We are the Oliver family and we own and run Greenhill Farm. Greenhill is 1100
acres of paradise near Bungendore, NSW. From our hilltops you can see Lake
George about 10km away.
Our new straw bale house
and farm sheds are tucked down in the pretty valley that
runs 4km through the middle our property. The soldier settler who took on the
farm in 1948 was diligent and industrious, and cleared most of the trees. We're
now replanting by the thousands
... we've fenced off the "Big Bush" and the
"Little Bush" (at either ends of our farm) for natural regeneration
, and put in
dams, troughs and created new paddocks. Tree planting is ongoing, and our latest
project is getting water to the top of the hill so we can gravity feed to more
troughs. This lets us split paddocks up and graze better, and helps biodiversity
So who are we? Well, Sue (nee Armstrong) wears many hats as well as being a full-time
farmer. She's in charge of the soil, plants and biodynamics, and is also the
butcher's unofficial apprentice and Mistress of the Markets. You'll meet her at
the Farmers' Markets
, together with the Princess of the Markets (daughter
Greg is a cattle veterinarian
, so he is boss of all things cattle.
Luckily our four children have more mechanical and creative talents than Mum &
Dad combined. Together we manage the soils, plants, animals and all the meat
science needed to produce consistently great beef
We started selling our beef direct to our customers about three years ago.
Frankly, we were sick and tired of selling beautiful organic cattle to feedlots
where they'd immediately be treated with a systemic worm medicine, vaccinated,
hormone implanted and given medicated grain and hay to eat. We were at the mercy
of a handful of buyers for big meat companies, and we had little control over
the price we received. All our good work with the cattle seemed wasted, and we
could hardly even pay the bills. Now we're faced with a more enjoyable set of
challenges, and work hand in hand with our customers who are now part of our
And we believe in ethical food production
too. The animals MUST be happy and
healthy and the farm MUST be sustainable and ecologically sound. We will leave
self-indulgent essays to others - and concentrate on trying to actually do it.
Talk with us at the Farmers Market or come to a farm Field Day.
By the way, we also grow certified biodynamic ginseng
and sell it fresh direct
to the public. We also have the best and purest ginseng capsules you can buy.
Interested? Go to www.simplyginseng.com.au
for perhaps the most important
discovery you'll ever make for your health. Ginseng is a remarkable herbal
and ours is simply the best.
Here's an example of what some of our customers say:
"Best meat I've had in a long time!"
Tammy, Wamboin, NSW
"Fabulous tasty meat - I am converted!"
"We can't eat any other beef now"
Cassie, Downer, ACT
"Your meat is fantastic. I'm even contemplating a bigger freezer so we don't run
out and I can take advantage of the bulk packs"
Christine, Lyneham, ACT
"Consistently excellent beef - the mince is a weekly staple and the steak is a
Mitchell, Kaleen, ACT
"Beautiful quality meat and lovely producers" (we love this one!)
Myron, Fadden, ACT
"I didn't know beef could taste so good - now it's hard to eat any other beef"
Morgan, Balmain, Sydney
"Absolutely beautiful meat" I come to the farmers' market especially for it!"
Ynte, Aranda, ACT