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We Would Love Your Vote

We are so blessed to be nominated for another award.

This one is from Business Australia recognising businesses that have been affected by this years drought, fire, floods, and covid, though against the odds are still in business.

We are so appreciative for being featured in our efforts and hope to inspire others who are struggling. Together in business, we can succeed.

Pop on over to vote for us “Saarinen Organics“.

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Know Your Ingredient: Aloe Vera

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Loads of people have an aloe vera plant so they can apply ‘First Aid’ when they burn themselves. All you have to do is snap off a leaf and the slimy mucus comes pouring out—perfect for household injuries and sunburn. Over time, the chemical properties of this substance have been researched and scientists have discovered that aloe vera can be used for so much more, including soothing gastrointestinal inflammation and moisturising healthy skin.

Origin

We source our aloe vera through a company that buys from certified organic farms in Queensland where it grows best. We also grow a small amount on our farm.

History of cultivation

Aloe vera is native to the south-west Arabian peninsula and spread throughout the world by seafaring explorers in the 17th century. Known as the ‘First Aid plant’ and the ‘Burn plant’, aloe vera’s healing properties have long been observed. The first written record of aloe vera is in Ebers Papyrus from 16th Century BC.

Applications

Aloe vera is known for its moisturising action. The vitamins found in aloe vera include B complex, folic acid, vitamin C, and carotene which is a precursor to vitamin A. Because the plant naturally thrives in hot, dry conditions, the juice inside the leaves is full of moisture-laden compounds that are beneficial to human skin.

Want to know more about the amazing properties of aloe vera? I wrote a blog post about it here that talks about five benefits of using aloe vera on your skin.

Find out more about our non-greasy, easily-absorbed day cream with aloe vera here.

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4 AWARDS WON

How blessed are we.

I am so very happy to announce that we have won 4 awards in this years 2020 Ausmumprener awards.

The competition was steep, so many amazing businesses that were all worthy of wins and I was honoured to be sharing a room with them all.

We won

1st place Handmade excellence – from a panel of 3 judges.

2nd place Product, people’s choice award – Thank you so much to all that voted

3rd place in Sustainability – from a panel of 3 judges

3rd place in Regional excellence – from a panel of 3 judges.

To be recognised for all of our hard work over 13 years has just made my heart sing.

Thank you to each and every one of our amazing customers.

I think this win is a win for our region, this shows that our community does support local business.

We also buy from local farmers, this is all about strengthening our local economy.

 

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Night & Day Routine

CORONAVIRUS CARE KIT
For over washed and sanitized hands.

We have decided to bundle these two heroes and discount them to help combat the ever-increasing dry cracked hands pandemic xx

Day and night routine for over washed and sanitized hands to nourish those dry cracked areas.

1. During the day use our nourishing and antibacterial Seaweed Hand Cream that will penetrate quickly without leaving a greasy film on your hands.

2. After a shower and all jobs are done, pop on the Calendula Ointment—which will stay topical where it is needed—to deeply moisturise during the night.

Coronavirus Care Kit

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Seaweed In Skincare for COVID 19

Our new Seaweed Hand Cream for the drying effects of over washing and sanitizing our hands has been flying off the shelves.

We are so proud of this cream, with our collaboration with Jo Lane—who is a marine biologist—who supplies us with her very impressive seaweed (kelp).

Check out our interview with Jo on our Facebook page.

JO LANE SAYS
“Have you ever thought about when you swim in the ocean how good and invigorated you feel afterward, the ocean has over 40 different minerals, some of which are vital for our bodies health and immune system.”

“Seaweed is a great addition to skincare, it has a high mineral content, vitamins, amino acids, and biologically active ingredients, it also has omega 3 and omega 6 oils which promote cell regeneration and skin health.”

“The properties of kelp are great to cleanse, nourish, hydrate, and enrich the skin. Ever notice while walking on the beach seaweed (kelp) washed up, after lying in the sun for hours it still retains moisture and elasticity, it’s these same properties that make it fantastic for nourishing and hydrating your skin.”

We take this another step and use seaweed in our skincare range.

