Being grounded is really important to me as a foodie. When at home I often tinker in the veggie garden and marvel at natures gifts. It is so satisfying to watch the seasonal changes and also the magic of turning our household scraps into glorious soil with a little help from our worms.

Foodie Shots is about connecting people through food.

If you have been following our story you will know Foodie Shots isn’t just photography. We also help business to learn how to create better photos for themselves through mentorship programs and workshops. Additionally Foodie Shots provide a space for other foodies to enjoy the collaboration of chefs, local food producers and venues by creating a range of cooking experiences. These are not just demos either, no way… everyone gets their hands dirty and we all get to take home the fruits of our labour or often enjoy a meal together. This is where people can ask the chef in depth questions and really connect. Ultimately though Foodie Shots is about connecting people through food.

Buy Local Philosophy

Talking about connection, recently I was privileged to be invited to Bendidee, a Goondiwindi farm [6500 acres] with Jason and Rachel and their three children. I wanted to start telling the visual stories of the land and where some our food comes from. This connection is what I am hoping to build with you right now. When we understand the supply chain and the people behind them, there is such a greater emphasis on buy local and how we can support our farmers, producers and businesses.

Telling the stories of the Inland Rail

Capturing these stories will become a documentary of our region especially in the coming years when the Inland Rail Project begins its build. The inland rail is going to be the spine connecting Melbourne to Brisbane through inner NSW and up through Toowoomba. It will also create a connection point to Western Australia through the Indian Pacific junction. This provides an obvious opportunity for the improvement in the way we manage to bring the produce to our plates. Now, like any major infrastructure project where human livelihoods and emotions are in play there is always the pros and cons…however I like to be more on the positive side and think about what this means for our future generations.

Anyway, I will leave the political and business side of things to the powers at be. My focus [excuse the photo pun] is telling the stories of people who maybe impacted [good or bad] .

Now Goondiwindi is a good 2 1/2 hours away from Highfields where we live and it is not the most scenic of trips so it was good to listen to a few podcasts along the way. Eventually I turned down the dirt road and found the property. I was quickly greeted by Tinkerbell a potty crossbred weather sheep [you will have to excuse my lack of farm knowledge…I had grown up as a child on the farm but hey that is a long time ago]. Tinkerbell was huge. We used to raise Merinos and they weren’t that big. Then came the welcoming committee of dogs…they could smell our two dogs so they knew I was okay.

Menagerie welcoming committee

Rachel came out and showed me around and to my surprise they even had a deer named Freya. The story goes she was just baby and spilled out of the sourgum during harvest. The kids have raised her and she is quite happy to stay around the farm. She did go missing recently though and they think she might be pregnant. I look forward to hearing how Freya goes.

The farm life

Over the course of the day I was able to capture parts of the farm like the shearing sheds and have a trip in the header with Jason. That was an experience. He told me how the season was fairing and also how he manages the soil and rotation. We also talked about the challenges of running a family owned farm which can totally rip families apart which is really sad but it is not an uncommon story either.

When I asked him what he and Rachel thought about the Inland Rail, they both were positive. Mind you they had questions about the logistics and efficiency of transporting the grain from the farm to the cararige to the next port and then where it needed to go after that. Like many they too have concerns about the impact on the flood plain and hope the engineers know what they are doing.

The three kids were amazing…with such an expanse of land to roam they were so free and self reliant. Levi would climb over the header like a jungle gym and Lexi would play in the shearing shed while Danielle would zip around on the four wheeler. Kids on the farm have to have so much common sense. My two kids wouldn’t last lol.

So I hope you enjoy the gallery of images below. I certainly had a fantastic day and can not wait to meet the next family.