Updated: Nov 7, 2022
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Situated on the beautiful Comboyne Plateau on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Grazed & Grown Farm has evolved from a desire for wellness and a passion for the land by the Armstrong family; Pete, Bec, Miah and Skye.
Their passion is in farming the most nutrient dense food possible without the use of chemicals, herbicides or pesticides. To do this they nurture the land itself through regenerative practices.
Pete told us, “It’s no secret that a healthy diet supports a healthy body and a healthy mind; trying to fill the house with incredibly nutritious foods can be challenging. Our answer was to grow as much of our own food as possible, and source other foods locally from like minded people.“
Caring for the land
Farm animals are forever moving in a rotational pattern across the pastures, scratching up the earth and trampling in manure as they pass. When they return there is an abundance of lush vegetation and a plethora of insect species to nourish them.
The family works with animal nutritionists and scientists from Australia and abroad to provide a complete balanced diet for their animals, to help reach their goals.
To lend nature a hand is the simple approach to their farming practices. To let nature do the hard work. By rotating their herds, mobs and flocks over the pastures they are increasing the abundance and diversity of biological activity in the soil leading to increased soil carbon, increased humates, and increased ability of the soil to absorb and hold water, acting like a sponge where the microbial activity works to feed nutrients in the soil to the plant roots.
The parcel of land farmed was once home to a thriving rainforest where the rich volcanic soil would have been as fertile as the best soils on earth. The Armstrongs aim is to rebuild and regenerate the soil to its prime. It may take more than one lifetime, but the work has begun.
Chickens, Pigs, Cows & Dorper Sheep!
Grazed & Grown farm are committed to producing the most nutrient dense eggs possible without adding artificial hormones. The flock of chickens roam freely on the lush fields under the watchful eyes of their guardian maremmas. They are also fed the best chemical and pesticide free, certified sustainable mash to supplement their diet.
Heritage breed pigs, a cross between the Old Black English Princess breed and the traditional Wessex Saddleback, a rarity amongst pork producers as the market has pushed faster growing, leaner pigs to increase profits. Grazed & Grown value taste and nutrition over profit, their pigs are moved daily to a fresh patch of pasture and are grown a little longer and a little fatter, graze on fresh farm fruits, pastured eggs and certified sustainable mash free of chemicals and antibiotics. The result - a juicy rose coloured, full flavoured meat.
The herd of Angus cattle graze freely on the lush pastures, with a diverse range of fresh pick to choose from. They are grass fed and grass finished, whilst moving around the property in a rotational pattern mowing down the vegetation and trampling in their manure. It takes about two years to grow out cattle naturally. In that time the meat takes on a beautiful flavour and plenty of essential healthy fats.
Dorper sheep have been incorporated into the rotational grazing cycle of the farm. Known for their ability to convert poor quality pasture into rapid weight gain, the dorpers eat the less desirable plants that the other animals leave behind which further adds to the pasture quality over time. They are watched over by the two trainee guardian maremma puppies, Stumpy and Harley.
The family is passionate when it comes to producing highly delicious and nutritious food. As the interest in the farm and their methods grew, an invitation has been extended to visitors, to come to the farm and meet the family, meet the animals and experience the rewarding atmosphere.
Grazed & Grown farm tours are an opportunity to learn about regenerative farming principles and the environmental role they play in capturing carbon, water retention, creating diversity in the soil and dramatically increasing the nutrient content of food.
Join a walk around the farm as you are introduced to the animals including the herd of cows including black Angus, Brangus and some incredibly cute calves. Meet Prince, an Old English Black purebred boar weighing in at well over 350kg, see the adorable Maremma guardian dogs who keep watch over the flock of laying hens and roosters and the pasture raised meat chickens.
Why not bring the family up to meet the animals and show your kids where their food comes from. Pack your own picnic hamper or sample some of Grazed & Grown freshly prepared treats. They offer a range of healthy lunch options, some fresh farm produce and homemade ice-cream.
The Family Friendly Farm Tours are based on the forecast weather. Keep up to date on their social media and subscribe to their mailing list for updates. Mark your calendar for the up coming Farm Tours: 24th, 27th and 28th September and the 2nd and 3rd October. More Info
Pete said, “ It is our pleasure to offer produce to the local marketplace, direct to our customers and at an affordable cost, because fresh nutritious foods shouldn’t cost the earth. “
Grazed & Grown
Ph: Peter 0419 219 994
Ph: Rebecca 0400 164 270
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