Seaweed Nourishing & Antibacterial cream for over washed COVID 19 hands

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COVID 19 Hand Care Solutions

Due to demand we have put our thinking caps on and recognised a big problem.

We are all doing the right thing, washing and sanitizing our hands to get rid of coronavirus.
Unfortunately, it is creating a major problem—severe irritations, dry cracked skin, and bleeding skin.

We have created a solution—a cream that soaks in very well and doesn’t leave an oily residue on the skin, so you can go about your day quickly.

We have been joint venturing with Jo Lane and understand how amazing seaweed is to heal and nourish the skin.

So we have decided to create a seaweed and apple cider vinegar tincture with nourishing and antibacterial essential oils, and herbs.

Click on the link below as we catch up on all that has been happening.
Remember your sanitizer must contain 70% or more alcohol to be effective and moisturise 20 minutes after you sanitize.

Catch Up

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COVID 19 — Coronavirus, Sanitizing & Washing Your Hands

HAND SANITISER🤚
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FACTS
From the World Health Organization.

A hand sanitizer to be effective to kill the virus it needs to be 70% alcohol!!! 😲

This is so important, I bought one that was 76% alcohol that I use in my lab, wow, so strong! 👌🙌

Then I bought another online, when I got it I found it was only 6% alcohol and mainly aloe vera, so disappointed. 😢👎

Be careful, read the labels.🤓

A lower percentage of alcohol is fine for normal practices, though if you are out and about and can’t wash your hands and relying on a hand sanitizer, make sure it has 70% alcohol or over to kill the virus xx

Love this post of what hand sanitizing is doing to our hands.🤣

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Go Fund me – Bush fire eco affected business NSW

After a exhausting start to the year (see our below post) has left us about 5 years behind of where we were.

We are so proud to have created our eco permaculture farm, built by us over 18 years, with no loans at all apart from the initial purchase of our land.

Even though our home is insured our farm is not, this was a financial decision and unfortunately all that burnt was not insured ie fences, tanks, poly pipe, orchard trees, crops and orchard netting.

We have started up a go fund me page to help us get back on our feet and our orchards and fencing and irrigation all back to where it was.

When and during we would also love to have any visits from anyone to be part of or just have a look at our farm as a thank you for your help.

Please click on the link below to see our full story which will also take you to our Go Fund me page for our Bushfire affected eco business.

https://www.gofundme.com/f/fire-affected-eco-farm?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet

 

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BUSH FIRE IMPACT

Wow what a start to the year.

For all our social media followers you will know that we have been impacted by the NSW fires, for those who don’t this is our story.

We invested the most we have ever done, with an amazing 2019, even with the drought and 3 failed crops.With 12 years in business, well supported with articles in ABC earthgarden mag, tv interviews, innovation hub award we were set to rocket in 2020 with every day in January devoted to a pop up shop or market’s from mallacoota to bermi with the hope of finally getting ahead…..and than the fires hit, all market’s cancelled, our income lost.

December 2019

The first one b4 new years we were to late to leave, we had to bunker down, it was 3km away,
our farm survived.

JANUARY 2020

In the next week we were hunting for fuel and food as panic set in with 10s of thousands of tourist up and         down the coast, all roads out were blocked.
When it was safe all tourist were evacuated, all roads available out were at a snail pace for days.

A meeting we had in our small rural town, full to the brim the news was grim.
“There will be no help, there will be no planes, it will be just us, the danger is high, stay and you will die”

Our animals we had to leave, as prepared to stay we were, we had to flee. Then the sky turned orange than day to night, the fire spread quickly through the night, a 60km monster devoured our state from the Vic border to nethercote in one night.

Our property survived, back we went again to prepare, all week again we racked and mowed we taped our windows and moved our stock, exhausted for 2 weeks we have fought.

To the ground I fell with tears as I read, once more you must flee, the monster is awake once more.

Of the millions donated we still had no help, again we were told no one will come! Our town is without fuel, on the craziest night of all, the fire trucks here had to siphon fuel from a willing local.

