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My wife and I, both brought up in Sydney were discouraged by the food system especially some of the options for our children and this gave us the confidence to leave both our careers behind with the intention of developing a company to grow high quality, ethically grown integrity protein for our local community.
About the farm: Stumbling upon American farmer Joel Salatin and being overwhelmed by his production on such low acreage, we purchased a blackberry filled 100 acre property in 2015 and used his model of mimicking nature and a highly rotational template to start our own regenerative agricultural farm. Our animals roam freely in chemical free paddocks, without any pharmaceuticals, unburdened by sheds and conventional farming methods they thrive free to roam in our paddocks. We use an intense rotational system incorporating pigs, chickens, ducks and cows. Together the aggressive movement of these animals has eliminated weeds, rebuilt topsoil and through the improvement of perennial pastures, sequester tonnes of carbon back into the topsoil. The growth curve has been fast and we now produce over 3.5 tonne of eggs, beef, pork, chicken and of course duck. Our company is incredibly low input with the use of human beings instead of diesel and much more walking time than tractor hours. We are honoured our company is supported by GameFarm, Feather and Bone Providores and some amazing chefs such as Matt Moran, Peter Gilmore and Neil Perry.
Maremma Free Range Ducks: Maremma free range duck is a true free range, pasture raised bird, free to roam in 10 acre silvo-pastured cells as part of a highly rotational land healing regenerative agricultural system. All of our animals have access to water from the Wombeyan Caves aquifer which is very pure drinking water. Our ducks also have access to something we have developed called a dunk tank which gives them access to clean water for bathing and good beak health which is imperative for the health of water fowl. The birds eat a non GMO grain supplement that completes a diet of grasses, bugs, worms and anything else they can find. Predator protection is achieved by Maremma dogs which patrol the ten acre cells and guarantee zero fatality. We limit stock density to 500 birds per cell and all birds have plenty of access to shade and wind protection. Because we allow these animals to live freely in the wild without any sheds or confinement the meat is much more tender and the amount of fat is increased and the flavour unbeatable.
The future: We hope to encourage other producers to incorporate some of our farming methodology. We believe we have now proved that some of the conventional farming methods like a reliance on pharmaceuticals and chemical fertilisation are out-dated and with the right management can be avoided all together. The more people sourcing and consuming our nutrient dense natural produce, the less people consume chemical base artificial foods that are detrimental to their health. Without opening up a climate change debate its a known fact that perennial based rotational farming is the most efficient way of sequestering carbon and the more successful this company is, the more land we can nurture and heal.