meet our South Australian organic farmers
The South Australian Organic farmers we work with are located between 200 and 300 km away from Adelaide in the Mallee region and in the Riverland.
When we met them the first time, we understood the true meaning of organic farming. The certifications they have is not only a farming practice, it is a full part of their lifestyle.
From growing organic poultry and meat to cereals and wool, they also only consume certified organic products; grown in respect of the land and the people who produce them. Everything they can grow for their own consumption is done on farm (even the chooks feed!). We admire their dedication to certified organic practices and love the extra effort they are putting to live off their passion and values.
When we introduced the idea of making rye straws with their leftover stalks (like older generation did to drink beers and avoid spreading disease), they were very surprised. Over the many years of farming and generations, they simply didn’t think of using the remaining stems as drinking straws. And that’s when our adventure began…
Mister RYE is very proud to work with South Australian organic farmers adding value to their existing farming practices and a new income activity.
When resources are available locally, why importing them from the other side of the planet?
Our farmers grow rye to harvest grains. The leftover part of the plant, usually left on the ground, is now a new alternative to plastic and imported straws!
Regenerate the earth
From seed to straw to fertiliser, Mister RYE’s lifecycle is aiming to be carbon negative from start to finish! Being a byproduct of the grain production, it is also processed on farm directly allowing the waste from its processing to go back to the organic soil.
Our rye straws are also 100% compostable in a garden, a home compost or a green bin, leaving absolutely no trace.
With all of this in mind, using Mister RYE, you are directly building healthier soils, supporting organic farming, and local farmers.
Using existing resources, supporting local employment and economy, and preferring organic practices are true values that we support with Mister RYE. We need to take care of what Mother Nature gave us.
100% certified organic from the start
The farms we work with are certified organic for more than 20 years therefore our straws are worry-free as well as being pesticides-free, chemicals-free, gluten-free, soggy-free and taste-free!
Through the project Mister RYE, we are focused on:
1. adding a new income stream to our farming partners
2. promoting employment in rural area.
The 2019 harvest has been very challenging because of the drought, and the toughest farming year for cereals in 140 years! It was very important to us to give employment first and foremost to the farming families who had been a part of the project since its early beginning and unfortunately had no luck with their crops.
Strong relationship are the most important to us
Using traditional methods and manual processes for this first batch of straws, we are very proud to have hand selected the best of what Mother Nature had to offer. As a result, this first 2019 batch of straws is a collaboration between two organic farming families Border Park Organic and Kinmana Organic and us, all supporting the same vision: create local alternatives to the millions plastic products we use every day, for a healthier planet.
You will notice each straw is unique – with natural markings, and various lengths and diameters. Natural fibres may also be present inside our straws, but these won’t affect your experience.
Each of these unique characteristics signify a genuinely natural product.