Our top 5 skin + hair care essentials for your Easter camping trip!

 

Easter school holidays is that time of year when you pack everything that you own into your car and squeeze the kids into whatever space they can fit in for that camping trip to your favourite destination with everything crossed so that the dreaded rain doesn’t hit! There is nothing better at this time of the year than sleeping under the stars and waking in the morning to the cool fresh air and a hot coffee. There is no need to completely rough it, we have put together a collection of Freshwater Farm skincare essentials that will protect and nourish your skin and hair during the trip, whilst being great for the environment.

 

1. Keep It Clean

Our handy little Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Hand Sanitiser 60ml pump gels take up no room at all and will be your best friend if you have little people that are dragging themselves through the mud every 5 minutes! Our Australian-made hand sanitiser gel has been carefully formulated by our in-house lab team to ensure its’ thickness and ability to keep your skin nourished and smelling amazing using our very own Tea Tree Essential Oils from the farm. Once you try this skin-loving hand sanitiser you will never go back!

 

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2. Limit Your Chemical Use

Some of the products campers may bring with them include soaps and detergents to clean up their utensils or for some, they would want to clean up either their gear or some of their clothes. Most of these products we use contain harmful chemicals in them. When we pour out the soapy water we’ve used, it will drain into the soil or run to other water sources damaging the environment and polluting the water sources. Therefore, opt to go for natural biodegradable liquid castile soap such as our Freshwater Farm Lemon Myrtle + Manuka Honey Body Wash, castile liquid is made from olive oil and coconut oil making it 100% biodegradable and suitable for washing your body and your dishes saving you from packing multiple bottles. Throw in a bar of Tea Tree + Eucalyptus soap bar for an environmentally friendly shower staple suitable for the whole family.

 

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3. Zero Waste!

When it comes to packing your toiletry bag for the whole family, bulky shampoo and conditioner bottles can take up a lot of valuable space along with insect repellent and sunscreen. We have the perfect solution for the eco-conscious (and space-conscious!) camper with our Freshwater Farm Shampoo + Conditioner Bars. These soap-free bars are perfectly pH-balanced to 5.5 to ensure your hair and scalp remain hydrated and healthy. For normal hair, choose our Rosewater Cleansing Shampoo and Conditioner Bars. Our shampoo and conditioner bars are responsibly packed in 100% recyclable packing making them a better choice for the planet.

 

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4. Tick Repellant

Ticks are prevalent here in Australia and can carry some pretty nasty toxins that react to different people in different ways, even leading to the contraction of Tick-borne diseases such as Australian Tick Typhus or ‘Spotted Fever’. It’s always best to ideal to stay out of bushy areas and wear long sleeves and pants, but we also have some great tick-repelling solutions! Choose an essential oil such as Kunzea (Tick Bush) Essential Oil or Eucalyptus Essential Oil for their tick repelling qualities, either use the oils on a burner or add dilute with a skin-loving carrier oil such as coconut oil to apply directly to the skin.

 

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5. The Perfect Remedy for Hardworking Hands

Camping can be pretty hard on your hands, the heat during the day and cold at night, putting up the tent, and constant washing of dishes, clothes, and dogs! Take some time at the end of the day to give your hands some love after your shower by lathering them in our Freshwater Farm Rosewater Moisturising Hand Cream, its rich base of shea butter and almond oil will leave your hands feeling soft and nourished.

 

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Enjoy the Easter break, we hope the Easter Bunny comes to you!

 
Lots of love,
Freshwater Farm xx
 

 

The Big Wet!

What’s Happening at the Farm- November 21

With a La Nina confirmed in Australia, we expect to see a lot more of this rainfall during Summer 2022, we have received a huge 320ml of rain at the farm starting around the second week of November which has really hampered the harvesting of our Tea-tree and Lemon-scented Tea tree. The first 150ml was well received by our thirsty plants but we could have done without the rest! However, it is much preferable to a drought.. We are lucky that we planted our new crops of lemon myrtle just at the right time, and with the addition of some of Neutrog’s Who Flung Dung fertilizer, we expect to see some great results come harvest time. We have been busily working to expand our plantation over the past few months, recently planting another 1000 lemon myrtle plants, 1000 Old Man Saltbush & 1000 Kunzea plants. The Kunzea was grown from very small tube stock in the greenhouse over the Winter and has recently been planted with another 1000 plants to come over the next month. Our Freshwater Farm Kunzea + Sandalwood range has quickly become a firm favourite among our customers, we now have a hand wash, body wash, body bar, and pure essential oil in the range. Have you tried it yet?.

