But all the farms we represent are organised around the philosophy that each element in the system is inextricably connected to the others and, consequently, all farms are managed using regenerative, holistic management practices that are designed to optimise plant, animal and environmental health.
Most of the farmers we represent would happily accept the Joel Salatin description and call themselves 'soil farmers'. While the output for the end consumer might be a gorgeous leg of bio-dynamic lamb or a tray of plump sausages, back at the farm, the producer is concentrated on promoting a rich, healthy, biodiverse ecosystem.
Healthy soil is the foundation on which everything else depends. Soil that's alive, friable and full of humus provides a fertile home for plants, allowing roots to penetrate and access critical minerals and nutrients. Healthy, vigorous plants provide a fertile home and diet for animals living on pasture and the animals, in turn, fertilise the soil. Well-tended animals with good genetics that live free to range on healthy pastures are guaranteed high welfare standards and, in turn, provide us with a healthier and more rewarding eating experience.
We go out on farm trips about five or six times a year and we try to visit all the farms we represent as often as possible. It's our job to answer all your questions, even those you didn't even know you should be asking. It's our responsibility to provide you with all the information you need to make the right choices for you and anyone else you're feeding. Read our guiding principles. They determine who we work with, what we buy and how we run our business.
Who we work with, how often and for how long
Over the past 13 years, we've visited over 80 farms and worked with many of them in one way or another. Some farmers are like family - we've been buying from them regularly each fortnight or month for 10 years and we feel as though we've grown up together. With others, the relationship is regular but seasonal, so we'll buy from them each year when they have stock to spare. Others were part of our core group of suppliers and very dear to us but their lives changed and they decided to retire or move onto other pursuits. In every situation, we've been enriched by the exchange and learned much about ecological farming and how to work with producers.
There are some restaurants and retailers who present to consumers in a way that makes it appear that they only, or mainly, source from sustainable producers, despite only rarely buying these products. This is deceptive and misleading but consumers often aren't in a position to disprove or question these claims.
Because of this, we think it's important to be transparent about how often we receive produce from the farmers we're working with and how long we've worked with them.
These are the farmers we currently represent.
Allyn River Galloway, Barrington Tops, NSW
Whole body deliveries as available since March 2019
Ashrose Belted Galloway, Orange, NSW
Whole body monthly deliveries as available since July 2012
Burraduc Buffalo Dairy, Bunghwahl, NSW
Fortnightly deliveries since May 2017
The Gourmet Goat Lady, Collie, NSW
Whole body fortnightly deliveries since November 2011
Cornersmith pickles, Marrickville, NSW
Monthly deliveries since September 2013
Country Valley Dairy, Picton, NSW
Weekly deliveries since November 2017
Extraordinary Pork, Eumungerie, NSW
Whole body fortnightly deliveries since February 2016
Farmer Browns Pastured Eggs, Spicers Creek, NSW
Weekly or fortnightly since 2015
Franckins Farm biodynamic veal, Comboyne, NSW
Whole body fortnightly or monthly deliveries since May 2011
Glenburnie Black Angus beef and Hampshire Down lamb, Koo Wee Rup, Vic
Whole body fortnightly deliveries, seasonally, since August 2017
Grassland Poultry - Sommerlad Heritage birds, 12 Mile, NSW
Whole bird fortnightly deliveries since August 2017
Gundooee Organic Wagyu, Leadville, NSW
Whole body monthly deliveries since June 2010
Inglewood Organic Chicken, Inglewood, QLD
Weekly deliveries since July 2014
Katie Swift cordials, Marrickville, NSW
Fortnightly or monthly deliveries since November 2015
Karrabool Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Mudgee, NSW
Monthly deliveries since November 2011
Malfroys Gold Honey, Blue Mountains, NSW
Deliveries every two months or so since December 2011
Melanda Park Pastured Pork, Ebenezer, NSW
Whole body weekly or fortnightly deliveries since June 2010
Moorlands Farm biodynamic Texel lamb, Biala, NSW
Whole body monthly or fortnightly deliveries when seasonally available each year since June 2010
New Horizons Dorper lamb, Riverina, NSW
Whole body fortnightly or monthly since September 2011
Nonie's Food gluten-free breads, Botany, NSW
Fortnightly or weekly since August 2016
OxHill Organics eggs, Wauchope, NSW
Weekly or fortnightly deliveries as available since October 2014
Pepe Saya cultured butter, Caringbah, NSW
Fortnightly deliveries since March 2014
Pillar Rock pastured pork , Binaway, NSW
Whole body fortnightly or monthly since September 2011
Saulsbury Berkshire pigs, Frogmore, NSW
Whole body deliveries when available since September 2017
South Hill Farm Black Angus beef and Rose Angus veal, Wildes Meadow, NSW
Whole body monthly or seasonal deliveries each year since July 2010
Sweetwater Farm Organic Garlic, West Kempsey, NSW
Seasonal deliveries annually since March 2013
Wallendbeen Park pastured pork and Speckled Park beef, Hilltops region, NSW
Whole body fortnightly or monthly as available since April 2017
Working with Nature pastured eggs, Guyra, NSW
Weekly or fortnightly deliveries as available since November 2014
One of our first farm trips to Highland Heritage pigs in 2007. Feral three was younger then.