Meet the Farmers – Koala Farms

WHEN Anthony Staatz took over his fifth-generation family farm in 1995, it was 80ha with three staff growing seasonal potatoes and onions for local markets.

Today the Staatz’s business, trading as Koala Farms under the Fresh Choice business, is 550ha spread across five properties in southern Queensland with 50 permanent staff producing 120-150 pallets a day in about 10 lines, mainly lettuce to Coles.

Koala Farms has 240ha — out of a total of 400ha — of irrigated farms in the Darling Downs and a further 140ha of irrigated land in the Lockyer Valley at Gatton, also the home block, which includes their nursery that produces 500,000 plants a week.

The business produces year-round in about 10 products, including baby leaf, midi/normal/gem cos, cauliflower (about 30,000 on average annually in summer in the Darling Downs only), broccoli and occasional lines of pumpkins, cabbage and melons.

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Cristy Houghton

Embarketing, 48 Johnston Street, Wagga Wagga, NSW, 2650

Cristy's unique career has taken her from country NSW to the city lights of Clarendon Street South Melbourne and back again. With an early career in radio as a copywriter and creative strategist, she is now a Jill of all trades as a graphic designer, website builder, blog writer, video editor, social media manager, marketing strategist and more. 

In fact, give her any task and this chick will figure out how to do it! Go on, we dare you!

No, really, we DARE you!!

Cristy has won two Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs) for Best Ad and Best Sales Promotion, and even has an 'Employee of the Year' certificate with her name on it.

Cristy and her husband James have traveled extensively through Russia, China and South East Asia, and have two fur-babies, Sooty (cat) and Panda (puppy). Cristy loves drinking coffee, meeting people to drink coffee, coffee tasting and coffee flavoured cocktails. She also enjoys road trips, TED Talks and watching cat videos on youtube.