With the borders shut, it’s no surprise that the people of Perth are spending more and more time in Margaret River, but if you’re in a bit of rut with your usual haunts, it’s time to meet One Table Farm.
One Table Farm is a “farm-based, climate-aware cooking school” according to owners Tim and Cree.
The husband and wife duo had never farmed before they decided to up and leave the city for a dream and a block of land in Cowaramup—but they knew a lot about food and animals. In fact, Cree was a zoo veterinarian with a special interest in animal welfare and ethics and also trained in French culinary school, while Tim spent his childhood learning the art of sourdough from his mum, so it’s not all that surprising that their sourdough workshop is one of the most popular in WA.
The couple turned to YouTube to teach them how to build and run a regenerative, organic farm and it seems YouTube delivered. They’ve now got a 1600 square metre orchard and a 1600 square metre garden with over 40 fruit and nut trees, a massive veggie patch, all sorts of animals—handled using high welfare and low intervention practises so they can truly help to regenerate the land—and they’re even experimenting with grains.
It’s been such a success that YouTube sent out their own crew (pre-COVID, obvs) to chat to Tim and Cree about their regenerative and organic practices and the video has racked up a whopping 2.8 million views, so it seems we’re not the only ones into the sustainable farming idea.
After getting it up and running, they wanted to share what they’d learned with the community so they could spread the sustainable practices far and wide, so they started offering classes and workshops.
They are true sourdough masters with classes for every level—they even offer a sourdough first aid course for those of you who just can’t figure out what you’re doing wrong. If you’re so over sourdough since lockdown ended, check out the paddock to plate food experience where you’ll get to pick your own food as you wander through the farm before heading back to the kitchen for a feast and a glass of vino.
There’s also sustainable living workshops, farm tours and even a chocolate workshop with Nadia from Harlequin Dessert who will teach you how to temper chocolate like a pro.
Whichever you choose, you’ll walk away a little more clued up on sustainable living, and most likely wanting to buy a block down south so you can live the slow life dream.
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Image credit: One Table Farm