We are in our safe house kindly donated in pambula, as I sit I not only worry of my farm and my friends, my hubby is up there to voluntary fire fight to save the town.

All I ask is one simple thing, to support rural business in any way you can, the money DONATED is really good, where it is going I cannot say, its certainty not in our small town.
Our bega mayor is a amazing lady she listens to us and is trying to help.
I haven’t had time to listen to the news, the ABC local fire station, fire apps and facebook updates are all I have done.

As we wait this monster out, 2morrow is another D day, Catastrophic it is labeled, a state emergency it is, will our farm be there, I worry if not will the insurance pay, all I know not.

That night we spent it down the beach, our fire clothes on and dogs on a leash, exhaustion is now greater than fear, its all to normal to be fleeing again, face masks and fire blankets are always on hand.

our farm survived that catastrophic day.

Back we went, we worked some more, working bees to cut dead drought trees out, smoke so thick every day, older livestock died out there, no fresh air to hard to breath.

No school holidays fun, 3 days at home than evacuation notice again, and again, UNTIL……

1st of FEBRUARY 2020

Saturday night we knew would come, our fire chief warned us well.
We packed and moved and raked and cleared and watered and prepared all month, 7 evacuations, 2 near misses and than the one that got us.

Our product, ingredients and house hold treasures, our 50 some animals, all in 5 days, to safety so far away, we were helped by friends so dear to my heart.

It came with force, so dangerous and

fast, poor gregg wasn’t allowed to stay and fight for his own farm.
A volunteer fire fighter he is, all week he has fought along side his fellow volunteers, other peoples places he defended and saved while he knew ours was left to burn. A police road block, no one was left to defend their farm up our mountain it was far to dangerous to stay.

To dangerous to go to our farm until the wee hours of the night he saw from the truck, through thick smoke and flames, the headlights and ash, with tears in his eyes he could not even breath “how the hell is that still there” he said to his mates. there in thick smoke our dear house standing proud, made out of straw and clay with our bear hands.

For the fate of the rest of our farm we did not know as trees were down, than finally we were allowed to go and see.

To our permaculture farm we went in the morning, the drive through our once lush furned forrest was black and charcoal, so hot it burnt nothing was left, i wasn’t prepared for that.

With a very heavy heart i must say first my beloved garden now is burnt beyond repair, our fruit trees and herbs so

Though what a relief as we turned the corner, my lab standing there so tall and so proud, all our buildings cannot believe are still there, a little battle scarred here and there, but there they are, we cant believe our eyes.me burnt to the ground.

Our neighbours aren’t as lucky as us, all is lost all up the hill, only 2 stand still, all the rest are gone, so hot it burnt not a shrub in sight. So many homes and farms are lost all around us, so much loss and sadness, i neighbour in hospital, so much to heal.

What a month its been, 7 evacuations, 2 near misses and one that got us, exhausted we are, now we must heel, so much work to be done, our lives are upside down, we don’t know where to start, but i do know we will.

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IN THE MEDIA

Wow we have had pearler of a year, so much media we can hardly keep up, so in a nut shell

An article in

Pip magazine – fantastic Permaculture mag https://www.pipmagazine.com.au/
South coast mag  with a fantastic 6 page spread – https://www.southcoaststyle.com.au/?s=saarinen+organics
The nude horse – https://thenudehorse.com.au/
Bega newspaper
Merimbula newspaper
Eden newspaper
ABC radio
2ec Radio
Pambula comunity radio
Win TV
to come Iacelerate TV
Nine news

Wow what a year, so grateful xx

 

 

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Know Your Ingredient: Stinging Nettle

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Stinging nettles are those pesky weeds in the back paddock, right? Most people recall getting zapped by one of these plants when they were a kid but what many people don’t realise is that the phytochemicals that cause the stinging sensation are also extremely beneficial to humans when used medicinally.

Origin

Originating from Europe, stinging nettles are found all over the world, including in cultivation on our farm. Many people think of stinging nettles as a weed but this extraordinary plant has a lot of therapeutic properties for the skin, urinary system, lactation, and joints.

