Posted September 13, 2018 11:00:53Gasko Mraz, one of Australia’s biggest family farms is set to make its long awaited return to the national scene in 2018 after a five-year hiatus, as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.
Gasky Mraz and its four sons, Greg, Shane, Nick and Chris are set to return to competition this year after a six-year absence from the sport.
The family farm in South Yarra, south-east of Melbourne, has been in operation since 1932 and has a total of over 600 acres.
The current crop of corn and soybeans, which is produced at its main plant, the Waterdrinker, is set for a bumper harvest this year with production expected to surpass the previous record set in 2015.
“We are very excited to be back in competition and will be using the opportunity to give back to our community by promoting sustainability and growing our own food,” said Gasky CEO Nick Gasko.
“The farm’s past is well-known, and we are confident that it can help create a more sustainable future for future generations.”
Mr Gaskos sons, Shane and Chris, are also set to compete at the season-opening event, while Chris’ younger brother Greg is set as a wildcard.
Gawg’s new-found popularity among consumers is reflected in the rise in ticket sales, with the farm’s annual sale increasing by around 25 per cent over the last three years.
“Gawgas are a great brand, they have always been a bit of a family name,” Mr Gaski said.
“They are well-loved by people who know their history and history is very important to us.”
Gawgs most recent record-breaking harvest of 10.5 million kilograms of corn was set in 2013, but it has been on the back foot since then.
The farm has been producing corn for the past five years and is now on track to be the biggest in the industry.
“When we started our farm in 1932, we had a whole lot of cattle, but the farmers weren’t really interested in having them,” Mr Nick said.”[The cattle] would just sit there for a couple of years, just sitting on the pasture and not moving, so we didn’t really have much for them.”
“So when we had to go to the farmer, he took all the cattle, brought them to us, and took them on a journey across Australia.
He then started growing the corn and they became the first family to farm in this way.”
Mr Nick said the farm now has around 600 cattle and a total market value of $8 million.
“People know the history of the family and how they came to be here,” he said.
Gaspa Mraz is also the latest farm to open a family business, after a decade-long absence, after opening its doors in November last year.
Gassy Mraz will be the first Australian farm to be fully operational again, with a new owner now set to take over its operation in 2018.
The farm, which also produces fresh vegetables, fruits and spices, will be operated by Mr Chris, who will also be running the family’s cattle farm.
“I’m really looking forward to having Gassy back on the farm and seeing it grow,” Mr Chris said.
“It’s great to be part of a brand that’s growing in popularity.”
The Gassy family has been working on their own family business since their arrival in Australia, when they purchased their first land in the United States.
Mr Gassy said the move to a family farm would provide an outlet for the family to grow their own food and enjoy the good life.
“Our family has always loved farming and our main goal was to be able to grow as much as we possibly could and not spend a lot of time trying to keep up with demand,” he explained.
Gassy MSA will also expand its marketing and promotion activities in the region, including hosting an annual farm tour and promoting the farm to local school children.
“It will be a great opportunity for our kids to learn more about farming, and the importance of local food,” Mr Gill said.
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