Necessity as the mother of invention is on display every day with Tasmanian food producers. Over the coming months we’ll tell many stories about their creativity not just in their food but in making a living! The necessity is clear – living on an island at the edge of the world – with long distances and high transport costs – really eliminates commodity agriculture as viable way to earn an income. So even if you wanted to be that kind of farmer, and there’s plenty of other reasons not to, you can’t really do it anyway because to overcome the challenge of distance you have to have a niche that stands you out from the crowd and preferably a way to add extra value to your crop.
One of the iconic moments in our first year in Tasmania was driving along and seeing a small group of people in a paddock with some equipment. We took a double take when we realized that hanging from a small crane on the back of their ute was a freshly killed cow, being butchered. We thought it was a great scene and stopped to take a look and have a chat.