Manjimup, WA

The Manjimup-based lettuce grower supplies his harvest to big processors throughout WA in summertime, who then supply many fast food and chain stores.

After working on his father's cattle farm when he was younger, Mr East had an ambition to move into horticulture. He began his new career in 1983, growing cauliflower.

David and his wife Lee moved to lettuce growing in 1998 and have continued to use their rich Southern Forests soil to make it their specialty. They grow, manage and harvest 120ha of lettuce varieties, including iceberg, cos and gourmet and baby leaf spinach.

A key component to their success is that they can produce lettuce at a time