We have an 80 hectare olive grove that was planted in the ’40s and ’50s. We started farming in the early nineties, a strong contrast to our previous lives in Melbourne working in health (Jane) and the public sector (Neil). We were struck by the beauty of the area and keen to farm biodynamically.
We’ve always kept a garden at home for ourselves – in fact we moved from Essendon to Keilor in order to have more space for chickens and a larger garden. We started growing things that we missed from Italy when we first came to Australia, but now we like to try growing everything, to see whether it will produce for us. Growing food is natural for us; our families in Italy did it and we can really taste the difference between the food we grow and what you can buy.
We are a family run artisan pasta business. We make everything by hand using traditional techniques and our Italian family’s recipes. This is how my family has been making pasta, lasagnes and pizzas for years. It’s a dying art that we want to preserve.
Rodney grew up on a cattle farm, but diversified into beekeeping in his early twenties. Now bees take up most of his time. Sons Don & Greg also work full time in the apiary, at markets and preparing our honey for sale. We are located in North East Victoria – as beekeepers this provides a great range of landscape and bush to keep our bees healthy. Our bees are located in natural bush sites anywhere from the Murray to the Mountains depending on what plants or trees are flowering in any given area.