Get to know a local farmer.  As part of our ‘I am Local’ project we will are meeting and sharing Farmers stories.  Here is our first local farmer profile, meet Oliver from Ramarro Farm

How long have you been farming?    10 years

What suburb is your farm in? The Patch – Yarra Ranges

What do you grow on your farm? Vegetables!  We grow pretty much everything except basic onions and potatoes. We specialise in greens and salads, but our zucchini, tomatoes and peppers are pretty great too.  Our customers are Melbourne and Sydney’s best restaurants and locals are able to order Veg boxes .

What do you love about farming?  I love to see seeds germinate, it always amazes me.  The diversity and colours and textures of everything we grow is incredible too.

Is there a main challenge you/your farm faces?   Slugs!

What % of produce of your produce is sold in/out of Yarra Ranges?  90% sold out of Yarra Ranges

 Is there main reason/s for this?  We have specialised in high end restaurant supply and have about 50-60 clients that we sell directly to.

What difference would it make to your business if you could sell more produce locally? We love supplying our vegetables to locals and believe the low food kilometres is important.

Do you have any ideas on how we can encourage locals to buy more local produce?  Show people that cooking and eating seasonally is easy and delicious. 

Is there a myth about farming you would like to address?  That organic produce must be full of holes.  Its doesn’t!

What is the one message you would like to share with the local community?   Eat seasonally and locally. Usually the addition of nice olive oil and salt is all you need!

Please contact us if you are, or know of a farmer that would be happy to share their story.  

Our work is funded by the Victorian State Government via Health Promotion funding at Inspiro


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