Mackay regenerative agriculture business Freckle Farm has been names Queensland’s sixteenth #eatqld Champion.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert said Freckle Farm had been named an #eatqld Champion in recognition of its sustainable and ethical approach to farming.
“Since 2008, owners Rob Bauman and Deb McLucas have run their 265 hectare property near Eton using the principles of holistic management to benefit their animals and the environment,” Mrs Gilbert said.
“As fourth generation farmers, they have drawn on considerable experience and expertise to pioneer a chemical-free approach to farming that means the cattle, pigs and, chickens on their property graze on natural pastures.
“Their visionary approach has been recognised with a gold medal at the 2019 Australian Food Awards for their wood smoked ham, and, at the 2018 Australian Food Awards a bronze medal for their eggs, a gold medal for their bacon, and Best in Class for their branded pork.”
Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said every economy had been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic but agriculture was playing a key role as the Palaszczuk Government implements Queensland’s $8 billion plan for economic recovery.
“Freckle Farm’s example is truly inspirational as we unite and recover from the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Furner said.
“They will be fine ambassadors promoting Queensland’s world of flavour from the state of delicious.”
Freckle Farm owner Deb McLucas said being an #eatqld Champion would help them spread the benefits of sustainable farming practices.
“We believe very strongly in the principles of holistic management and work with the natural systems to achieve positive outcomes for our animals and our environment,” Ms McLucas said.
“By using tools such as biodynamics, rotational grazing and multi-species cropping, we are able to produce food which does not rely on artificial inputs and aids in the recovery of the environment and the local community.
“As an #eatqld Champion, we will be able highlight the benefits of sustainably produced food that will further enhance Queensland’s reputation for produce that is safe, healthy and delicious.”
Mr Furner said the Queensland Government’s #eatqld campaign encouraged the community to eat local, stay healthy and support jobs in the state’s agricultural sector.
“Our produce is second to none. We are urging everybody to explore Queensland-grown food and when you do, we ask that you take a photograph and share it online using the hashtag #eatqld,” Mr Furner said.
“By eating Queensland-produced meat, seafood, fruit, nuts and veggies you support everybody that brings that food to your table.”
Previous #eatqld Champions include Creek to Coast host Scott Hillier, Walkamin entrepreneur Krista Watkins, Bowen horticulturalist Carl Walker, and the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre’s Executive Chef David Pugh.