Hunter and Pumpkin are Narrawilly's well-known and much loved farm cats. These wonderful ginger felines are also the inspiration behind, and brand ambassadors of, an exciting new venture for us.
Having graciously allowed their names to be used in the eponymous Hunter & Pumpkin Farm Store, Hunter and Pumpkin (and Rob) would like you to know that our online farm store will be launching very, very soon.
Image 1: Hunter & Pumpkin Farm Store is on Instagram. Are you following us yet?
From a hand-crafted soap range made with our Montbeliarde cows' milk, to local honey (including Farm Meadow honey collected from hives hosted on Croobyar Farm), and beeswax candles, and hand-crafted chocolate sunflowers, and small batch chocolate truffles (filled with ganache made from citrus from the farm's orchard), and cow-inspired, bespoke jewellery, and landscape art from the farm -- these and other lovely products will be sold in curated gift boxes exclusively via our online store.
Image 2: Hunter, our brand ambassador, would like to remind you to follow Hunter & Pumpkin Farm Store on Instagram
Our curated gift boxes are not just for special occasions. They're also designed for those times when you need an escape to the country, and yearn for the centredness that farm life offers, but can't get there. Our curated gift boxes are for everyone who enjoys and appreciates the simple pleasures that farm life provides.
Hunter & Pumpkin Farm Store represents an exciting leap into the world of online retail for us. But there is a lot more behind the playfully-named brand: Hunter & Pumpkin is a contemporary, regional brand with a sincere and deep connection to Narrawilly Farm, Milton Village and the farming, beekeeping and creative communities of the South Coast of New South Wales.
The concept behind Hunter & Pumpkin Farm Store is simple: we provide raw milk from the dairy as well as other all-natural inputs -- botanicals from our native rainforest, citrus from the orchard, vegetables from the gardens, sunflowers and other flowers growing in the paddocks -- to local artisans, artists, craftspeople and micro-businesses so that they create, for us, small batch farm crafts made entirely by hand. These products are then sold in curated gift boxes, only online, via the Hunter & Pumpkin Farm Store.
Rob is driving a truly unique value chain that benefits and connects with more than a dozen local micro- and small businesses, beekeepers, artist studios, a local chocolatier, and even a couple of crafting collectives in bushfire-affected farming communities on the South Coast.
Hunter & Pumpkin Farm Store is one part of Rob's long-term plan to drive innovation, diversification and value addition on the farm and in our local economy. All three of these are vital if the farm is to survive in an era marked by persistently low farmgate milk prices and the unprecedented challenges thrown at us by climate breakdown.
Information about our gift boxes, as well as the people involved in making the products that go into them, will be available on our launching-soon online farm store. Keep an eye on this farm blog, too, for behind-the-scenes news about Hunter & Pumpkin Farm Store.