Fresh Provisions"At Fresh Provisions we are passionate about supplying local fresh produce that meets our customers dietary and ethical food requirements. Dirty Clean Food offers a premium 100% grass-fed beef and lamb that is ethically raised and locally sourced and our customers love it!" Tom Katselas
Short Order Burger Co."Quality and provenance is paramount when selecting the ingredients to include in our burgers. DCF provides us with premium 100% grass-fed beef that is ethically raised and locally sourced." Simon Kony, Owner
Peaches Fresh Food"At Peaches Fresh Food we offer a huge range of the freshest and best produce in WA. What we love about Dirty Clean Food is their regenerative story, supplying us with grass-fed meat of the highest quality whilst taking care of the land for future generations." Nadia Di Tullio
Blythe Calnan and Gregg HooperCattle can be a valuable contributor to sequestering carbon. It can be done sustainably and in a way that actually improves the land resource and reverses the damage .
WARREN PENSINIWe hand select our cattle, then raise and finish them in a grass-fed, low stress natural herd environment on farm, free of any artificial growth hormones and antibiotics. This guarantees and enhances the eating quality of our beef.
GREEN RANGE LAMBTheir production system enables them to produce a consistent high quality lamb from the healthiest and most contented ewes, whilst managing their flock as part of a fully regenerative farming system to regenerate both soil and ecosystem health.
We want food that we know - from farmers who care for their land as much as the foods they produce.
Our wonderful farmers use regenerative farming methods. There is a lot of buzz around that word currently, but what does it actually mean?
Technically, Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming and grazing principles and practices that increases biodiversity, enriches soils, improves watersheds, and enhances ecosystem services. Regenerative agriculture helps reverse current global trends of atmospheric accumulation of carbon by drawing carbon back down into the soil, offers increased yields, resilience to climate instability, and higher health and vitality for farming communities. (Terra Genesis International).
Practically, our farmers use a holistic management approach to grow our foods in harmony with nature, restoring rather than depleting the planet.
The food is more nutritious and delicious as the plants, animals, natural cycles and soil comes back to life. Like all change, it is a journey and through a combination of practices such as multi-species cropping, planting pollinator strips, diverse crop rotations, high intensity rotational animal grazing and reducing tillage the land can be regenerated over time.
This requires a lot of smarts and care. Seeing that you also have smarts and care, we’re thrilled to be able to introduce you two. The more this community grows, the more we can regenerate that 40% of the Earth’s land that farms occupy into a healthy ecosystem again.
Together we can change the world!
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Our Beef Suppliers
Blythe Calnan & Gregg Hooper - Runnymede Farm
Blythe and Gregg from Runnymede Farm in Binningup are now supplying grass-fed and grass-finished beef to Dirty Clean Food.
With backgrounds in various areas of agriculture, animal husbandry and welfare consulting in the Pilbara region, the couple moved to the South West in 2014 inspired by stories of people regenerating environments.
“We have both worked with cattle for much of our careers but got our first cattle when we purchased Runnymede. We actually started our herd with cows from north Western Australia and have used genetics from the Pharo Cattle Company in Colorado USA to create a herd that thrives in the grass-fed regenerative environment. They have natural hardiness and parasite resistance which means no drenches or chemical support is required. They are highly fertile and efficient at converting every mouthful of grass into delicious nutritious protein, said Blythe
Their growing herd has its genetics tailored to get just the right amount of intramuscular fat, ensuring a richer flavour and succulent eat.
“Quite a few vegetarians come and look at the farm and people who don’t want to eat meat for fear of contributing negatively to the environment, once they have seen a regenerative system and how much are goes into caretaking, they think, “maybe I can eat meat again.”
Blythe and Gregg welcome visitors to take a tour of the farm and delve deeper into regenerative farming.
For more info visit https://runnymede-farm.business.site
Warren Pensini - Blackwood Valley Beef
Our heritage is Italian, so we are passionate about family and food. With Blackwood Valley Beef, we combine both.
The Pensini family has been raising cattle in Western Australia for a century.
In Western Australia they farm some of the most fragile and worn soils in the world, so farming here is very challenging. Add to this the effects of climate change and declining rainfall, it soon becomes clear the old European ways of farming are not sustainable.
