Young Grower Joins VGA

Matt Zagami operates AvoGrow Farms at Wairewa, 40km NE of Lakes Entrance in East Gippsland. Matt is one of the youngest vegetable growers to join the VGA.

Graduating in 1999 from the University of Melbourne at Dookie with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Matt worked with a chemical reseller before returning to the family farm.

Today, Matt farms the fertile soils along Hospital Creek at Wairewa. His father Vince started growing peas and beans in the area back in the 1960’s.

Matt Zagami - Young grower joins Vegetable Growers Association of Victoria
Matt Zagami inspecting Snow peas for insects

Matt and his family grow Sweet Corn for seed during summer, Beans from January to May, Snow peas and Sugar snaps from September to June (all handpicked), and Chinese cabbage from January to August.

AvoGrow Farms work 146 Ha of land and employ 30 seasonal workers during the summer picking season.

Matt has made substantial investments in water security including three extra bores, an improved farm dam and extending their drip irrigation system to cover a total of 52 Hectares.

AvoGrow Farms market their produce to local processors and through the Melbourne Market, with their Sweet Corn seed going to a local seed company.

Young Grower Joins VGA
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Matt said being a member of VGA is a sign that you care about what you do and how you do it and that you care about your industry.

Matt thinks that the VGA as an organisation can better represent growers’ interests if more growers get involved as members.

Matt has attended most of our recent workshops and meetings that were organized or sponsored by the VGA.

Welcome to the VGA Matt !

For more information contact your Industry Development Officers :

Helena Whitman
IDO – West
Slobodan Vujovic
IDO – East

0407 772 299

0422 583 784

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