About EnviroVeg

Established to improve the longevity of vegetable growing regions, benchmark industry data and develop industry recognition for environmentally responsible, sustainable production methods, EnviroVeg is industry-led and promotes best management techniques by providing resources, support, engagement and a pathway to certification recognition for vegetable producers.

The EnviroVeg Program originated in Victoria where it was commissioned by the Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria to enable growers to demonstrate their environmental management credentials. A number of iterations and developments later finds the program in its current form.

Membership and data

To be a member of the EnviroVeg program, a business must complete the self-assessment annually. It is important that data is entered on an annual basis for industry benchmarking and data analysis purposes.

All data collected through the self-assessment is securely stored such that individual member data is not accessible in any identifiable forms to other EnviroVeg members. This data is strictly produced in only anonymous formats either for benchmarking between program members or to track overall industry progress towards uptake of environmental practices on farm.

Certified members meet the requirements of the Freshcare Environmental program and complete the benchmarking data capturing requirements of the program through the self-assessment.

EnviroVeg membership rules – download here

EnviroVeg certification rules – download here

Industry owned

As well as the industry oversight provided to EnviroVeg as a vegetable R&D levy funded project, The EnviroVeg Program is guided by a Stakeholder Committee of vegetable producers and industry representatives that provide strategic direction and oversight, a Technical Advisory Committee and the industry-owned project partner organisations.

Project Partners and programs

EnviroVeg has three project partner organisations; AUSVEG, Growcom and Freshcare and harmonises three previously separate programs, EnviroVeg, Hort360 and Freshcare Environmental.
Information on partner organisations and programs:

Steering Committee

AUSVEG coordinates EnviroVeg with leadership and guidance from a Project Steering Committee of growers and project partner representatives. The Steering Committee guide the decision-making processes for the EnviroVeg program to ensure it continues in the best interests of growers.

Name Role Organisation
David Anderson Chair, WA grower Supafresh
Belinda Adams QLD grower Costal Hydroponics
Heidi Radcliff TAS grower Rhebanvale
Ikebal Patel NSW grower Dahegam
Graeme Pitchford SA grower Pitchford Produce
Sean Croft VIC grower Arahura Farms
Doris Blaesing Technical advice RMCG
Byron De Kock R&D Manager (ex-officio) Hort Innovation
Angela Steain Freshcare project partner Freshcare
Scott Wallace Growcom project partner Growcom
Zarmeen Hassan AUSVEG project partner AUSVEG

The Steering Committee regularly welcomes a number of guests to its meetings to discuss important program development issues.

Technical Advisory Committee

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) provides technical expertise and advise to ensure that project resources are connected to up-to-date Research and Development.

Name Role Organisation
Jane Muller Resource update coordination Growcom
Andy Chambers TAC member Seed Consulting Services
Alison Kelly TAC member Alison Kelly Consulting
Doris Blaesing TAC member RMCG
Mardi Longbottom TAC member AWRI
Zarmeen Hassan TAC member AUSVEG

Established to improve the longevity of vegetable growing regions, benchmark industry data and develop industry recognition for environmentally responsible, sustainable production methods, EnviroVeg is industry-led and promotes best management techniques by providing resources, support, engagement and a pathway to certification recognition for vegetable producers.

What is the EnviroVeg Project?

The EnviroVeg program 2017 – 2022 (VG16063) is a vegetable levy funded R&D project that builds on the work of previous EnviroVeg projects while developing a new, collaborative and effective structure. VG16063 provides clear direction for the future of sustainable, environmentally responsible vegetable production practices in Australia through focusing on:

  • Strong R&D connections – robust, up-to-date science underpins resources and processes
  • Valuable data – industry benchmarking and directing R&D investments
  • Increased collaboration – project partnerships, efficient use of industry resources
  • Recognition – benefiting members and educating all
  • Engaging vegetable production businesses – providing a reason for growers to come along for the journey
  • Industry leadership – vegetable industry ownership and management

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the vegetable research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.

What is the EnviroVeg Project?

The EnviroVeg program 2017 – 2022 (VG16063) is a vegetable levy funded R&D project that builds on the work of previous EnviroVeg projects while developing a new, collaborative and effective structure. VG16063 provides clear direction for the future of sustainable, environmentally responsible vegetable production practices in Australia through focusing on:

  • Strong R&D connections – robust, up-to-date science underpins resources and processes
  • Valuable data – industry benchmarking and directing R&D investments
  • Increased collaboration – project partnerships, efficient use of industry resources
  • Recognition – benefiting members and educating all
  • Engaging vegetable production businesses – providing a reason for growers to come along for the journey
  • Industry leadership – vegetable industry ownership and management

This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the vegetable research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.