Our farming story began with a taste of bacon at a farmers’ market in the heart of London. It was a taste that took us back to when we were kids, to what food tasted like then. It was like eating bright colours when other food was monochrome.
We followed the journey of that bacon, and the other food we were eating, growing more and learning more. We didn’t know much about farming, we just knew that we wanted to grow great tasting food and connect people to the place it was grown.
Our journey eventually brought us to a neglected apple orchard in the Huon Valley. We had never so much as grown an apple before, and we were told we would need a million dollars to make it work. We didn’t have a million dollars, but we found a community of supporters and mentors that were worth a heck of a lot more than that.
We made mistakes. Lots. We said yes to everything and didn’t do anything particularly well. We had entire seasons that were a write off, animals escaping, sleepless nights doubting our choices as well as our abilities.
But we persevered and now we are growing food of which we are proud. Our food has flavour. We love our animals and our environment. We grow food that we want our kids to eat, that connects our community and makes the land better. And we aren’t finished, we are always learning more. The tough times have taught us to laugh at ourselves and to avoid compromise. We continue to strive for better, not more.
When you buy the food we grow you not only get real flavour but a connection to our land. You become our mates. We call it Our Mates’ Farm because it’s your farm too.