Melissa came from a dairy farming family – a family that always prided themselves on growing fruit and vegetables and cooking up a storm.
“Growing up, we would always help sow veggies and pod buckets of peas. We loved watching the crickets and preserving fruit for winter sweets.”
A qualified baker and pastry cook, Melissa started off in a small country town, then moving to Melbourne to learn as much as she possibly could about her craft. She worked at David Jones and well-known Elsternwick pastry shop Aviv Cakes.
Melissa has run her own café and worked in customer service. She currently works as an office assistant, as well as working on the family farm.
“I have always loved animals and flowers. I think the thing that gets me in is watching them grow from such small beginnings to something beautiful!”
Committed to offering a high-quality fertiliser product
Melissa is confident their range of BioLink 4 Plants products is going to become popular.
“Once people are aware of our products and use them, the challenge for us will be to keep up with supply. We’re committed to building up a good customer relationship with people.”
“I think the most interesting and exciting outcome is yet to come! For me, to be part of a business that believes in looking after our soil, which feeds us with nutrient rich produce, is exciting in itself.”
Melissa is proud of her husband Graham’s dedication, determination, courage and foresight to turn around the family dairy operation from full-on conventional farming practice into a certified organic farm. “It’s taken a lot of faith and trust from family members to allow this to happen.”
“I would like to think that we’re here for the long haul. We’ve been there ourselves, trying lots of different products, some good and some not so good. We want to see our customers succeed.”
“Our aim is to help them improve their operations, whether they have broad-acre crops or their own veggie patch or compost heaps – we care! We want to make a difference that is also affordable, with products that are easy-to-use.”
A keen home gardener
“My aim in life is to have a nice garden, both edible and not! My father always told me I can’t live on flowers! To be able to travel and work, sharing time with people and listening to their stories and journeys – that’s my dream. I hope to inspire and encourage people to have a go and follow their dreams, no matter how small.”
In her spare time, Melissa loves to bike ride, enjoys coffee and cake, going to the gym and horse riding. She also loves the tennis, going to the theatre and spending time in the garden – rain, hail or shine.