previously worked in a marketing role at an Alpine resort. I am enjoying working in a new industry and look forward to seeing what the future holds for organics in Australia.
I've been working at ODFA since January 2012 as the bookkeeper. Prior to this, I ran my own bookkeeping business and worked at an accountant's office. I have completed an Adv. Dip in Accounting and am a registered BAS agent. I am really enjoying working in such an ethical environment with people who care about creating beautiful organic products.
I've worked in finance and management
for 10 years in Australia and the UK. I'm
a Chartered Accountant and have been
Finance Director across various industries.
I've got a B.Arts and B.Comm and from
Monash Uni and a Grad Dip (ICAA).
I have worked for various large food companies in Australia and my customers have been large multi-nationals like Mars and Cadbury. I am enjoying working for a small, rural based co-operative with a big vision. Apart from helping with our retail sales I co-ordinate the sales of our dairy ingredients.
A certified organic farmer at Kyabram, Victoria and Chairman since the inception of the co-operative. Director of Australian Dairy Conference Board and inaugural Chair from 2001-2008. A Chairman of Nuffield Australia and Deputy Chair on the inaugural Board of Global Dairy Farmers. He has presented papers at several International farming and organic conferences including Oxford Farming Conference 2012.
Scott is a certified organic dairy farmer in Sth Gippsland and has been a board member since the inception of the co-operative and Deputy Chair since 2006.
Wendy has been farming with her husband Peter on the family farm for 25 years. While raising three children (two of whom now work full time on the farm) she has also been active on Kindergarten committees, School councils, Church Secretary, Landcare treasurer and other jobs within the local community. Wendy has a trade certificate in dairy farming and feels privileged to have been a board member of ODFA since 2006.
Paul joined the family farm at Biggara after completing his mechanical trade certificate in 1996. During this time Paul managed and ran, day to day operations of "Snowy Mountains Organic Dairy". Currently he is an active school councillor and local football committee member. He became an ODF director in 2012.
Doug has been a director of ODFA
since the inception of the Co-operative
in 2002, with a special interest
in financial management. His work
here is almost done and will be
stepping aside in the near future to
allow for a new guard.
Jeff is principal of Martin & Co Legal, a commercial law and litigation practice based in Collins St, Melbourne. Before coming to the law Jeff had an extensive career in senior management at Nestle, as GM of SPC and as CEO & MD of Tatura Milk Industries. He holds a B.Sc, B.Ec, MBA, Juris Doctor & Grad.Dip in Legal Practice. He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jeff has been a director 2011.
Jon Hauser holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering and has accumulated 30 years experience in research, manufacturing, and commercial management of dairy and other food processing businesses. He has also had an active role in the dairy co-operative sector as a CEO and Director, including Burra Foods, Herd Improvement Cooperative and Challenge Dairy Cooperative. He has been a director at ODFA since 2011.