Regional Irrigation Development Case Study: Simplifying the Process
In 2001, Chris and Leanne Burder purchased a 69.15Ha property near Lancefield with the intention of starting an environmentally sustainable and innovative horticultural business. At the time of purchase, the property was used for intensive grazing, which relied exclusively on surface water runoff captured in a single dam and rainwater collected in tanks to supply the property’s water needs. The dam will fill and overflow with a 50mm rainfall event. With their new property, the Burder’s intended to return 58.15Ha or 80% of the property to native vegetation and develop the remaining 11Ha for lavender oil and stripped lavender production. Before deciding on lavender, as their crop of choice, Chris and Leanne considered a variety of potential crops and plants for cultivation. Organic lavender was chosen for its drought tolerance and generally hardy nature.
Chris describes their approach to their new business as, “attempting to create an innovative business that is mindful of environmental factors”.