"Nestled in the beautiful Blackwood Valley in South West WA, Warren Pensini manage his farm ‘holistically’. This means employing planned grazing methods to ensure ground cover year-round and true environmental sustainability.
"We hand select our cattle, then raise and finish them in a grass-fed, low stress natural herd environment on farm, free of any artificial growth hormones and antibiotics.
This guarantees and enhances the eating quality of our beef.”
Warren is also the Supply and Logistics Manager with Wide Open Agriculture. He assisted with establishing Dirty Clean Food's meat distribution business, supplying meat to premium restaurant and food outlets in Perth and the State's Southwest.
Warren’s extensive network and experience in the farming and meat production sectors will allow Dirty Clean Food to maintain a consistent year round supply of high quality grass fed beef and lamb to local and export markets.
For more info visit www.blackwoodvalleybeef.com.au
Kent and Michelle Rochester – KM Farming
Kent and Michelle Rochester farm at Manypeaks, where they are bringing up their boys Thomas and Kobi on their beautiful property surrounded by trees, cows and lush pasture.
Being on the south coast, Manypeaks receives reliable rainfall and is generally a great climate for growing grass almost all year round. Kent's first foray into holistic planned grazing was in a particularly dry autumn when they were struggling for grass. They were overstocked and both the cattle and the pastures were under pressure. He began by changing his grazing management, decreasing the amount of time cattle were grazing on one paddock and increasing their grazing density.
This approach changed everything. They saw the pasture recover and bounce back, and this led to experimenting with different density and grazing techniques. It was also the gateway into multi species fodder crops, summer cover crops and biological stimulant and inoculants.
Kent loves to experiment and this is very apparent on his farm - there is always an interesting trial or project going on, and all lessons learned are applied to how they manage the farm. It is a beautiful place with a healthy farm ecosystem and some very happy cows, which is testament to the management style of Kent, Michelle and their team of workers. We are very excited to welcome Kent and Michelle to the Dirty Clean Food farmer team!
Kate Harris - Harriss Farming
Kate Harris farms at the foot of the Porongorups with her husband Ben, their two boys, Max and Henry.
Passionate about farming & health, Kate believes it is important to look after their soil as this leads the way to healthy grass, healthy cattle and healthy people. Since buying their first cattle in 2006, they have farmed using regenerative practises and have continuously made improvements to the way they grow beef. Using time controlled grazing, stocking density and long pasture rest periods, they have noticed their pasture quality and quantity increase and recognise this as a marker of improved soil health. Kate is eager for continuous growth and improvement while keeping simplicity in sight.
Their animal’s welfare is of significant importance with an emphasis on low stress stock handling. Happy, calm cattle are healthier cattle that convert grass to beef quickly and efficiently. Content cattle spend more time grazing and less energy in fight or fight. Locally sourced cattle soon become calm and relaxed in their new environment with daily human interaction and constant movement onto fresh pasture.
We are excited to be bringing Kate on board as a supplier and look forward to sharing her regenerative journey with you over the coming weeks.
Our Lamb Suppliers
Col Bowey & Ash Baldwin – Green Range Lamb
Col Bowey is a regenerative agronomist based in Green Range, near Albany.
Col started his own consulting business, CB Farming Systems, in 2008, working with growers all over the country advising on regenerative practices. Col's aim is to advise growers on how to adopt a system-based approach to farming, formed on the understanding that the root of overall farm and ecosystem health is healthy soil. This involves soil and plant nutrition, livestock management, and retaining and increasing soil cover.
Col sees the biggest challenge and frustration of regenerative farming as changing your mindset. You need to unlearn everything you know, be willing to drop your old ways and be open to not only farming differently, but thinking differently. The underpinning concept is understanding whole farming system thinking.
Col and Ash run ultrawhites, a high muscling sheep breed with high growth rates. They dedicated their time and energy into the genetics of their sheep, along with achieving an ideal nutrition balance, so that their ewes are in top condition when lambing and producing as much milk as they can, to give their lambs the best start in life. They have set up 25 paddocks over 900 hectares where they are rotationally grazing their sheep to achieve between a 50 and 100 day recovery period for their pasture. They have lots of trees and shelter for their sheep, with specific lambing paddocks that help the ewes feel safe when lambing, and create ideal conditions for the ewe and lamb to bond before being moved onto fresh pasture.
