We came to the Otways via a life in the corporate world some 9 years ago. We have built a lifestyle where we are more self sufficient and where we live as sustainably as possible. Growing and sourcing organic produce is important to us. We follow organic food growing practices on our farm and do not use any chemicals on our produce. Our chooks are free range and enjoy the run of their farmyard (sometimes they escape into the vegetable gardens, and that's not good!)
She is dedicated to promoting the region as a wonderful 'food bowl' and strives to build valuable networks between producers, makers, artisans and retailers within the region.
Frans is a creative builder and fixer of all things. In fact, he renovated the cabin from its original state as an old loggers hut. His role as a Quality and Risk Manager stands him in good stead. He's a list man and keeps the farm running smoothly. When he has some free time, you'll find him creating beautiful functional furniture using recycled timbers. He also crafts hand made knives. With his keen love of photography, he'll often be seen on the farm with his camera in hand.
Frans is a keen beekeeper and he sells his honey locally.
Ami is the chief cook and bottle washer. She plans the planting, looks after the harvesting and seed saving of the kitchen gardens. She creates delicious award winning preserves using the organically grown produce grown on the farm.
When Ami is not in the garden or kitchen, you'll find her creating something crafty. She knits, crochets, dabbles in pottery, mosaics and random vine weaving. Ami also writes a column for the Otway Life Magazine.