A great deal of time has been taken in preparing the ground over Winter for more Lemon Myrtle, Kunzea and Saltbush in the plantation. We are also looking to add 1000 Melaleuca ericifolia (lavender tea tree also called Rosalina), a new addition to our essential oil collection. The essential oil of this species has a distinct lavender note that goes with a more traditional eucalyptus-like smell of the other components of the oil. This oil can be used in a diffuser, oil burner, or in the bath to release its relaxing, refreshing, and calming aroma. The ground has been extremely wet during November, so harvesting has been limited in the lemon-scented tea tree plantation. The Leptospermum petersonii (Lemon scented tea tree) is now in bud, soon the aromatic flowers will bloom attracting the birds and bees to the plantation. We are now in the process of harvesting all of the honey from our 12 hives in preparation for the influx of Manuka Honey, we have now got an abundance of newly harvested farm honey which is now available online  HERE The reason that we get manuka honey here on Freshwater Farm is that Leptospermum petersonii is a very close cousin of the Leptospermum scoparium (manuka bush), which is native to New Zealand and Australia. The only real difference between the two is that the Manuka bush flowers more profusely. The manuka honey that we produce on the farm is small in supply and is used in our hugely popular Lemon Myrtle + Manuka Honey range. Farmhand Ricky found an Eastern Rosella nesting in one of our old rotting fence posts this month, he made a containment line around the nest to give them some peace but managed to capture this beautiful image first! Yellow-tailed black cockatoos are also regular visitors to the farm, there has been a lot of Casuarina cunninghamiana (Australian beefwood) planted over the years at the farm as well as a lot of naturally occurring Casuarina glauca (swamp oak) which are a staple diet of the black cockatoos and generally attracts a lot of native birds. They are welcome guests at Freshwater Farm, even Frankie likes them!
 

Al captured this great shot of the White Egrets flying over the paddock last week. White Egrets love the wet, hence why they are spending so much time at the farm right now! They are also great for getting rid of grubs and bugs that are not so welcome at the farm. Did you know these beautiful and elegant birds are actually considered endangered in Western Australia and Victoria?

Farm dog Frankie had a great time with our new Freshwater Farm cows, we are not sure that the feeling was mutual!
We now have 11 cows on the property, given the sole job of keeping our paddocks under control, the grandkids just love them. The cows are getting lots of human contact, even hand feeding so that we can encourage them to clear the weeds throughout the plantation, luckily, they don’t like the taste of lemon myrtle! We do have to keep them out of the delicate low-lying regrowth of the tea-tree planation though as they may walk straight over it.

This month, Al was asked to sit in for our friend Uwe Stroeher at Neutrog for a chat with Graham Ross- Al, as a long-time 2GB listener jumped at the chance and did a great job! It looks like we could lose our distinguished leader to a new career in radio! Al’s extensive knowledge of horticulture came from his passion for gardening that resulted in him getting a diploma in horticulture and later fulfilling his dream of buying a working farm. It’s well worth a listen if you have a green finger.

You can find out more about our relationship with Neutrog and how their products have helped our crops HERE.
Hope you enjoyed our update and have a Happy Christmas!



Happy Global Hand Washing Day

Hey Fresh Farmers! Today is Global Hand Washing Day, how exciting!! Global Hand Washing Day is all about reminding people of the importance of good hand hygiene to protect yourself and others around you from sickness!

We are sure by now (after the craziness of the last 2 years) we are all aware of the importance of hand washing so we thought today we would celebrate by giving you the run down on how to select the perfect hand wash!

