Video transcript: Richard Seymour
Richard: My name is Richard Seymour, I have a family business which is Mount Zero Olives and we're based at the northern tip of the Grampians, the northern tip of the Grampians (points), just outside Horsham in western Victoria.
How old are you?
Richard: I'm 35.
What do you like most about being a producer?
Richard: It's a tough call but really to be involved in farming and agribusiness is incredibly vital, it connects you with the soil you are standing on to what you eat. That says it all really, it's that fundamental to life, and sharing that experience and produce with as many as others as I can really, really drives me.
Where did you grow up and how did you become a producer?
Richard: I grew up in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and went to school all throughout Melbourne. And my parents bought the Mount Zero property back in the early nineties and at the time it was an absolutely spectacular spot but I didn't really have a full appreciation of actually the wine that they were producing, and I spent a bit of time overseas, I worked with quite a number of food distributors and really got an appreciation of how special of the produce we produce and they produce in the Grampians and in the wider Victorian region. And so we now not only market our own olive oil and olives, we also sell pulses and grains from the Wimmera area as well and celebrate that with my old mates in Melbourne.
You went overseas, what did you learn from that?
Richard: I think as a consumer, I've eaten as some fantastic restaurants and I think it comes back to the fundamentals, when you speak to any chef it's all about getting the very best produce that you can, bringing that back home, and here in Australia we are blessed with the best produce and it's a matter that we can share that and get it from the paddock to the plate in the best possible way that we can. I was lucky enough with a former employer to go off to Spain and visit a number of olive groves and top producers in Spain and really see what they were doing to value add to bring that prime product in to market.