Contact: Tammi Jonas
: 0422 429 362 (Tammi) or 0417 591 463 (Stuart)
: Eganstown VIC
Jonai Farms & Meatsmiths is run by Stuart and Tammi Jonas and their three ethicurean children, raising pastured rare-breed Large Black pigs and Speckleline cattle on 69 acres of volcanic paddocks just outside Daylesford, Victoria.
After being the first farm in Australia to crowdfund major infrastructure in 2013 to build a licensed butcher’s shop on the farm, the Jonai succeeded again in 2014 and built a licensed curing room and commercial kitchen to make farmstead cured meats and a range of charcuterie, as well as bone stocks and lard-based soap, to ultimately deliver a full nose to tail no-waste offering.
‘Waste’ from the boning room is processed and fed out to a small flock of Australorp layer chickens as they follow the cattle around the paddocks to improve fertility and reduce reliance on feed inputs for all species. At the end of 2016, the Jonai achieved their goal of full reliance on their paddocks and so-called ‘waste stream’ feed – spent brewers’ grain from a nearby brewery, distillery mash from Melbourne, and surplus, damaged, or unwanted produce from other food and agriculture systems in Victoria (such as rice, eggs, milk, cheese, and other rich sources of nutrient for the pigs). This has freed them from any further reliance on purpose-grown grain for their animals, reducing feed costs and creating a net ecological benefit by diverting organic waste from landfill and exiting the agro-industrial model of segregating feed production from livestock farming.
Jonai Farms is engaged in the solidarity economy of community-supported agriculture (CSA), feeding 80 member households each month. The model helps them share the risk of farming with their community of eaters, reduces the burden of admin and logistics, and eliminates the need to sell their products – they have a 15-year waiting list for Melbourne. The CSA engages their community directly with the farm and teaches people how and why animals can and should be raised outdoors on pasture, and they too become advocates for ethical and agroecological farming.
Tammi and Stuart run regular butchery, sausage-making and curing workshops – including their celebratory salami days each winter – to maintain and share the traditional skills of respecting the whole animal. They also run popular Grow Your Ethics producers’ workshops to teach everything about their agroecological no-growth model.
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