Vee Jay’s Kalfresh – VJK Produce
Vee Jay’s Kalfresh – VJK Produce – is a joint venture between the Jurgens Family and Kalfresh Vegetables, which has enabled 12-month supply and a broader vegetable offering.
We know that healthy soil produces healthy crops, packed with flavour.
The Jurgens Family
The Jurgens Family are 5th generation farmers who have been farming in the Bowen region since 1915. Their Vee Jay’s Tomato brand was first established in 1974 by Vern and Janette Jurgens. The brand is continued today by their son Jamie and his wife Melita and is well-recognised in the market place for producing first-class gourmet tomatoes.
Jamie was north Queensland’s first Reef Guardian farmer, a title bestowed in recognition of his work around sustainable and environmentally-farming practices. The Jurgens pride themselves on growing environmentally and socially-sustainable safe food grown using a biodynamic farming system.
The Jurgens received full Organic Certification in early 2018 and now offer customers a commercial supply of Certified Organic gourmet tomatoes, snacking tomatoes, pumpkin, capsicum and green beans.
Kalfresh Vegetables was started by Barry and Robert Hinrichsen in 1992 in the Fassifern Valley, south-west of Brisbane. Kalfresh has grown to become of one Queensland’s most prolific growers and marketers of fresh vegetables. Like, the Jurgens family, everyone involved with Kalfresh is passionate about growing the best vegetables possible. We’re generational farmers who innovate and push boundaries to remain sustainable and grow the healthiest, tastiest, nutrient-rich crops we can, with the least environmental impact.
Founding director Robert Hinrichsen was named AUSVEG Grower of the Year in 2016, in recognition of the biodynamic systems he’s implemented to minimise chemical use and improve soil health. CEO Richard Gorman has been with Kalfresh since 1994 and oversees the day-to-day operations and strategic direction of the business.