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Victoria
Australia

Believers in traditional food preparation, ecological farming, trade without money and living a waste-free lifestyle. | We are all about thoughtful consumerism.

We produce organic, waste-free, vegetables, fruits, flowers, pastured eggs and raw milk and provide our produce directly to people and restaurants. No middle-man.

We forage wild foods, hunt wild game and hand-milk our cow.

We make long-ferment sourdough bread, raw dairy products, natural wine, pickles and preserves.

We run workshops and dinners, consult and speak about real food, traditional ecological food-raising and pre-industrial food preparation.

We love living like this and we couldn’t imagine it any other way.

Ben: Furniture maker

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Ben: Furniture maker

grownandgathered

Image: Hilary Walker

Image: Hilary Walker

Now, we love this guys work. It is simple, recycled, utilises a traditional style of joinery (built to last forever) and is full of passion. Ben doesn't do things in halves.


If there is a definition of "doing things once and doing it right", this furniture is it. When you receive a trade like this, you really have to slap yourself around a bit because it is just so beautiful. Its exactly like when you get a really really amazing present and you feel like there aren't enough words in the English language to express your thanks, so you hope that your facial expressions pulled it off for you. Fingers crossed.For a few weeks Ben would update us on the progress of the "surprise item" he planned on trading and it had me totally intrigued. But I knew he wouldn't be giving it to us until it was "prefect", because that is how this guy rolls. 
And it was well worth the wait. Last week he unveiled it. A petit and perfect milking stool, built to last forever.It really is as beautiful and as perfect as they come. And it's crazy to think it - but we will have this in our home for the rest of our lives, then our children's lives. Etc etc.  And tell the story of how we got it over and over again. It's a beautiful thing. I urge you to get in contact with Ben and get something made. Because I promise you, it will be worth it. 
Image: Hilary Walker

Image: Hilary Walker

Image: Hilary Walker

Image: Hilary Walker

Image: Hilary Walker

Image: Hilary Walker