Steve & Kel Ford – Williams
Steve and Kelly Ford are passionate regenerative farmers, farming with Steve's parents at Williams in the south western wheatbelt. They are proud suppliers of oats for Dirty Clean Food's OatUp and also our tasty rolled oats.
They began their journey towards regenerative farming around when they started their family. Kelly is passionate about providing the best upbringing for her children, and her reading and research into health and well-being lead them both to question the difference between how they were eating and living their lives in the house compared to on the farm. Why were they using chemicals on the farm when they were trying to reduce chemicals used in the house? How nutrient dense is the food that they grow? How can they ensure that their farming system is thriving so their boys can inherit a healthy farm and farming lifestyle? Regenerative agriculture became the pathway that provided answers to those questions.
Some of their changes in farming practises are reducing synthetic chemical use, reducing synthetic fertiliser inputs in favour of biological inputs, and eliminating fungicides. This is resulting in healthier soil that is alive with beneficial microbes and fungi. Diverse multi species cropping, cover cropping and pasture mixes are also providing more cover on the ground.
Steve and Kelly are constantly reading and researching different ways to regenerate their farming system, and we look forward to learning more and watching their farm evolve over the years to come!