Farmers in the beautiful Otway Coast location have wonderful natural resources and are capable of producing world class produce. Unfortunately distance to market often means their products are not differentiated or available to customers in the commercial agri-food system.
Otway Coast Regenerative Farmers (OCRF) was formed in 2015 to provide local farmers with training to improve their farms and to market their high quality produce.
This group of enterprising farmers decided to take the matter into their own hands and started working together to achieve better outcomes.
Incorporated as a Landcare Group under the Southern Otway Landcare Network ,OCRF is passionate about building a local food economy. Members, currently from six different farms, are able to keep the Apollo Bay community regularly supplied with organic vegetables, grass fed beef and lamb, pork, pastured eggs, truffles and berries. They are a regular presence at the Apollo Bay Community Market, and deliver as far as Melbourne.
OCRF is developing a set of principles and practice standards as a tool to help in farm management. Members are constantly looking for new ideas and welcome new members to join them.