History of cultivation

If you’ve ever had a kidney infection and you like alternative therapies, there’s a good chance you’re familiar with nettle tea. Smells a bit like fresh cowpats.

Nettles have been used in Austrian traditional medicine for centuries and pagans used nettle tea as a lactation aid. In Ecuador, there are indigenous healers that use stinging nettles to improve fatigue and circulation. They either rub raw leaves directly onto their patient’s skin or they flog them with bundles of the herb. I guess that would wake you up!

Applications

Nettle extracts are used in skincare because they are chock-a-block full of calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper, and they possess anti-inflammatory qualities.

Want to check out our day cream with sunscreen that has nettle in it? Check it out here.

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A Win For Us

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Wow, what an amazing 4 months we have had.

Gregg and I were lucky enough to be accepted into the iAccelerate program that is run by the University of Wollongong through the Bega Valley Innovation Hub.

Only 7 businesses were accepted into the program so we were over the moon. It was a very intensive business course, we were overwhelmed most of the time though with support we got a lot out of it.

At the end of the course we all had to pitch our business plan to a panel of university judges and the Mayor of Bega.

It was a great honour to have been named the winners of an innovative business for the Bega Valley. WOOHOO! We also took out second place in people’s choice.

We are so humbled and now opportunities are flying in the door as we start to develop our business plan that involves many new and exciting things.

Stay tuned as we start to roll them out and we will let you all know.

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Sea Change Meets Tree Change

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Sea change meets tree change.

Click on the link below to view our lovely video together.

https://vimeo.com/327417191

Kay Saarinen and Jo Lane are playing with seaweed and it’s paying off for both of them.
The two women have formed a business partnership based on the principles of permaculture:
local, sustainable, and natural.

Kay is the founder and creator of Saarinen Organics, a skincare range that uses organic Australian
ingredients and Jo is a marine biologist who owns and runs Sea Health Products, a business that
turns wild-harvested Golden Kelp into nutraceuticals.

Jo’s seaweed story began when she processed a fisheries permit for Scott Long, the son of Betty
Long, the woman who pioneered the Australian seaweed industry. It piqued Jo’s interest and when
Scott put the business up for sale, she took the plunge and bought it.

That was four years ago. Today she harvests kelp, washes it in rainwater, dries it in the sun on
racks, and then turns it into powder or granules that can be added to smoothies, salads and taken
as a dietary supplement. She has recently started experimenting with smoked seafood flakes
that have more flavour than her standard product.

Having recently won a Churchill Fellowship, Jo is about to travel to Korea for the International
Seaweed Symposium where she will visit some of the largest seaweed farms in the world. Her
plan is to learn more about ocean farming so that she can look at implementing these aquaculture
techniques in Australia. She is currently testing seaweed propagation methods with the help of the
local university.

The benefits of farming seaweed are not just about ensuring a reliable supply of kelp for her
business. Thriving kelp forests improve ocean health, biodiversity, and also create a carbon
sink.

When asked what the nutritional benefits of eating seaweed are, Jo says, “Seaweed is like a
natural multivitamin and contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as
iodine that helps regulate the thyroid.”

Sea Health Products sponsors, Jack Hewish, Australian Enduro National mountain bike
champion, who uses it for muscle recovery while some of her other customers use it to treat their
arthritis and thyroid issues.

Seaweed has been used therapeutically for centuries in both Asia and Europe. Jo says there are
spas in Ireland where people bathe with seaweed.
“It’s said to be anti-ageing, antioxidant, and anti-cellulite,” she says.
The benefits don’t stop there, though.

Kay has started using Jo’s seaweed products in her skincare range. She uses the powder in a face
mask, makes a tincture from the raw product that she adds to her day cream, and uses the
granules in the coffee scrub.
Kay says that seaweed is moisturising, nourishing and has a high silica content that boosts
collagen production in the skin.
Because Kay’s products use the whole plant, they are less reactive with the skin than products that
use seaweed extracts.

Kay says that she loves working with Jo because she’s a scientist.
“I know that her information is good. She knows everything about her product—how to harvest,
when to harvest, what to harvest—her expertise guarantees the quality of the product,” she says.
“It’s a great partnership because we both have science behind us and we both believe in helping
people live healthy, sustainable lives,” says Kay.