So without further ado if you want a hand wash that will keep your hands soft, hydrated and clean here are the 5 things to look out for:


1. Castile Base

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Now I know we talk about this all the time but there are just soo many reasons to look out for a castile base when choosing a hand wash! The first reason is that Castile is plant based! Regular soap is often made from animal fats, but castile is made from plant oils like Olive and Coconut! Because of these plant oils Castile is extremely hydrating for your skin plus it’s perfectly safe for all skin types including sensitive. Castile based soaps are extremely effective at gently removing dirt and impurities from your skin.

   

2. Gentle Foam

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If you have ever used one of our Castile Hand Washes before you will notice they have a gentle lather with minimal foam and there is a very good reason for this. When your hand wash has too much bubbles and foam this can actually dry out your skin a lot! Our hand washes have been purposely designed as a liquid formula with a gentle lather to keep your skin nourished and protected.

           

3. Tocopherol or Natural Vitamin E

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Tocopherol is a form of natural Vitamin E. Vitamin E is excellent for improving the skins health and hydration. It is also rich with antioxidants to help ease inflammation or irritation on your skin. These properties make Vitamin E an excellent addition to your hand wash.

       

4. Natural Fragrance

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Synthetic fragrances can be not only harmful to your skin but to our planet too. Anything that goes down your drain ends up back flooding back into the ground or the ocean so if you enjoy using a hand wash with a lovely scent (I mean who doesn’t) why not opt for one that is fragranced naturally with essential oils! Essential oils also provide unique and beautiful scents that are often more gentle and pleasant for the senses.

       

5. Glycerin

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The final ingredient to look out for is Glycerin. Glycerin helps to hydrate your skin by drawing in moisture from the environment to the top layer of your skin to give you that glowing and soft finish. Glycerin is most effective when used with plant oils like olive and coconut that it can draw moisture from! This is one of the reasons why our Castile Washes work so beautifully to keep your skin smooth and hydrated.







And that concludes our guide to the perfect hand wash! If you are looking for a hand wash with all of these ingredients be sure to check out our Castile Wash range!

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We hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Lots of love,
Freshwater Farm xx

National Wattle Day 2021

Hello Fresh Farmers, we hope you are having a wonderful week so far! We are very excited because today is National Wattle Day! We recently introduced Wattle Seed to our range so of course we wanted to learn more about this celebration and what it means!

What does the Golden Wattle, Australia’s floral emblem, represent?

Diversity




The Golden Australian Wattle or Acacia has over 1000 species! This represents the great diversity of Australian people who have many different family and ethnic backgrounds. Let’s celebrate this wonderful diversity that gives us such rich culture!

Resilience


After bushfires the Golden Wattle is one of the first plants to regrow and cover the land with its vibrant flowers. This reminds of the importance of resilience in tough times!


We think this is an important one to remember right now. We know that times have been very tough recently with this pandemic still lingering on…but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. The best thing we can do is stay strong and look after each other! Just like the Wattle, we have all had time to ourselves to reset and renew so that we are ready to come back stronger and more beautiful than ever!


Unity




The Wattle is a symbol for what unites us as Australians! The bright yellow flower is represents the humorous and fun culture that we all share.

 

How can you celebrate Wattle Day?

Wattle Day is all about celebrating our friendships and having fun! It’s about helping each other through difficult times, as Australians do, and appreciating the beauty of Australian nature! So what can you do?

1. Enjoy a Wattle Themed Snack

wattle seeds grounded on a spoon

Wattle Seeds have been used in Aboriginal cooking for 1000’s of years as they are a great source of protein and fiber. Toast your Wattle Seeds gently to bring out a rich nutty flavor and sprinkle on some muesli for a delightful treat. Ground your toasted Wattle Seeds to take your homemade coffee or chai latte to the next level.


2. Take a walk through the Australian bush

Getting outside once a day some for some light exercise can really help you feel calmer and at ease. If you live near a walking track or national park, why not go for a bushwalk so you can appreciate the beauty of Australian nature. See if you can spot any Wattle along the way!