Col's production system enables him to produce a consistent high quality lamb from the healthiest and most contented ewes, whilst managing their flock as part of a fully regenerative farming system to regenerate both soil and ecosystem health.
Our Pork Suppliers
Bryan and Rae Hickman – Yanmah Pasture Raised Pork
Bryan and Rae are passionate pastured pig farmers based at Yanmah, near Manjimup in the Southern Forests region of WA. Bryan comes from a long line of farmers, and can trace his farming side of the family back to being tenant farmers on Lord Salisbury's Estate in England in 1026! Bryan met Rae in Manjimup when he was travelling around Australia on a working holiday visa, and never left.
Bryan and Rae run a breeding drive of pigs, as well as a pasture finishing operation. Their pigs are on pasture their whole lives, and eat a combination of pasture and pellets, which they need to ensure they are getting enough protein to be healthy and grow well. They have around 40 Berkshire/Landrace crossbreed sows, and are very big, healthy and friendly girls, weighing in at around 300kg when they are fully grown!
The sows are fully pasture based, and Bryan has set up a unique farrowing system that focuses on animal welfare, minimising piglet losses due to being squashed, and is completely sow stall free.
The grower pigs are slowly weaned from mothers via a system of creep feeding, and then go into the finisher pens which have a series of size ‘drafting gates’, which minimises stress for the pigs, and also allows for ease of management.
Bryan is passionate about improving his pastures and keeping his pigs happy and healthy, and we look forward to working with them on their regen journey!
Our Oat Suppliers
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!
Jamie Anderson – Williams
Jamie Anderson farms with his parents at Williams in the south western Wheatbelt. The Anderson family bought the property as Jamie finished high school, where they leased it out before running their own flock of merino sheep and cropping. Jamie is now a proud supplier of oats for OatUP.
Jamie first came across regenerative agriculture through his friend from the local football team, Steve Ford. Steve had been leasing part of Jamie's farm and using a disc seeder and biological inputs in their cropping program. Jamie liked how this approach was working on his farm, and has since been working with Col Bowey, a regenerative agronomist, to improve his soil health and focus on transitioning over to a regenerative system.
When Jamie and his family first moved onto the farm, they planted over 40,000 trees along the riparian zones of the farm/riverbanks, to stabilise them and create habitat for local wildlife. 19 years later these trees are now fully established and provide important ecological services for the farm ecosystem.
Jamie has also recently been experimenting with multi species cover crops, putting in over 220 hectares of various multi species cover crops!
He is trialling 40ha of buckwheat and brasil canola as a cover crop, but also as a punt for summer crop to harvest if it finds enough moisture. Buckwheat suppresses weeds and attracts beneficial insects and pollinators with its abundant blossoms. It also reportedly extracts soil phosphorus from soil better than most grain cover crops.
These multi species cover crops will create a healthy soil full of microbes to support next seasons oat crop.
We look forward to seeing how long Jamie can keep their roots growing in the soil and providing food for his soil microbes, and watching his farming system evolve!
Our Lupin Supplier
Stuart and Leanne McAlpine - Buntine
Stuart and Leanne McAlpine are broadacre farmers near the northern wheatbelt town of Buntine, where they grow lupins, wheat, canola and graze cattle. Stuart has 40 years’ experience in agriculture and has long been committed to the environmental and social restoration of his region.
Co-founder and inaugural president of the Liebe Group, he also instigated the Regional Repopulation Plan with the Wheatbelt’s Dalwallinu Shire and Chaired the Regional Repopulation Advisory Committee, and sits on the advisory committee for RegenWA.
Stuart believes that successful food production will ultimately only be sustainable with an integrated approach that allows for continued improvement in the health of the ecosystem, and can be demonstrated in operating farming systems. He has been farming regeneratively for over 15 years, and refers to himself as a biological farmer. He has been using biostimulants on his soil since 2006, and has seen dramatic changes in his soil and plant health with the use of biological amendments and a decreased reliance on artificial inputs. In 1999, Stuart was Western Australian No-Till farmer of the year and in 2015 he received a Soil Health Champion Award.
Over the next decade, Stuart hopes we can revitalise many communities across WA. We are real people and we care about our community, our environment and the quality of the food we eat. We have a vision to share that opportunity with as many people as possible.