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Know Your Ingredient: Lavender

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What do England, France, and Italy have in common, apart from making great cheese? They all have their own kinds of lavender. This fragrant plant is drought-resistant, beautiful to look at, and the bees love it! The best thing for us is that it has some powerful therapeutic uses when included in skincare formulations.
 

Origin

We source our lavender from passionate local growers, Mount Darragh Lavender, in the Bega Valley, Wyndham, NSW. The team over there have been growing lavender for 20 years and use a chemical-free distillation method—the slow and steady, old-fashioned way using wood-burning stills—to create a top-end oil that is pure perfection.

History of cultivation

The first recorded use of lavender was during Roman times, but almost certainly goes back further than that. There are 47 species of lavender that grow wild from Europe, through Africa, and right across to Asia. What most people know as lavender is Lavandula angustifolia, otherwise known as English lavender or true lavender.

Applications

Lavender is known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and the oil has been used in topical treatments for skin for centuries. It is also an effective mosquito repellant. The leaves can be made into a tea, or used as a culinary herb, much like rosemary. The flowers are also used to flavour cakes and desserts. Because it smells so pleasant, it is commonly used to fragrance bath products but when it comes to Saarinen products, we include it because of its gentle healing power.
 
LAVENDER ANGUSTIFOLIA
 
We use Mt Darragh Lavender, Angustifolia essential oil in our face skincare as it is low in camphor and gentle to use on your skin, which means it doesn’t burn the pores open.
 
LAVENDER GROSSO
 
We also use Mt Darragh Grosso lavender essential oil, which is very high in camphor and mainly used for the body as the skin can handle the high camphor from the neck down.
We use it in the following creams:
 
 

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Great News

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Wonderful news.

We have been accepted for a government grant to do a course through the University of Wollongong—iAccelerate.

A really good course to boost the exposure of small rural businesses.

Out of over 20 businesses that applied only 7 were accepted. WIN TV news was there to capture this fantastic opportunity.

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Free Replacement — Night And Day Cream

NIGHT CREAM AND HEAT
Hello to our lovely customers! We do all we can to ensure our creams are kept in our cool room and also in cooling systems while travelling and at the markets.

Though with unbearable heatwaves across Australia we understand that homes will be hotter than usual, so we would like to offer that if any of our most volatile two creams—our night and day (which are preservative-free)—if they just don’t seem right we will happily replace them, as we are well supported we want to support you too xx

Please message me if you have any questions and your address for a replacement.

Kind regards,

Kay Saarinen

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HYPERICUM CREAM VARIABLE now available

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Due to very popular demand we are happy to announce we are now making our Hypericum cream in 100ml and 200ml.

Most people tell us that the 150ml bottles just aren’t big enough and people also wanted a bottle for the handbag or school bag.

Our Hypericum cream we have had a huge success with people who have extremely dry skin that is so tight that it itches. We make it with a Apple cider vinegar tincture with the Hypericum, so it’s not for the faint hearted with a strong smell of Vinegar and earthy herbs with antibacterial essential oils, honey and of course our permaculture grown herbs infused in ionised water.

Click here to see the new sizes we have on offer for our Hypericum cream

Take a look at our video of what hypericum is used for (even though it is the 150ml bottle)

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The Design Files Article — Seed To Skin Eco Skincare by Saarinen Organics

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Self-Sufficient Living + Skincare At Saarinen Organics

Regional

While our regional column has to date covered the inspiring tales behind small-scale food, flower, and wool producers, this latest trip features something fresh—skincare!

We journey to Wyndham, New South Wales, to meet the family behind Saarinen Organics, the tree changers whose fortuitous shift from food production to skincare finally made their farm a viable business.

14th January 2019

In the outskirts of the small township of Wyndham, on the far south coast of New South Wales, Kay Saarinen (47) is harvesting handfuls of fresh herbs from her garden, a wide-brimmed hat protecting her from the afternoon sun. 

