We are Mike and Jocelyn, and our five children; the unlikely combination of an American farm boy from Iowa, and a city gal from Perth, Western Australia. We hale from California's Central Valley, known as: California’s "bread basket". This region is one of the most intensively farmed dairy, beef and agricultural regions of the USA; responsible for producing a large percentage of the United States food consumption. Here, Mike had the privilege of working as a dairy veterinarian. Together as a family, our journey in California has influenced our passion for sustainable agriculture, which connects to local communities, but also has a vision for the world beyond. Seeing the rich potential that Australia's South West afforded, we eventually made the decision to relocate and pursue this ethos, and our passion for good food, as The Organic Fine Food Company (TOFFC).
Food is what we all have in common. From the beginning it has connected humans physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally and socially. It is meant to be enjoyed and celebrated; it should be savoured, relished and shared; it should be done well. We believe natural, organic foods in particular, are innately healthy and help to sustain quality of life. As urban growth has resulted in less private food production, we feel called to sustainably grow and produce natural, quality, safe and great tasting foods for our urban communities. All in all, when developing our products at TOFFC, we like to keep these ideas of commonality, celebration, community, health and conservation foremost in our minds.
Our purchase of Drover’s Rest, a property in Kangaroo Gully just outside Bridgetown, Western Australia aligns with our guiding beliefs concerning food, farming and the land. In addition to its aesthetic value, the property has been sustainably managed and certified organic since 2001, when it started as Drover's Rest Organic Berry Farm under the direction of Dr. Errol and Mrs. Irma Seymour. The land is protected; surrounded on the north, on the east and on part of the southern boundary by Hester state forest conservation area. The remainder of the boundary adjoins forest on private properties. Our organic farming is protected and buffered by these forests from surrounding land activities. Additionally, the property is fitted with a processing facility, allowing us to create value added organic products. Overall, Drover’s Rest is an ideal and healthy environment in which to produce quality, safe food.