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Meet the Farmer: Lyn & Barry, Coastal Hydroponics

Although innovation and hard work have always been characteristics of Coastal Hydroponics, the business has transformed since the days Barry and Lyn Moss first trialled hydroponics in the early 1980s.

Barry and Lyn were originally broadacre farmers in central New South Wales but moved to the Gold Coast in 1981 to educate their kids.

In stark contrast to the fleet of trucks the business now has, Barry and Lyn began supplying to Coles 33 years ago by delivering produce to one local Coles store in Pacific Fair in their ute with a tarp.

An unwavering commitment to providing the freshest, highest quality produce for their customers means Coastal Hydroponics now delivers salad and herbs to more than 170 Coles stores across Queensland.

Barry & Lyn Moss with their daughter Belinda

The seamless, slick operation involves deliveries in a fleet of trucks of up to 19 tonnes of salad a week and up to three tonnes of herbs a week.

A strict quality assurance program under SQF 2000 and a triple wash system for salads also means their final produce can literally go straight from the farm to the dinner table.

Coastal Hydroponics is now operated by multiple members of the family. Barry and Lyn’s children Belinda and Shannon are both actively involved in the business along with their partners. In 2014, Belinda was recognised for her leadership in the horticulture industry when she was the first woman to be named AUSVEG National Grower of the Year.

Coastal Hydroponics has expanded its facilities in the past five years and installed new wash room equipment to process its produce faster and more efficiently. The family has bought a farm at Mulgowie to supply baby leaf salads and in-ground herbs throughout winter and invested in a new salad drier, which will be installed later this year.

Now you've met Lyn and Barry, learn how to turn their produce into this delicious Thai Beef Salad. Click here for the recipe!

This article has been provided by Coles, a proud partner of Australian Farmers.

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