Kinsfolk Farm is a half-acre market garden hidden away in Moriac.
Bridie Cotter and Tom Gaunt, along with their two-year-old daughter, use organic principles to grow delicious and nutrient dense vegetables on the little plot of leased land.
Each week they sell their produce direct to their local community in the Greater Geelong and Surf Coast region.
Bridie and Tom aren’t perhaps who you would expect to be farming full-time.
Bridie grew up in Geelong before moving to Melbourne in her early 20s to study music performance and spend years singing in bands in the inner city.
“I did all that for about five years, being in a band, and all that, but was working at a big organic grocery store in the north and started to become more and more interested in food and its origins and good food and food systems,” Bridie said.
“At the same time, Tom has studied industrial design and was working in a lighting design company.
“We were both maybe feeling a little over living in the city and how competitive the lifestyle was just living in the city, let alone working and trying to pave your own way and your own career.
“We had been growing some food in our inner-city backyard.
“Tom was mainly doing it and he discovered that he loved doing all things in terms of gardening, especially growing edibles and using them in the kitchen.
“We were also getting a veg box fortnightly from a farm near Daylesford and we discovered how amazing the produce was when it was from the farmer straight to the consumer.
“We were just desperate for more of a community connection so we were thinking about how we would love to move to the country.