Agroecologically farming at Jonai Farm
Eganstown, Central Victoria, Dja Dja Wurrung country
We acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Djaara people, and pay respect to all First Nations people.

Who we are

The word Tumpinyeri is from the Ngarrindjeri language. Tump means life and inyeri means belonging to. Belonging to life is how we see ourselves and as growers we use regenerative farming practices to honour this.

Following Agroecological principles we care for the soil, water and air in a holistic and respectful way. We promote and encourage biodiversity which in turn aids us if things become unbalanced.

Tumpinyeri Growers understand that healthy food comes from heathy soils and thriving ecosystems. Caring for country is the only way we can truly care for ourselves and all life.

The Farm

Jonai Farms is an agroecological community-supported agriculture (CSA) farm on unceded Dja Dja Wurrung Country, raising heritage breed Large Black pigs and Speckleline cattle on pasture, and purple hard-necked garlic. Settlers Tammi and Stuart (aka the Jonai) share rent-free land in relations of reciprocity with Tumpinyeri Growers, a market garden run by proud Ngarrindjeri and Narungga man Josh and settler Rex, in a developing silvi-agriculture system, establishing what we all hope is a beacon for the principles and practices of agroecology.

Livestock are fed surplus produce from other food and agriculture systems in Victoria (e.g. brewers’ grain and whey), creating a net ecological benefit by diverting many tonnes of organic ‘waste’ from landfill. While animals are slaughtered off site, carcasses return for further processing and value adding in the on-farm butcher’s shop, and surplus nutrient is processed in Audrey, a rotating drum composting vessel built by Stuart, which completes its paddock to paddock cycle as rich fertiliser for Tumpinyeri’s vegetables. A micro-abattoir to service the farm and 15 other locals is in development.  

95% of produce is sold to 80 household CSA members, who commit to sharing the abundance and the risks of the farm in a solidarity economy, and the small remainder is sold through the farm gate shop. Jonai host regular workshops, teaching butchery, meat literacy, salami making and agroecology.

Our ambition is to be a drawdown farm, demonstrating how an agroecosystem with livestock and abundant biodiversity at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels can express a healthy carbon cycle.

The farm embraces degrowth to ensure sufficiency for all, and we value conviviality and mindful appreciation of the fruits of our labour, stopping to enjoy three meals together each day. We share the benefits of our use of djandak by paying the rent.

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