3. Try a Wattle Skincare Product

wattle seed extract soap

Wattle Seed doesn’t just have a beautiful flavour, it’s also filled with some powerful benefits for your skin. Being such a resilient plant, it’s no surprise that Wattle Seed Extract can help protect and repair your skin. Wattle Seed is a natural source of antioxidants, which help to rid of damage causing toxins in your skin. Gallic Acid, also found in Wattle Seed, can help to calm redness and repair blemishes.

Shop our beautiful Saltbush + Wattle Seed Extract Body Bar.


4. Reach out to a friend who makes you smile

Do you have a friend that always makes you laugh or smile? We could all use a little pick me up sometimes so why not send them a message today to let them know how much you appreciate their friendship!

We hope you enjoyed this little diary update celebrating Wattle Day! What will you do to celebrate?

Lots of love,

Freshwater Farm xx

 

This week we are talking hand-sanitiser and how to make the best choice for your family

If we look back to pre-covid days we were probably not as stringent about hand washing or hand sanitising as we are today. It has now become a part of our routine like brushing our teeth! There are many sub-standard hand sanitisers out there that you have probably tried… Some are too runny, some are sticky and some just smell terrible! We are here to help you solve your sanitiser woes and explain a little more about what goes in to our Freshwater Farm Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Hand Sanitiser Gel that makes it the perfect choice for you and your family.

| 99.99% Effective in eliminating germs & bacteria |

What makes Freshwater Farm’s Hand Sanitiser different?

  • Contains Glycerin: This is what helps to keep your hands moisturised and hydrated
  • Natural Essential Oil Fragrance: Our sanitiser contains tea tree essential oils for a refreshing scent instead of that harsh alcoholic scent. The tea tree is grown on our family farm on the mid-north coast of NSW.
  • 70%v/v ethanol: This is what kills the bacteria and nasties
  • 100% Australian Ethanol derived from natural sugarcane



When developing our very own hand sanitiser, our lab team identified that the consistency of the product was really important to our customers. If it was too runny, it was not easy to spread evenly over hands and did not leave your hands feeling nourished and moisturised. The team used naturally derived Triethanolamine to emulsify and stabilise the product, giving it the beautiful gel consistency that it has.   We use our home-grown tea-tree in the product to give it a clean and typically Australian scent, that is know and loved. The tea-tree is harvested on our farm and distilled into essential oils that are added to our products, giving them not only a beautiful scent, but adding to the moisturising and nourishing qualities of our Hand Sanitisers.

For the full Tea Tree + Eucalyptus experience check out our NEW Family Sanitising Bundle!

Just $50 with FREE SHIPPING! ($61 RRP). From our family to yours…

Included in the bundle:

1 x Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Oil Surface Sanitising Spray – 500ml

1 x Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Oil Hand Sanitiser Gel – 500ml

2 x Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Oil Hand Sanitiser Gel – 60ml

1 x Tea Tree + Eucalyptus Sanitising Body Bar – 200g

Order today and receive FREE SHIPPING Australia-wide
With love, from Freshwater Farm x

Natural Australian Skincare Ingredients You Need To Try

Hey Fresh Farmers, today we wanted to share some of our research on a range of native Australian natural ingredients you will find in some of our products and at Freshwater Farm. We pride ourselves on using nature’s most unique and divine ingredients because we know all of the incredible benefits they can provide for your skin. Read on to find out how some of these Australian ingredients can really transform your skin and body.
 

1. Kakadu Plum  

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Image via Pinterest
Kakadu Plum is an Australian native fruit which has actually been recognized as the worlds richest source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps to promote collagen production. Collagen is the main structural protein of our skin, hence a higher level of collagen will lead to firmer and smoother skin. If you are after a youthful and toned look, Vitamin C is an essential ingredient. Vitamin C can also help to encourage the skins natural healthy glow and radiance.

Kakadu Plum is also an antioxidant which as discussed above makes it great for anti-ageing as it protects the skin cells from damage. It also helps to keep the skin cells hydrated.

