Thursday, October 18, 2012

Our little farm in Frankie. x




It started with an email from Jo asking if we'd heard of Frankie and would we like to be included in a story called Our little farm. Had we heard of Frankie?? Um, YES!!

It continued with a phone conversation to nut out the details. There would be an interview and a photo shoot and then the article. The phone conversation took place in a break while moving the chooks through the forest. We were sitting on the bank of the house dam drinking coffee. It was a glorious and sunny morning and we were muddy and tired from the work and it all felt a bit surreal and at the same time terribly exciting.

The next step was the interview. We sat and answered the questions on the lap top one night after the girls were in bed. We were impressed at how in depth they were. And we felt proud and a bit overwhelmed by how far we've come and all that we've experienced and achieved over our 12 years as Daylesford Organics.

Then came the photo shoot.

I had looked up Olga Bennett's work and was terribly excited that she would be coming out to photograph our family and our farm. And I was a little bit nervous too. Olga's work is AMAZING!!!!

She called me one afternoon to set up a date and time and told me straight away that she has bought our eggs for years and was so excited about this project. And I told her how excited I was too. And because we were both excited I decided I could relax and look forward to it.

Olga and her partner came up for the shoot on the only sunny day in the middle of weeks of rain. We took a long walk around and as we walked we talked about farming methods and family and photography and life. It was really lovely. My girls adored her partner. And it felt like we were just going about doing our thing and we barely noticed the camera.

And then I guess it finished when Frankie came out.

Our story is in the 50th anniversary issue which has the most gorgeous magazine cover I have ever seen. And our story is wonderful. We are lucky enough to be sandwiched in between our fave avocado family Barham Avocados, and deer farmers, the Hansens. The photography is beautiful, the words are inspiring, I am thrilled.

A huge thanks you to Frankie mag for choosing our farm in your small farm story. To Olga Bennett for the most wonderful photos of our farm I have ever seen. That photo of us five takes my breath away every time I open it. To Luisa Brimble for all the photos in this post and for sending me your very own copy so I could have it quickly. And to everyone else who has sent me photos and shared in our excitement.

So much yay!

70 comments:

  1. I was looking at that magazine today in the supermarket wondering whether I should buy it or not, and didnt know you were in it. I will have to get a copy now Kate. How wonderful for you all!

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  2. Oooooooooohhhhhhh such an beautiful photos of Olga!!!! I love her work so much. When I grow up I want to be just like her. ps. I do love reading the behind the scene in your every day farm life. xoxoxoxo

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  3. my daughter usually buys Frankie, but she has had a few other financial commitments this week so can't afford it. I heard a whisper around blogland yesterday that you were in it, so I bought it today so I could read about you. (That photo of you all is gorgeous, what a wonderful keepsake) My daughter will be very happy when she gets home from school today.

    cheers Kate

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  4. Congratulations guys :) This is just so wonderful and I love reading how it all came about and your thoughts and feelings along the way. It is the most beautiful issue and so fabulous to see you featured there, quite rightly where you belong :)) Kx

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  5. Congratulations Kate!!! How amazing is all that???
    Double yay!!!
    xxx Alessandra

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  6. I bought that issue this morning (the cover was too good to refuse) but haven't opened it yet! SO looking forward to reading your story! Congratulations!

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  7. hi kate! how exciting, the photos look gorgeous, what a keepsake (i'm here from christina). xxx lori

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  8. I'm excited for you too! I can't wait to get my hands on it, and to be able to show my Mr. who is always impressed and amazed at your farming ways. Congratulations! x

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  9. Hi Kate, I saw it in Woollies this morning and bought it..even though people may say I'm too old..not in the right demographic! I loved the article and pics, which I devoured over cappucino at good ol' GJ's. Now I will read the rest of it at a more leisurely pace. It's all good!

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  10. Congratulations Kate! Looking forward to reading it.

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  11. Congratulations! You must be SO thrilled. The photography looks gorgeous, I'll have to see if I can find the book....
    xoxox

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  12. Oh, how exciting!! Frankie is an awesome magazine, will have to grab a copy when I'm at the shops - can't wait to read and drink in those gorgeous photos!

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  13. I picked up my copy last night and it's lovely! The "our little farm" story is my favorite, the photography and such wonderful stories. And that cover! The inside front! LOVE!

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  14. Wow! Congratulations

    Does this mean that you guys are now, you know, like, famous??

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  15. So fantastic! Hooray.
    Such a beautiful family you are.
    I'd love to see the scene where you pull this out in 50 years time and reminisce.

    The sun is shining!
    Kitty x

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  16. oops
    PS How are the fishies? Even my city boy was momentarily tempted to cross over to country life when I showed him your fish!
    Congratulations again!
    Cheers
    Jenny

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  17. Oh how exciting. I have never bought that mag before but I'm going to duck out and buy this one.

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  18. I read that article in the bath last night. Fabulous!

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  19. I spotted you guys yesterday in Frankie. Its a lovely article. Well done.

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  20. YAY! Such a wonderful thing to have been included in xx

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  21. We just took a walk to a park (strategically positioned just near a newsagent) - and she played (and rolled on frehly mown grass!) while I sat and read your interview... and felt inspired and refreshed. Thank you, and YAY! xo

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  22. Yay! I bought the magazine yesterday after seeing Rohan tweet about it. It was a great story on you & your farm and the photos were lovely (your girls are ADORABLE)! And I agree - the cover is AMAZING! Congrats & keep up the good work - us city-slickers NEED farmers like you very much.

