Our Team 2020-04-18T07:08:18+00:00

Maureen & Cliff Bayliss – Brookdell Estate

Maureen and Cliff have spent their whole life farming.  They married 51 years ago, and have three children, 7 grandchildren and so far, 10 great grandchildren!

They bought Brookdell farm at Te Uku (a 270ha dry stock farm) just outside Raglan, in 1981. They have spent 37 years nourishing the soil, and raising nutrient dense, healthy stock.  Lovers of the bush, and in an effort to support the environment they converted 150ha of land back into regenerate native bush.

The streams and waterways have been tested to show they are pristine clean and good enough to drink! Which is just as well as they have been drinking out of them for the past 37 years 😊

Maureen and Cliff continue to farm for the love of farming – the love of the land and their animals.  Farming like it’s forever….

Karen O’Kell & Wayne Douglas – Valley Farm

We farm a beautiful valley in Warkworth which enjoys a lot of native bush, streams, great soils and plenty of sunlight and rain.  The farm has been managed biologically for 15 years now and it gives so much joy to see the soil food web in good health and soil creatures large and small are found in abundance.  We work on the basis that if we look after the soil it will look after everything else.

We decided to farm this way after looking closely at the standard farming systems which were showing a decline in the health of soil, plants, animals and ultimately ourselves and we decided this wasn’t for us.  So our journey began and when we looked, we found farmers worldwide adopting green methods and changing their focus, from factory style management to caring loving regenerative management, and this just felt right for us.

We are only caretakers passing through this valley and we share it in equal measure with all the other creatures who are also just passing through, cattle, birds, insects, soil flora and fauna and we make big efforts to ensure the things we do only enhance their lives and we do this by planting habitats for them and planting trees and shrubs which feed and shade them. The land we choose not to use for farming we allow to go to wilderness and the bio diversity has exploded as a result.

It’s easy to be kind and thoughtful and there are many many farmers around the world adopting this more rewarding way of life, we’re just one of them.

Valley Farm ‘community focused agriculture – nourished by nature’

Frans Janssen – Osment Dairy Goats

I am a commercial dairy goat farmer in the Cambridge Waikato area and I farm with a passion regarding pasture and soil. We farm with a firm belief that biological farming is the way of the future.

Our philosophy is about looking after the land and it will look after you.

Here at our farm, we made a conscious decision about what we eat, therefore we chose not to use chemicals on our stock or the land, instead we use 100% natural compost.

Our pasture is a mix of herbal lay, the composting method we use on the soil produces healthy volumes of pasture this improves animal health and production.

The cattle we raise on our farm are reared in paddocks with space and shelter areas, we keep a low stocking rate as this means less impact on the pasture, and improved beef from the individual animal.

Jeff Graham & Cuiqin Xu’s – Never For Get

My health has made me realise chemicals and farming are not a good mix.  I have been farming biologically for 16 years, during which time, I have owned a dairy goat operation that won several awards for our cheeses in NZ and we did the top productions ever done in NZ.  Using our own compost, I have been able to balance my soils (where good quality food starts) increase production, and grow diverse herbal lay pastures of 12 different types, this is like a salad which my stock love and are much healthier on them.

I have been involved with the environment farming awards, which has put me in contact with other like-minded people, and continue to farm my small farm at Cambridge using biological farming practices.  I raise mostly Canadian speckle park cattle that are known for their good marbling, and from time to time, have various other animals that decide to make their homes on the property (meet Zoey the fallow deer who believes her right of place is the living room and not outside in a paddock!)

Fiona Graham & Family – Pukeatua Peak

Pukeatua Peak is our family farm located on the southern slopes of Maungatautari ecological reserve, in Pukeatua.  Pukeatua Peak has been in the family for four generations. A large portion of the farm is covered in native bush that is full of  many native birds, over the years my family has and continues to protect our slice of heaven to make sure it is there for future generations to enjoy.

Currently the farm is being used as a dairy goat farm run by myself with the help of my two children and family. Along with the goats our farm is home to cattle, sheep and horses! on our farm we strive to have healthy happy animals , we believe that this starts with what you feed them, our pastures are fertilized with our own compost that has been made by us on the farm. All of our stock are grazed on lush nutrient rich pastures to ensure they are in optimal condition.

Ian & Stacey Beattie – Stannilands Pastoral

We farm at Ruawai on the northern shores of the beautiful Kaipara harbour. We farm using biological philosophies and principles. This holistic approach ensures healthy soils, healthy animals and healthy people.

We are excited to partner with Grandads Beef to supply you the beef you deserve to eat, after all it was my Grandad that instilled in me, a genuine love of the land and a love of our animals. His simple ethos of “If you look after the land, it will look after you” has never had more importance in this era of fully intensified and mass production agriculture.

We farm with an emphasis on healthy environment and healthy soil and ultimately healthy cattle. We often receive comment from dinner guests how good our home kill beef tastes and we only select the best of our best cattle for Grandads Beef because quite frankly if it’s not good enough to go on my plate, its not going to make it to yours.

Hewlett Family – Hewlett Point

Hewlett Point is a 570 acre sheep and beef farm on the south side of the Whangarei Harbour.  Our family has lived here since the 1870’s, the 5th, 6th and 7th generations currently live on the farm. We love living on this land and feel a strong connection to it – farming is part of our heritage.

We farm unintensively, giving our animals the best quality of life we can.  We use biological farming methods, which involves the use of natural fertilisers, resulting in healthier animals and people.  By being caretakers of the land, we have an opportunity to leave good soils, plenty of trees and a biodiverse environment for generations to come.

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