Ladybird Organics is a third-generation family-run business. The Skopilianos family has been market gardeners in the Keilor Valley area and has been supplying local communities with high quality fruit and vegetables since the mid 1940s. With over 70 years of experience in the industry, the Skopilianos family has operated at every stage of the food supply chain – from farming, processing, wholesaling to retailing.
In 2005, brothers Peter and Steve started the conversion of their family farming business to organic, resulting in a new brand – Ladybird Organics. Under the new brand, they commenced using principles of traditional and natural farming once again. The processes of traditional farming included natural soil care, composting, manual weeding and planting to attract beneficial insects such as ladybirds – hence the company’s name. We have gone the full circle, back to the natural farming practices that our grandparents used when they set up market gardening in this same area.
Through this experience, we cultivated a common vision of making healthy, clean and fresh organic food more accessible to the public. This vision inspired us to step away from farming and towards opening up our retail store, Ladybird Organics, in Moonee Ponds at the beginning of 2015.
Although no longer offering strawberry picking, our farm still grows fresh fruit and vegetables that can be bought fresh from the store. Incorporating other organic produce, health food and personal care products. Ladybird Organics makes the finest organic and fresh produce available to the public. Driven by the belief that “Food is Medicine” we continue the family tradition.