Opportunities grow for Sara

02nd Mar 2021

Born and bred in Guyra, Sara Rushton did not imagine the opportunities that would come when she started work at the Costa Tomato Glasshouses.
Sara worked for more than 13 years in Guyra, before taking an opportunity to move to the Costa Berry farm in Corindi and most recently a promotion to head up the Quality team for the Costa Berry farms in Far North Queensland.
“I started in tomatoes when I was 19. Guyra is a very small town and I didn’t even have my licence. I lived at home and initially worked at the farm part-time,” Sara said
Over the next 13 years, Sara worked in the pollination of the plants, the packing shed and then in the quality area.
When her husband was offered work in Coffs Harbour, Sara was able to transition to the Costa berry farm at Corindi.
“The Tomato farm was like my home and leaving Guyra was very difficult, but I was able to go straight into a harvest team in Corindi,” she said.
After more than two years at Corindi, Sara was offered the Quality Co-ordinator position for the Costa Berry farms on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, and started in her new role in February.
“I’m passionate about my job because I believe quality is one of the most important things in the food industry. I love the feeling when we send fruit out that we know it is of the best quality we can give.
“I also love spending time with everyone from the pickers through to managers and making sure everyone knows the importance of quality in our business, and also getting to meet people from all areas of the world.”
Sara said it was a ‘massive’ decision to move up to the Atherton Tablelands, but it was a great opportunity.
“If you show the effort and the passion, then Costa will look after you. If you want to get up and do something with your life, you can start at the bottom and work your way up.
“I have met some wonderful people at Corindi and hoping the same will happen here on the Tablelands, but Guyra will always have my heart.”