'This current drought is not predicted to end until April or May next year, so for us having plenty of water to go through a hot summer is an enormous relief. All of this in what some people describe as the worst drought in 100 years and we have plenty of water.'
It was a privilege as well as invigorating and fun to spend time with such a clever craftsman and a butcher who is so closely aligned with our own way of thinking.
There's a growing appreciation for the superior welfare and flavour outcomes of eating older animals with slower-growing genetics.
Despite the prolonged and horrific dry climatic conditions across the state and beyond, Gundooee Organics has been fairing relatively well in regards providing quality and organically-certified feed for the cattle.
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 facing 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'*.