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  23. Frankie is on my list for town tomorrow Kate, I hope I can get it! It looks beautiful, congratulations!

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  24. Congratulations Kate! I bought it yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed reading your article with the beautiful photos. Unfortunately I was reading it alone, but I really wanted to say to someone "Look, here's Kate my blogging friend" :) Also I thought it was the best cover ever.

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  25. How exciting Kate! Yay, can't wait to get my hands on a copy :)

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  26. You guys are the coolest! I gave up my frankie subsciption last year because i had more magazines on my bedside table than i could keep up with. . . but i think i'll have to run off to the newsagent and buy a copy of this special edition.

    rachel xo

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  27. yay! one of my fave's - and now with your mugs in there too! too cool. thanks for lovely words re: Savannah's Homebirth. So much love! xx

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  28. Will be buying a copy tommorow. Big liker of that magazine and your blog

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  29. Mmmm- I'm rushing out to buy a copy tomorrow too. Huge congrats!

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  30. Wow oh wow. Congratulations. I haven't read Frankie for a while but maybe I'd better pick up the latest copy ;)

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  31. Wow how exciting! Congratulations!

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  32. What wonderful photographs, shame I won't be able to read the article. Well done guys, it was obviously a pleasure for all of you!
    Jak x

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  33. beautiful will have to go and get a copy now

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  34. Congrats Kate! What a special keepsake for the fam!

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  35. Yeah for you and yours! I'm off to get my copy! :)

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    1. Thought I'd let you know, that to keep me amused on a long plane flight to HK, I have bought a Frankie and read about your farm ( and the others farms too). it's all very inspiring us being on the cusp of doing the same. Thanks for the Frankie tip off!

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  37. Great!! Well done , congrats, enjoy it!!

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  38. super excited to open my favourite magazine and to see my favourite farming family. thanks for the inspiration, insight into the farming side of life and the snapshots of your gorgeous family :)

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  39. That's amazing!!! So happy, for you. Congratulations.

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  40. I was thumbing through this mag yesterday in the newsagent and let our this 'eeeeeek' when I saw your images. Well done and congratulations. It's a really lovely article. :)

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  41. I'm not really a stalky mcstalkerson (i don't think) but I AM coming to live with you. I even do braids, so it's kind of like I'm yours anyway xx

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  42. Oh it's wonderful! The newest frankie is so lovely...I haven't started reading it yet but gosh I am looking forward to seeing you guys there!

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  43. That is so cool you are in Frankie, very exciting. I will be sure to grab a copy.
    Ren x

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  45. Congratulations! this is really awesome!
    xo

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  46. Congratulations! I have to say I am a bit jealous of your farm life. My husband and I have a dream to have a little farm one day, more to just be able to live off of. What you share of your farm is amazing and inspiring. Your blog is one of my faves :)

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  47. Congrats what a nice surprise for you ... U don't think we have Frankie here but I am going to def look for it. :)

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  48. a well deserved feature kate. so very happy for you and your family. well done. xo

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  49. So cool Kate. I couldn't think of a better farm family to be in there!

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  50. beyond excited!! it's usually a two week wait here for us though.
    can't wait to whip it open, shove my forefinger on your picture and declare (to any one interested) that "my friend's in Frankie!!'
    i know it's a stretch, but i promise i'll say "online" before "friend" in my head...;)

    Xo Dee

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  51. the photos are divine! love the big one of your family. congrats xx

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  52. Congrats on the Frankie feature. I'm off to the Newsagents this afternoon, to get my copy - to enjoy a weekend with some magazines and plenty of tea :) The stitched front cover is divine!
    x

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  53. I have never bought a Frankie Magazine, but after spying this last night I went and bought one this morning. I'm looking forward to sitting down with a milo tonight and reading it after the kids are in bed.

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  54. Kate!!! You are SO kind and amazing! We had fantastic day with you guys, thanks you for having us! We drove home and talked how after years of just buying organic food without ever being to an organic farm, finally we got to see how it all happens, and it made us feel so good about supporting people like you! I have lots more images that were not published I'll send your way soon, perhaps you can put some up on the blog if you like. O.

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  55. Congratulations Kate! What a lovely snapshot of your lives in the pages of Frankie.

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  56. Oh Kate, this looks all kinds of wonderful, I am buying a copy tomorrow. Congratulations and that photo of your gang is magic. mel x

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  57. Congratulations! I've been reading your blog for a little while and have never posted a comment before. Love Franke, loved the article and pics and love reading your blog.

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  58. It is the most beautiful cover ever
    And your story sits so well in its pages
    Congrats Kate
    x

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  59. I am with you that cover-gah!
    Congrats on being a wonderful feature. Well deserved.

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  60. What a beautiful family photo for you to cherish :)

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  61. Freaking fantastic! I still haven't opened up my copy yet - I'm waiting for a quiet moment (!), so looking forward to reading this article :)

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  63. Due to the amazing cover and the fact that I do love Frankie mags I bought one on a whim today and was very excited to see your little farm in there!!! Even though I don't know you personally, I feel like through your blog that I do, and so it was like seeing a friend in there! Loved it!! PS. It makes me want to move out of suburbia more than ever as well!! X

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  64. Wowee! I used you for an excuse to splash out $10 on a Frankie mag when last doing my groceries - gosh it was worth it (as I knew it would be) :)

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