Winners are grinners!

Winners are grinners!

Nov 15, 2021

What a weekend it has been and to say we are still pinching ourselves is an understatement! This year saw Good Harvest as finalists for several awards over two separate industry awards nights - coincidentally held on the same weekend! 

Australian Organic Awards 2021

Mick Dan Farmer of the Year - Australian OrganicMick Fan Australian Organic Farmer of the Year and Kelly Burton Chief Operations Officer Good Harvest Organic Farm

Hosted by our peak industry body, Australian Organic Limited, Good Harvest were finalists for four (4) separate Australia Organic Industry Awards.
Young Organic Leader - Mick Dan
Women in Organic of the Year - Kelly Burton
Farmer of the Year - Mick Dan
Retailer of the Year - Good Harvest
    The awards were announced at a Virtual ceremony on Friday evening and the winner of the coveted "Farmer of the Year" award was our very own, Good Harvest Organic Farm Founder and Farmer, Mick Dan
    Can you believe it! Across the entire country, with so many inspiring organic farms and farmers, Mick has been named 2021 Farmer of the Year! 

    Mick works tirelessly on the farm and business yet was humble in his win. 

    “I am honoured to be recognised by my peers in such an collaborative industry, however this Award win would not be possible without the support of my partner Kelly, daughter Alex, and our team of employees including Farm Manager Brendan, Warehouse Manager Neale and Marketing Manager Mish. Our entire team at Good Harvest Organic Farm are proud to work in a value-based industry and provide healthy organic produce for their community.

    We also want to thank our Good Harvest customers and community for supporting us through the good times and the tough times - it truly is what inspires us to keep going and growing! There are families that have been on this journey with us for over 5 years now and so many new families joining us and seeking a deeper connection to their food source. We are so grateful to be trusted by so many to feed their families." 

    We would also like to extend our congratulations to other category winners and finalists. It was truly an outstanding experience to be part of and we look forward to an in person awards celebration in 2022. 

    Sunshine Coast Business Awards 2021

    Still glowing from the previous evening's award of Farmer of the Year, some of the Good Harvest team swapped their farm clothes for suits and frocks and headed to the 26th Annual Sunshine Coast Business Awards. 

    Good Harvest were finalists in the Food and Agribusiness Award, a large and diverse category of 14 industry peers (and amazing businesses) including:
    Diablo Co, Woombye
    Electropops, Forest Glen
    Epicurean Products Pty Ltd, Yandina
    Fenn Foods, Kunda Park
    Global Boss International, Eerwah Vale
    Good Harvest Organic Farm, Coolum Beach
    Hello Honey Australia Pty Ltd, Kin Kin
    Huds and Toke Pty Ltd, Coolum Beach
    Kilcoy Global Foods Australia, Kilcoy
    KOKOPOD, Buderim
    Moffat Beach Brewing Co, Caloundra West
    QCamel, Glasshouse Mountains
    The Milk Pantry, Maroochydore
    Your Mates Brewing Co, Warana
      And the Winner of the Food & Agribusiness Category - Large Employer is:.....
      Good Harvest Organic Farm! 
      Mick Dan and Kelly Burton SCBA Food And Agribusiness WinnersSome of the Good Harvest Organic Farm team celebrating their win_Food and Agribusiness Winners Sunshine Coast
      "We couldn't believe it when we heard our name announced!" said Kelly Burton, Chief Operations Officer of Good Harvest Organic Farm. "It still feels like a dream!"

      "We are so truly honoured to be recognised amongst such an inspiring list of businesses, not just in our category, but across the many categories awarded. The Sunshine Coast business community is so small and many of these finalists we have come to know well and support them on their endeavours, it is such a wonderful accolade to be named a finalists, let alone a winner".

      "What's most important about these awards is recognising the people who have contributed to our success through the last 7 years: our team and our community. From humble beginnings in 2014, the community has stood by us and supported us in good times and bad. When our shop was destroyed by fire over 5 years ago, we could not have imagined how much of a positive influence this could have on our purpose and direction.

      Mick has taken to farming with such vigour and passion, people can see that and feel it in the food he produces with the farm team. 
      2021 has been a tough year personally, we lost my Mum in May this year, and to be able to come to work every day knowing we are feeding over 1300 families a week is what has kept me going". 

      These awards give us such hope for the future where people are connected with local farmers, learning more about the importance of eating organic produce and the benefits this has on the environment and health of our community. 

      We also hope it will encourage other young farmers to get in there and give it a go! The organic farming community here on the Coast is so collaborative, and with the support of the Food & Agribusiness Network (who also won a business award this weekend), there is such a strong future for organic farming and food production on this beautiful Sunshine Coast.