The property that Kay shares with her husband Gregg (54) and young daughter Gemma is an extraordinary example of self-sufficient living in our modern world.  

While the ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘sustainability’ movement in Australia has gone from niche interest to marketplace mainstream in a remarkably short time, for most of us, working on reducing our environmental footprint is a relatively new concept. 

Kay and Gregg, on the other hand, have been living this way long before the terms became popular hashtags. ‘We were into sustainable living back when it was considered weird, and only something that dirty hippies did!’ laughs Kay. 

“In my grandmother’s day, everyone used to live in a self-sufficient manner. It was common, even in suburbia, to have a veggie garden. But after the industrial revolution and supermarkets became the norm, suddenly it was very uncool to grow your own food.”

That was still the case 16 years ago when the couple made their tree change and abandoned their ‘very not environmentally friendly’ careers to pursue a life of self-sufficiency. “We were both working in two incredibly wasteful industries at the time, Gregg as a carpenter, and myself as a chef. We were both doing great, but we were spending our days working in complete opposition to our values,” says Kay. 

They decided to ‘give the dream a go’ and moved from their home in Queensland to the six-acre property in Wyndham.When we first moved here, all we had was an old caravan, a burnt-out shed, and a heck of a lot of blackberry bushes.” The couple lived in the caravan for almost five years while they built their straw bale home.  

“At the time we wanted to do absolutely everything ourselves. We actually dug up all the clay, made the mud, brought all the water and sand up from the creek. We had no power tools because we had no electricity, so it was all done by hand.” Kay describes their early years on the property as ‘extreme’ and in the end, they burnt out quickly. 

“We were keeping chickens, milking goats, making our own cheese, growing our own food. We had no running water or electricity. For a few years, we sold our fruit and vegetables locally, but it was so hard to make a decent income from that, and we had loan repayments to make!” explains Kay.I think we went too alternative too quickly and perhaps should have substituted our income rather than giving everything up all at once.”

The birth of the couple’s daughter forced them to rethink their approach.Once Gemma came along we knew we had to work something out—either we had to sell the property or find another way to make an income. It was a really difficult time for us.”

“Then when Gemma was six-months-old she got eczema. I’d been studying naturopathy at the time and reading about how to use herbs to treat different skin ailments. So I made an ointment for her and it worked beautifully.”

“I decided to make up a few different herbal creams using what I’d learned in my studies and take them to my local market. We completely sold out that first day, and after that things just started to fall into place. I continued my studies and it just grew from there.”

The Saarinen Organics eco skincare range now includes 42 products. The couple grows all the herbs on-farm and manufactures all the creams, ointments, herbal infusions, and tinctures on site. “What we can’t grow here we purchase as locally as possible, and always use certified organic to ensure the quality of our products.” 

Finally finding their calling meant the couple was able to put money back into the farm. The property now boasts two huge orchards, a large solar system, a solar bore for ample water, composting toilets, and is 100% off the grid, self-sufficient in water, electricity, heating, and food. 

They also run farm tours and host local school groups learning about permaculture.It’s fantastic that being self-sufficient isn’t a dirty word anymore. We can go to the markets and put out our sign that says “Permaculture Farm” and everyone thinks it’s wonderful. We’ve been waiting a long time for that!” beams Kay. “It’s such a beautiful thing that an eco-sustainable business has been able to help fund the kind of sustainable lifestyle we’d always dreamed of having.”

Will Work For Food is a creative partnership between writer Karen Locke photographer Honey Atkinson, who are working to elevate the importance of sustainable, ethically produced food. Find out more on their blog Willworkforfood.com.au.

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THe heat and our products

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NIGHT and DAY CREAM AND HEAT
Hello to our lovely customers, we do all we can to ensure our creams are kept in our cool room and also in cooling systems while traveling and at the markets.

Though with unbearable heat waves across Australia we understand that homes will be incredibly hotter than usual so we would like to offer that if any of our most volatile 2 creams, our night and day which are preservative free, if they just don’t seem right we will happily replace them, as we are well supported we want to support you to xx

Please message me if you have any questions and also your details so i can pop one in the post for you free xx