It’s not often you hear of a boy growing up in a peri-urban area with a dream of being a farmer. But if you want something badly enough, you can make it happen. Not only is he now farming for a living – he and his partner have turned conventional agriculture on its head. The Food Farm uses time-tested slow and regenerative farming practices on the NSW Central Coast, just on the outskirts of Sydney. It has given their customers a rare personal connection with the food they eat. Tim Eyes and Hannah Greenshields join us from The Food Farm and we discuss:
Their favourite place on the farm.
Tim and Hannah are first-generation farmers and are living proof that is it possible to farm by leasing land, not buying.
Tim shares why he chose to pursue this career path.
After attending Ag College, Tim’s outlook on farming shifted away from conventional methods.
A big part of what Tim and Hannah are trying to change is connection we have with our food – the average food basket has travelled over 70 000 kms by the time we pick it up.
Tim says, ‘The amount of vegetarians and vegans that come back to meat once they can trust how it's farmed, and that we cared for that animal, is astonishing.’
They give customers the chance to shake the hand that feeds them and, the regular meat drop-off direct to customer.
The benefits to farming regeneratively and their observations about soil and animal welfare.
So, what do Tim and Hannah love most about life on the land?
The most unexpected thing to happen since starting The Food Farm.
Common misconceptions about their work.
Their ultimate dream for the future.
We hope to see you back on the road soon, to learn more about how Australia grows on the next episode of Australian Farmers with Angie Asimus.