Our long term vision
As we grow as a business, DJ's Growers is very conscious of the footprint that is left behind by both us and our clients.
We aim to:
*Increase the uptake of composts, mulches and organic fertilisers (particularly our DJ's Product range) with our clients to improve soil. While sales of products will help with gauging uptake, yield and quality data will be the ultimate guide of success.
*Support and encourage our clients with reporting their sustainability benchmarks. Increased uptake of programs such as Sustainable Australia Winegrowing amongst our clients, and the achievements made when compared to previous data will show if this is successful.
*Continue to champion integrated pest management (IPM). While starting to become more commonplace, IPM is still seen as being difficult to manage and not achievable in many situations. By continuing to train our staff in IPM principles, insect identification, and the effect of insecticides on beneficial species we can make sure that we are advising the use of chemical options in a continually responsible manner. By speaking to grower groups, and spreading the message of IPM amongst agronomy and agricultural retail peers, we can help continue to make IPM more accepted in the general grower community.
*Continue to support local biodiversity and re-vegetation groups. Increasing areas of re-vegetation and decreased problem weeds will be the ultimate measure of success, as will the longevity of these groups that can only exist with support from local volunteers and business support.
*Continue to support the Homeless Grapes Project which donates grapes, grape picking and winemaking to raise money for the Hutt Street Centre.