Kakadu Plum contains ellagic acid which works to strengthen the skins protective barrier and reduce irritation.
Sara from our Lab Team says:
“One thing I love about the addition of Kakadu Plum in our products is that it is beneficial for people (like myself) who have blemish-prone skin. It’s high in anti-oxidants so it detoxifies the skin and prevents breakouts, meaning I can rock a more natural, low-coverage makeup look with confidence.”
Suffer from body acne? Kakadu Plum could be your saviour! Shop our Kakadu Plum + Australian Red Clay Body Bar  

2. Wattle Seed Extract

australian golden wattle Wattle Seed Extract comes from Australia’s floral emblem – Golden Wattle. It is often correlated with the spirit of Australia as this little flower is known withstand droughts and bushfires, hence represents the resilience of Australians.

Wattle Seed Extract is becoming a rising ingredient in natural skincare due to it’s antioxidant levels. Antioxidant is a word often thrown around in skincare but basically this refers to the ability of a substance to slow or prevent the damage of skin cells. This skin cell damage is caused by a failure to remove waste products of the cells or otherwise known as free radicals. The production of free radicals can be increased by factors like exposure to the sun or environmental pollution which for our skin causes signs of ageing. Antioxidants help to fight and protect the skin cells from this damage. Wearing sunscreen every day is another important step to protecting your skin from free-radical damage.

Wattle Seed Extract is also high in Gallic Acid which has a wide range of benefits for the skin including calming redness, fading dark spots and promoting an even skin tone.
Wilson from our Lab Team says:
“Without getting into the nitty gritty, Wattle Seed and its extract is rich in amino acids, promotes healthy, supple skin – it’s also shown to have reduced inflammation in some studies. It is honestly a no brainer when formulating a good quality, functional product for skincare and the fact that it is a well-loved Australian native is simply a bonus.”

Want to feel the benefits of Wattle Seed? You can shop our delicious new Saltbush + Wattle Seed Extract Body Wash here


3. Australian Saltbush

Australian Saltbush is a relatively new ingredient to modern skincare however in some Indigenous Australian Aboriginal cultures it was traditionally used for cleansing of wounds and irritations due to its antibacterial properties.

Saltbush is also rich in antioxidants and minerals to protect your skin.
Tom from our Lab Team says: 
“Due to its strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties, Australian Saltbush was an obvious choice to include in the Freshwater Farm range. Our Saltbush + Wattle seed extract body bars are a personal favourite of mine, and will leave your skin feeling fresh and rejuvenated”
Like the sound of refreshing and cleansing Saltbush? Our Saltbush + Wattle Seed Extract Body Bar is now available!
 

4. Lemon Myrtle

lemon myrtleLemon Myrtle Oil is a native Australian botanical that not only smells incredible but has great benefits for the skin, no wonder it is becoming extremely popular in skincare. Lemon Myrtle Oil has an astringent effect, which is perfect for tightening the pores to reveal clearer skin. It also has high levels of antibacterial properties which can deeply cleanse the skin to rid of bacteria causing acne or irritation.

Lemon Myrtle has great antioxidant levels to strengthen and protect skin cells. It’s also also a good choice for oily skin and it can help to naturally balance the skins oil production to help rid of excess oil.

Lemon Myrtle Oil is also a well-known for its aromatherapy benefits. It is said to have an uplifting effect on the mood and can relieve headaches or stress.
Laymond from our Lab Team says
“Lemon Myrtle is an Australian native shrub with one of the most intense citrus notes out of any plant in this world. It contains a range of antioxidants, vitamin A and E and essential minerals such as zinc and magnesium to not only provide comprehensive protection but also repairs to the skin”
Love the Lemon Myrtle scent? Shop our farm grown and distilled Pure Lemon Myrtle Essential Oil here

5. Kunzea

Kunzea is alkunza flowerso a relatively new ingredient to skincare but it is a beautiful Australian native botanical. Kunzea is well known for its anti-inflammatory effect, helping to soothe any redness or irritation on the skin. Kunzea can also be used to help increase moisture and hydration.

In aromatherapy Kunzea works well for relieving headaches or a stuffy nose. It can also help relieve stress and keeps the mind refreshed.
Hazel from our Lab Team says:
“What I like about the addition of Kunzea Oil in our products is its lovely, refreshing and invigorating scent. It contains natural compounds that have anti-inflammatory and skin-soothing properties. Perfect in your everyday wash.”
Is your skin in need of a little healing and soothing? Shop new our Kunzea + Sandalwood Oil Castile Body Bar here!
Thanks for joining us today. We hope you enjoyed this little educational piece from us. Are there any other ingredients you would like to know more about?

