Video Transcript: Glenora Heritage
Andrew: Andrew Wood
Jill: Jill McKellman
Andrew: Glenora Heritage Produce
Jill: At Tooborac, Victoria
What do you most enjoy about being a producer?
Jill: I like running my own business; I really like that aspect of it, I like living in the country, I think that is fantastic.
Andrew: I think the responsibility, and the fact that you are working with the seasons and the seasons are never what you expect.
Have you always been farmers? Did you grow up here?
Jill: No I grew up in Sandringham and spent most of my time in Melbourne, inner city Melbourne.
Andrew: And I grew up in the Suburbs as well.
Why did you move to regional Victoria?
Jill: well we came via Kyneton, didn't we? Kind of looked at moving out of town, having a bit of a new life and we started off in Kyneton and then somehow ended up here!
You didn't just become a farmer one day, how did you build your skills?
Andrew: Trial and error, lot of trial and error. Talking to a lot of people. Doing the farmers markets has been fantastic, there been a really good community of farmers and we all talk together. If someone has a problem, you just go and ask one of your fellow farmers 'have you ever come across this?' We do a lot of reading.
Jill: And I worked for some brilliant organic farmers over at Sutton Grange; Anne-Marie and Carla who have Holy Goat. They taught me a lot about organic farming so that was very helpful.
What advice would you give people wanting to get in to the food industry?
Andrew: Be passionate about what you want to do. Don't do it just for the money. Don't do it for just the business, because you have a great business plan. You've got to be passionate. Farming is hard work, there's no doubt about it, it's a demanding lifestyle and it is a lifestyle.
Jill: And It can be gruelling at times and those times when you just got to get out there and do work.
Andrew: And the passion is the only thing that will keep you going.
How have you found living in regional Victoria and on a farm?
Jill: We've made fantastic friends in the district here.
Andrew: There's a very strong community here in the country and there has to be. We don't have an awful lot of neighbours around us and people pull together.