Guided by the principle of never baring the earth and thereby retaining topsoil and moisture, regeneratively-managed farms are generally much more resilient in the face of extreme weather and these farmers don't end up facing the dreadful crises portrayed by the media of farmers forced to shoot skeletal animals and pastures reduced to dust.
Last Sunday, Mr Bone set off on a road trip to visit seven or eight farms starting in the Riverina, up to Orange and back through Mudgee. This is the first report from that trip covering three farms and we'll be posting more as he goes.
We live in a period of unprecedented dissociation from our food sources and we believe it's critically important to 'open up the line of sight between the farm and the consumer'*.
We think the most useful support we can provide is to continue buying their produce.
The idea of having to endure more than one Christmas a year is enough to send us scuttling under the table with a bottle of Poor Tom's finest and a fist full of valium. But, yesterday was the shortest day of the year and it was icy across Southeastern Australia. It got us thinking about winter feasting...
This is one of those tricky moments when we decide to take a risk and tell you a difficult farming story that goes to the heart of what it means to eat animals. It's got all the elements of a powerful morality tale - a baby, a tragic death, a hero and an inescapable fate. Telling you this story could go either way for us.
Feast, because we're offering sensational, 6 week dry aged Gundooee Organic beef prime cuts. Famine, because the fall out from last February's devastating bushfires compounded by drought continues.