Lots of love,
Freshwater Farm xo
   
 

This week marks NAIDOC week, to celebrate we have teamed up with a talented young artist from Worimi Country, the land Freshwater Farm calls home. Brittney Paulson is not only a very talented artist but also an inspiring young woman that is embracing her rich indigenous heritage and using her skills to educate and teach the next generation.

Freshwater Farm acknowledges the Worimi Aboriginal Tribe as the traditional owners of the land occupied by Freshwater Farm.

We asked Brittney to explain to us what NAIDOC week means to her, this is what she said…

Minyang nyura wubaliyn? Nyura yiigu marala barraygu. Yii barraba barray. Yii Gathangguba barray. Gathay nyiirun.

Welcome. What are you doing?

You have come here.

This is my country, this is Worimi country.

Let us go together.

My name is Brittney Paulson – I am a proud Worimi, Biripi, Kamilaroi Woman. I live on saltwater country – Worimi land.

If someone asked you; what does Heal Country mean to you, what would you say?

Learn the background and history – ask simple questions to our younger Indigenous generations; let them guide you & let them be your teacher.

Freshwater Farm (being located on Worimi Country) have given me the opportunity to share my experiences/also share a few wise words on what you can do to help celebrate NAIDOC.

We are working on something super exciting which I can’t wait to share with you all later on!

Firstly, I thought I’d share a little about what NAIDOC means to me.

I find it so much more respectful when others acknowledge where I grew up/ and ask about my mob. I love to rant on about my mob. These are things our younger Indigenous generation should be able to share; they should be proud.

I grew up confused, I was always so proud to be Aboriginal but how could I ever embrace something that none of my non-indigenous friends didn’t care about?

6 uncles, 7 aunties – (32) great aunties and uncles. If I asked my friends about my Aboriginal background; would they be able to answer? I’m 26 years old – this is something I think to myself all the time.

Personally, for me – NAIDOC week is celebrated every day. Everyday, I feel so proud to be an Aboriginal woman. I’m also proud be guided by the best people in the world – my mob.

It is important for me to educate others about the land on which we live on today.

“Country is more than a place. Country is family, kin, law, lore, ceremony, traditions, and languages”

Celebrating NAIDOC week; is a week of recognising our First Nations people & protecting our land which has always been a priority.
Connect to culture, learn something new about your own backyard and let’s start recognising the Traditional Lands our people live on today.
Respect the land you live on & let’s keep listening to the voices of our elders/First Nations people.
If you are someone who shared the BLM square however haven’t recognised NAIDOC week – then here’s me telling you to go do some reflection.
If I asked what traditional land you live on; could you answer that?
 
Learn about the culture in your own backyard.
NAIDOC isn’t a trend – It is an important time celebrated by our First Nations people.  – Brittney Paulson

Freshwater Farm are so excited to work with Brittney on an upcoming project, keep an eye on our social for further details coming soon! In the meantime, please support Brittney by taking a look at her art @ukamirra.art

Freshwater Farm xx

Australian Made Week – Meet Lizzie Welborn

 

Hey friends, we are so excited to be celebrating the very first Australian Made Week with you! We thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you to our wonderful brand ambassador Lizzie Welborn. Read on to find out more about Lizzie!

   

Tell us a little bit about yourself Lizzie:

Hey I am Lizzie Welborn, a professional Ironwoman and I am super passionate about protecting our environment and oceans. I grew up in a family that loved the sea and since about 9 years old when I was a nipper at Bronte SLSC I have been obsessed with the sport!

 

How did you find out about Fresh Water Farm?

My partnership with Freshwater Farm started simply by a friend introducing me to Al, the ‘farmer joe’ of Freshwater Farm at the surf club a few months ago.  Because I’m passionate about the environment and Freshwater Farm produces environmentally friendly soaps and body care products, we discovered we have so much in common.

 

Freshwater Farm is near your favourite surfing spot, isn’t it?

