“And on the 8th day god looked down on his planned paradise and said ‘I need a caretaker’, so god made a farmer”
Honest, hardworking, salt of the earth, tough, resilient & committed to the land. These are some words to describe our hard working Aussie farmers and for my series I will be focussing on our family dairy farm on the south coast of NSW. I never grew up on a dairy farm but soon fell in love with it when I met my husband Andrew 16 years ago, it was pretty evident dairy farming was in his blood from the day he was born with both of his parents coming from dairy farming upbringings and loved living on the land. Andrew is a 3rd generation dairy farmer who now farms the land his grandfather did on a 125 acre property in the foothills of Gerringong. Some may call it “Gods Country”, where we milk 200 cows and love providing our little loves with such an amazing upbringing and this fills me with immense pride. Dairy farming for us is much more than a job, it is a way of life, it runs deep through many families across generations & weaves small communities together in a way like no other vocation and this is why I wanted to shed a light on our industry. There is just something about being able to produce a quality product that goes from our families farm gate to peoples fridges right across this great country of ours. Home is where our herd is!
Melinda’s series Farmlife is a touching, honest story about the daily experience of working as an Australian Cattle farmer. Melinda’s personal connection to the story shines through the imagery, capturing quiet and joyful family moments alongside the work that needs to be carried out from day to day.