Fraser Bayley: Market Gardener

I am developing a small farming business, with my partner Kirsti, which grows good food for our community. We aim to do that in an environmentally, socially and financially sustainable way. My personal aim is to regenerate this twenty-six hectare property into a farm that will be multigenerational in its viability. Whether I can achieve that or not remains to be seen, but I’m going to give it a good crack.

What inspired you to leave the city and give farming a go?

Even though we enjoyed a lot of aspects of living in the city, the reality of remaining there meant we’d both be working six days a week, and in the process of thinking about an alternative, somehow we ended up here. We had no plan; it evolved as we learnt more and it’s still evolving. There are probably still more tragedies than there should be, but we’re getting closer and learning every day.