Quality control starts at the farm gates

Quality control starts at the farm gates

Fallgate Farms - the home of Heartland Potato Chips is located in the heart of New Zealand's South Island - South Canterbury.

Fallgate Farms was named over 80 years ago when a previous landowner discovered many farm gates on the property hanging off their hinges - hence fall-gate.

Bought by its present owners, Raymond and Adrienne Bowan the farm has been home to their family, of three children for 35 years. Now the next generation is also living on Fallgate with son James, his wife Jess, and their two small children.

Raymond and Adrienne saw the potential in Fallgate Farms from the start. The soil is naturally perfect for growing potatoes - free draining, little to no stone and land which can be irrigated.

In farming, cropped paddocks need to be continuously rotated to maintain good levels of nutrients. Fallgate Farm grows cereal crops and runs some sheep in addition to the 250ha of potatoes that are planted every year so Raymond is able to look after his land well with generous rotation.

Potato planting begins in late August through to early November. With over 40 years of experience Raymond has trialled numerous varieties of potatoes and has found that out of the many varieties available there is only about five types that produce the perfect colour and crunch required to become a Heartland potato chip.

Farmer's Diary

June - July work top soil of paddock
July - Sept Soil test for nutrients
Sept Plough paddock then ridge it
Sept Planting begins
Nov Potato plants begin emerging
Nov - Feb Monitor crops for moisture - irrigate if necessary
Dec Monitor crops for pests
Jan Early crop is lifted
Mar/June Main crop is lifted
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