Ben and Stephanie describe themselves as just a couple of regular people who want to make a positive difference for their community and the environment. But believe me, they are far from ordinary!
Having both grown up on family farms, and now with a family of their own (their two boys are 2 years old and 10 weeks old!), their dream is to build up their grass finished beef business, Grazed Right, to the point where Ben can leave his day job as a construction engineer. Ben and Steph are building much more than an agrricultural business that sells healthy, sustainable, local food to consumers. They are building a business, and building their family, upon a set of core values that will truly resonate with anyone in the business of farming. And when you hear what those values are, I think you’ll agree that if anyone can make it in agriculture – and quit their day job – it’s Ben, Steph and their amazing family.
When we were visiting with Ben and Steph as they played with Henry on the living room floor, the topic of “risk” and “security” came up, and the question of “will the benefits outweigh the risks?”.
Ben’s response was one that I’ve never heard before from a farmer, and it’s one that I think more of us should really adopt!
“When you don’t have a lot, then if it all fails we’ll just be back where we were a couple of years ago. We’ve been behind everyone all our lives you know, we could have finished university when we were 22 and had a job engineering in the city downtown and made lots of cash. And instead you know, we went to Africa and we spent more time in school, and I took a year off and did falconry, and we did all sorts of stuff so we’re way behind anyways. We’re running a different race now.”