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The business which has evolved into The Green Life Soil Co. has always been permaculture based. Current owners, Paul and Linda Mitchener bought the business (then known as the Gaia Centre) in 2001. Previously, it had been known as the Permaculture and Environment Centre.
We bought the business as a professional 'tree change' - we saw a way to work more closely with nature and to share our passion for growing our own food and living more sustainably. Paul and Linda both hold Permaculture Design Certificates, and have studied horticulture at TAFE. They are passionate organic gardeners (when they get the time!) and dream of self sufficient food production!
We started off making customised soil mixes for particular needs and specific plants at the customer's request. Over time, this evolved and was refined to the range of soils we now produce, and we decided in early 2008 it was appropriate to change our name to reflect the re-emerging nature of our business - and thus The Green Life Soil Co. was born!
Specialising in quality soil mixes made on site. We do not simply 'buy in' mixes and we know exactly what goes into the product we sell. We do not use biowaste or sewage sludge (used extensively in most commercial mixes).
We have worked hard to continually improve our product, and are proud to have achieved Organic Certification on several of our mixes in 2008. We are the first producer of Certified Organic soil mixes in Perth. Our range of Certified Organic products continues to grow, and includes various growing media, soil improvers, amendments and fertilisers.
Additionally, a number of our soil amendment products are Waterwise endorsed.
We want people to reconnect with nature - in their own back yard.
We get excited about growing our own food - and want other people to experience the joy of that, too.
We want people to teach their kids about cycles of nature - understanding the environment and where food comes from.
We believe it is important to use less chemicals in the garden - to promote biodiversity and to live more sustainably.
We're passionate about people having a healthy, gorgeous garden:
So we set out to help them from the ground up - with something different; real growing mediums that provide ideal conditions for plants to help them thrive.
It is our intention to empower people to successfully garden - no matter what they're trying to grow - by offering support, information and quality products to help them along their way. Over the years, we have helped both experienced and novice gardeners in Perth achieve success.
We hope you will come and visit us in Middle Swan - We know you will embrace the 'Green Life' too!
The owners of The Green Life Soil Co, these guys started out in 2001 when they were after a tree change to their former lives, both working previously in design. They have one child, a large dog, a cat and chickens. They live in Chidlow where they have a ‘work in progress’ vegie garden, and quite a few fruit trees. There is always much to do - in so little spare time! Their other hobby is Lindy Hop - a form of swing dancing. They’re not very good at it but it’s something that is great exercise, good fun, and a way to get out of the mindset of work 24/7.
Brody is our Production Manager and as such he oversees production. Sounds simple? He's also our go to Mr Fix it and something of a youth counsellor for the younger guys in our team. He plays baseball in his spare time and dotes on his baby daughter.
Denise is our newest retail star. An avid permaculturalist, she lives on acreage and has practical experience of growing lots of crops and raising animals.
Kobe started with us while still school student. A few years later, he's at Uni studying Physio and fits in a little GLSC around his schedule. Kobe is an accomplished bobcat driver so is responsible for mixing & loading our soils.
Rico is our online delivery truck driver, so it's his friendly face you may get to see if you're home when your order of bags & tubs arrives. Rico lives on acreage and is a keen permaculturalist; very experienced in property management and gardening maintenance.
Samara is our retail star - she joined to help whip our shop into shape and to keep it organised. You'll find her on the front line (aka behind the counter). She has a wealth of retail experience and excellent plant knowledge, special subject - WA native plants. Her usual days are Mon/Tues/Wed.
Tess came to work @GLSC during the Covid crazy months of 2020 to give us a helping hand. It turns out she's a bit of a superstar, so we decided not to let her go. And she's still here - assisting customers and getting to some of the nitty gritty admin and logistics behind the scenes.
When Tom M started with us we actually had FOUR Toms on the team. Crazy. Two have moved on to other things now - so Tom M is our in house survivor. He started as a junior and is now trained to drive the forklift & bobcat, and is responsible for mixing & loading our mixes.
Strickly speaking, Tommy isn't an employee - he is a self employed contractor and owns the trucks that deliver your bulk loads of soil. But he's an integral part of our operation. Reliable and efficient, we don't know where we would be without him. He's had a career in the transport industry in a range of roles; but now he's pretty much our 'delivery guy'. We <3 Tommy!