SCIENTIST TURNED PRODUCER, RICK SCOONES NOW GROWS 80 VARIETIES OF HEIRLOOM VEGETABLES

After moving from Perth to Manjimup in 2011, Rick Scoones and his wife Barbara purchased Warren Grange Horticulture looking to get into the horticulture industry. With a background in scientific research including terrestrial ecology, Rick has applied a process of trials and experimentation to heirloom vegetable growing.


The former cattle property has transformed and now grows 80 varieties of heirloom vegetable. Rick has applied the rule that “there is no such thing as an error” when experimenting with so many varieties as there is always something to be learned.



Engaging in local food events such as the Truffle Kerfuffle and the agritours operated by the Southern Forests Food Council have presented excellent opportunities to connect with chefs and those passionate about the food industry. While self-promotion and marketing can be a challenge when also running a horticulture business, genuine opportunities have popped up while meeting guests to the farm and seeing the excitement people have toward unique, heirloom varieties and the enthusiasm Rick shows for his craft.



Shop Rick's heirloom vegetables at the Pemberton Crossroad fresh produce stall.