Growing up in Bendigo, Jordan Collin never dreamed he would become a farmer.
The 29-year-old owner of Huntly Organics said farming skipped a generation in his family.
"I have fond memories of going out to my grandparents farm and finding the country life attractive," Mr Collin said.
"During my school years, I didn't have an interest in farming at all."
Mr Collin's agriculture journey has taken him across the country and the Tasman.
"As part of my wife's visa requirements, she worked on organic farms for three months," Mr Collin said.
"The first was an avocado farm in Western Australia and then an essential oils and bamboo farm in Queensland."
The work experience proved invaluable to Mr Collin, stirring up his desire to pursue a career in agriculture.
Capital requirements were a limiting factor, until he found a way to farm on a smaller scale.
"I was listening to a podcast about farming on leased land, with few start up costs and on a smaller scale," Mr Collin said.
"It was the inspiration my wife and I needed and it was a back door into the industry."
Small scale farming took the couple to New Zealand's north island, once Emma's Australian visa expired.
For four years, Mr Collin and his wife, Emma Ruhlmann, cultivated land in Kaiwaka, Northland.
"We started farming in New Zealand using the urban farming concept," Mr Collin said.
"It was the idea of turning over your front yard and farming on a small scale.
"We started farming on a quarter acre, which is not even a farm in Australian terms."
The quarter acre soon turned into a half acre and an opportunity soon arose to lease land and expand.
"Leasing land allowed us to farm on a micro scale, but we always wanted to scale up and have our own land," Mr Collin said.
Back to Australia the pair came, before settling on a 27-acre property in Huntly, the home of Huntly Organics.
"We are carrying on what we did in New Zealand, but scaling it up," Mr Collin said.
"Right now we have an acre of diversified annual vegetables.
"These include lettuce, broccolini, garlic, beans, parsley and herbs."
Mr Collin is hoping to upscale to three acres of annual produce by Spring.
Small scale grain crops, including wheat, barley and oats are also part of Huntly Organics' plan.
Producing a more nutrient dense food in a more sustainable way inspired Mr Collin to produce his own organically grown produce.
"Soil health is similar to human health," he said.
"If you have a complete nutrient profile in your soil, you are going to get a more complete food.
There is market demand for organically and locally grown produce, according to Mr Collin.
"This is what people are looking for," he said.
"There is a lot of conventionally grown produce, but there is no locally grown alternative."
Huntly Organics produce is available at farmers markets, Organics Bendigo and online with farm gate pick up at huntlyorganics.com.au
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