Shane and Debbie Stranges passion for growing plants together began in the mid 80’s when they started a pop up nursery to fund a trip around Australia (1987). Shane and Deb cultivated hundreds of small plants; roses, orchids & geranium and sold them at the Frankston market each week for almost a year on the side, Shane was working as a nurseryman and Deb at her family’s local mower shop in Hastings.
Shane grew up on a vineyard in Mildura, and has been connected to the land ever since, memories of taking cuttings and planting them at just five years old with his Aunty and Nan are some of his fondest. His professional career began at Georyl nursery in Tyabb as a nurseryman specialising in flowers.
After the big trip Shane retuned to work at Shoreham valley palms where he was approached by the vineyard manager from Tucks Ridge, knowing Shane had grown up on a vineyard, he asked if he knew how to prune grapes, like second nature to Shane he showed them how to prune and began casually working on the vineyard. After about 6 months Tucks Ridge offered him a full time position to learn the ropes as Vineyard Manager and in 3 years’ time Shane become the Head Viticulturist. Shane and Deb moved onto the vineyard, Deb was working the cellar door at Tucks Ridge, while Shane managed the vineyard dusk ‘til dawn.
In 1988 Red Hill Vigneron Services (RHVS) was developed, Shane in partnership with 2 others started contracting their knowledge and established over 50 renowned vineyards across the Mornington Peninsula. After many years working with “RHVS” Shane went out on his own and started another business concentrating on Viticulture and Property Consultancy, while Deb raised their 4 children (Joel 28, Taylah 26, Korey 24 & Matilda 16).
In 2003 the Strange family purchased the family property on Coolart Road, Bittern, today known as Yarrimbah farm, Aboriginal for “Meeting Place on the Hill”, a 7acre micro market garden where they specialise in growing chemical free Red, Gold, Black & Purple Raspberries, Tayberries, Loganberries, Silvanberries, Blackberries, Dwarf Apples, Peaches, Purple, White & green Asparagus and Garlic.
Shane & Deb’s main focus lies in growing speciality and rare variety plants, chemically free, to supply local farmgates and restaurants fresh from the paddock. All of their produce is picked to perfect ripeness and delivered daily.
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