In 1986 we bought our farm & moved a revegetation nursery with us to set up a demonstration tree farm to encourage farmers to grow trees on farms. We also sold all sorts of fruit bearing plants. From the powerhouse of the nursery, we established 20 acres of mixed fruit & nut orchards, along with extensive tree belts & woodlots.
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Travelling to Italy [to attend Terra Madre] in 2008 opened my eyes to a world of possibilities and like-minded people. It really helped me to realise how important your story is if you’re a small producer and also to understand what I could do.
We can hardly believe January 2015 marked our 100th market!
Our January market fell on Australia Day weekend so we were extra Aussie in our celebrations. 3RRR’s Cam Smith hosted the day for us; Carmen Verandah and Kofi performed for us; there was birthday cake by Bursaria; and all kind of giveaways like 100 mini lamingtons by Tivoli Road Bakery. The day was also a fundraiser for the CFA and Abbotsford Convent ran a hamper competition. We had an absolute ball! Thank you for your support. Photos to come!
“Attending Terra Madre in 2008 in Turin was a life changing experience for us both”, says Neil. “We attended all the formal days and stayed in a nunnery (arranged by Slow Food) for about 5 nights and were transported to and from Terra Madre daily. Jane and I frequently think about global food issues and local ones with great commitment and reflect on what we learnt and saw at Terra Madre. We have become increasingly active in pursuing issues that we see as important such as introduction of GMO and the ownership of food and its genetics by a few multinational companies.
Through this experience, we learnt about the Slow Food mission of good, clean and fair [food] and subsequently developed a commitment to those principles, and adopted them in our business. Whenever we plan or produce a new product we consider these principles as fundamental to that product. The Terra Madre was the most inspiring function that we have ever attended.
As a result we established networks in our own Australian community, and in particular Aunty Beryl from Sydney who later spoke on behalf of the aboriginal community at the launch of our Pink Lake Salt project. We also met Kate Watson through Slow Food Melbourne who later became a valued employee of our company.”
Pippa French was the winner of our Bundarra Berkshires ham, drawn from this fine Slow Food Puebla hat!
Pick up your pre-ordered Christmas orders hams, pork & charcuterie from Bundarra Berkshires and gammon from Pacdon Park, there’s beer & wine from Avonmore Biodynamics, sparkling shiraz from Peregrine Ridge, Larderfresh Nougat, the award winning fruit Christmas cakes by Di’s Rhubarb, fresh summer fruit ….. blueberries, strawberries & stone fruit (cherries!!), pistachios, walnuts. If baked goods are your ticket, Tivoli Road are doing mince pies, Christmas cakes, eggnog doughnuts and gingerbread!
We have some special guests .. Peninsula Seafood and Myrtleford Butter Factory are coming along, as are Sustainable Table. Kris Kringle gift ideas include nougat, honey, jams, chutneys, fruit trees, butter crocks and more
There will also be gift wrapping available for a donation to the CFA,and Melbourne Farmers’ Markets will have their new cotton canvas bags available.
See you there!
Join us for an action packed day hosted by Cameron Smith of Triple R’s Eat It show.
Nonna Power cooking demonstrations kick off at 10:30am with Cam showing us the wonder of parsnip in a skordalia, paired with McIvor Farm pork and fennel sausages.
At 11:30am, Shuki (of Shuki & Louisa) will let us in on his mother’s recipe for lamb on cinnamon sticks, served with a seasonal salad.
Finally at 12:30pm, Cam will whip up an irresistible sweet treat using market produce: nuts, honey, perhaps some fair trade chocolate.
Throughout the day, Fair Food Kids are invited to join us in making vegetable face masks, chalk drawings and designing seed packets. Plant a seed and take it home to grow!
No bookings are necessary and all activities are free of charge. This is a Slow Food Melbourne initiative, supported by Transition Towns Hobson’s Bay.