Meet our farmers - Echo Valley Farm

Juanita & Randal Breen - Echo Valley Farm

How long have you been supplying to Food Connect? Since 2015

Where are you located? Goomburra Valley, Southern Downs (Bundjalung land)

What do you produce? Pastured eggs, pastured pork (fresh & cured), grass-fed beef, seasonal veggies

What methods and philosophies do you follow? Stacked, integrated, multi-species regenerative farming

When, why and how did you become a farmer? In 2014 we took the dive into first generation farming after attending a seminar with Joel Salatin at Gatton Uni. His inspiring talk and journey sparked a set of community and social art workers (us) on the path to full time farming! For the last 6 years we have been working on this farming business, continually learning, experimenting and growing. We are passionate about having a food system that is strong, local, ethical, environmentally regenerating and accessible to all.

What does a typical day look like for you? The morning begins with checking all the animals (chickens, pigs & cattle), then feeding the ever-hungry pigs, moving animals onto fresh pasture, then a plethora of different tasks depending on the day and the weather - planting seed and crops, collecting yield stream feed, organic grain collecting, delivering our produce, and all those miscellaneous tasks that like to pop up at inopportune moments.

What do you love about what you do? So much! From spending our days with our animals, healing and working with the environment, feeding our community with nutritious healthy food, and so much more.

Why do you choose to work with Food Connect? It was obvious from our very first connection with Food Connect that their ethics align with our own. They are passionate about changing the food system and making good healthy food accessible to all. They also care about farmers and the environment. A win-win relationship!

What would you most like to see change in how consumers engage with their food?
To understand the who, what, how, where and why of their food production! That is, Who is growing their food? What are they growing? How is it being grown? Where does it come from/is it grown? Why do they grow it that way?