Van Schaik’s Bio Gro is proudly a family-owned, Australian company specialising in the development and manufacture of a wide range of growing and mulching mediums, soil amendments and biological growth stimulants.
We also provide technical support and expertise covering all aspects of commercial horticulture production and environmentally sustainable, socially acceptable and economically viable organic recycling services within South Australia and Victoria.
For over four decades, we have been working in partnership with Australian companies and councils to achieve optimum recovery or organic material. Over that time, we have gathered comprehensive knowledge extending from the processing and composting of said materials, to the development and production of the finest quality products perfectly tailored for a wide range of horticultural and agricultural applications.
Bio Gro was originated over four decades ago, by Hans Van Schaik and his wife Marjan Van Schaik, as a small earth moving business operating within the heartland of Australia’s Radiata pine plantations, Mount Gambier, South Australia.
Hans had a particular interest in soil management, and in the early 70’s noticed bark and organic materials that were by-products of the local forestry industry were being burnt or destine for landfill, and believed that those organic residues could and should be value-added.
Against popular opinion at the time, Hans went about testing, trialling and evaluating products derived from these residues, and soon after expanded the company’s operating portfolio to include the development, production and marketing of various forms of growing mediums, soil conditioners and mulching mediums.
Today, Bio Gro is still a privately held, family-owned company. Both Hans and Marjan still take particular interest in the business, along with their son and Managing Director Stephen Van Schaik. The company employs approximately 100 employees across 5 operational sites, processes in excess of 750,000 cubic metres of organic material per annum, and is one of Australia’s leading manufacturers of professional substrates and landscaping products.
Hans Van Schaik started experimenting with composting and value-adding materials that remained after harvest and processing by the forest industry within Mount Gambier, South Australia.
Van Schaik’s Organic Soils was founded by Hans & Marjan Van Schaik. The original composting facility was located on a 12 acre site on Wandilo road, South Australia.
Van Schaik’s Organic Soils starts formulating professional growing mediums for the South Australian and Victorian Nursery Production and wholesale Industry.
Van Schaik’s Organic Soils expands with the purchase of the commercial street site in Mount Gambier; there the first packaging plant was established.
Further expansion through securing a 42 Hectare site at Wandilo, which became our EPA licensed organics receivable and composting facility.
Bio Gro was formed; Van Schaik’s Organic Soils remains an operating entity, holding all supply contracts and supplying product to Bio Gro.
Growth continued through the purchase of the Jubilee factory complex, becoming Bio Gro headquarters and modern packaging facility.
Expanded into the Victorian market by acquisition. Bio Gro purchase the Australian Potting Mix Company, Canterbury Road Bayswater, to increase exposure into the potting media market.
Hans wins the World Forestry Day Award. Recognising innovation and outstanding achievements within the forestry industry.
Further growth by acquisition. Bio Gro purchase the Propine Company, and relocate Victorian operations from Canterbury road to Colchester road, Bayswater.
Bio Gro and Van Schaik's Organic Soils merge operations.
Catering to demand, Bio Gro outgrows Bayswater facility and as a result purchases our Ordish Road facility, Dandenong South.
Bio Gro rolls out a refreshed look, along with a website upgrade.
The fact that Bio Gro is one of Australia’s leading players within the growing media industry is not by chance. We continue to meet – and often raise – the standards of our industry, which is a direct reflection of our continuous drive to meet our customers’ existing and unarticulated needs.
Quality is paramount during all phases of operations. From the selection and treatment of our raw material, to product development and manufacture, nothing is left to chance.
Combined with four decades of accumulated knowledge, a very large stock reserve of the finest resource, adherence to Australian standards and utilisation of modern production facilities, the Bio Gro portfolio of products guarantee a maximum of quality and reliability enabling trouble free cultivation.