Yes, it’s 20 minutes away from Seal Rocks, my favourite place on earth. I’ve been going to Seal Rocks with my family for as long as I can remember. It is a place that I associate with love, family, laughter, adventure and a deep connection with nature.

 

 

 

Why did you become a Freshwater Farm Brand Ambassador?

Freshwater Farm embodies the same values that I have. Freshwater Farm is a family run business, and the Farm is a place where they also venture to experience love and adventure. We all share a passion for caring for our natural environment, whether it is the beach or the land. It was a perfect match. They are thinking of ways that can help contribute to a cleaner planet whether it’s on the big scale such as growing all of their own local ingredients and using no nasties but to the little things such as using clear plastic bottles so they can be recycled right here in Australia instead of having to go overseas. It’s all these little things that make a big difference.

 

What is your favourite thing about Freshwater Farm?

I love to think of how cool the world would be if every business thought about the planet like Freshwater Farm in the production of their products. I’m super passionate about protecting our environment and I love to make sure I am doing every little thing that I can to make sure we’re living in a better world and buying products like Freshwater Farm is that little one percent that you can do. It’s really exciting to be partnered with a company that shares the same values as me.

Thank you so much Lizzie!

Lots of love,

Freshwater Farm xo

Hello friends and HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY! Today we are celebrating all ladies around the world – shout out to you for being AMAZING! International Women’s Day is all about empowerment and recognition of some of the amazing achievements of Women so we thought today we would interview none other than Jane Hutcherson. Jane is not only one of the owners of the Freshwater Farm property, she is also our Finance Director. Jane is also a Co-Director of Soap Solutions, the manufacturing side of our business where we make all of the our beautiful products on the Northern Beaches.

Jane please tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hi I am Jane and I am all about style, heath and the beach lifestyle! These elements have all helped to shape Freshwater Farm, to create a brand that is a true reflection our values and vision, which I believe makes us so unique. I am a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 5 and it gives me great pleasure watching the next generation become more and more involved in our brand. I lead an enormously busy life but it’s all worth while getting to play a role in such a successful brand.

What inspired you to begin in the personal care industry?

My husband, Al, had wanted to buy a soap plant in 1993. To be quite honest at first I did not think it was a very good idea haha…I said what on earth are we going to do with that! As I mentioned I have always been interested in Health and Wellbeing so I guess I took this an opportunity to use my knowledge in those areas to ensure we create products that align with what I believe are genuinely good for people. We agreed that if we were to start making soap we wanted to do it right. I think in the past there has been a real gap in the market for what I believe to be high quality personal care that is ethically manufactured in Australia, I wanted to change this. This motivated us to ensure our products would be environmentally friendly and made with high quality, well researched ingredients right here in Australia.

How has Freshwater Farm changed since you first began?

The Freshwater Farm brand itself developed in 2018 and was inspired by our recently purchased Farm on the Mid-North Coast. On the Farm already there was existing an Tea Tree and Lemon Scented Tea Tree plantation. Since then we have planted Lemon Myrtle and started producing Manuka Honey from bees feeding on the Lemon Scented Tea Tree. It brings me great pleasure seeing all of the beautiful ingredients from the farm that we worked so hard to nurture and grow actually be used in our own products. I love knowing exactly what goes into the products we make because we have created the ingredients ourselves. I am so proud of the high quality look and feel we have achieved.

What is your favourite thing about Freshwater Farm as a brand?

My favourite part about the brand is reading all of the wonderful feedback from customers about the products. It’s such a great feeling when people really appreciate what you believe in and worked so hard to achieve. It’s been amazing being able to tell our story and have people really resonate with us and our products. I really think people can tell the difference with Freshwater Farm because you can feel all of devotion and hard work that goes in everyday. It wasn’t easy to get to where we are and I think people really appreciate that and want to be part of building the story.

What is your best piece of advice for any women wanting to start her own business?

I think my best piece of advice is finding a blend. I think you always need to bring your own blend of values into everything you do so that is has a soul and represents who you are. People will always gravitate to what is genuine and there is no better way to do that than bring your own personal touch. I managed to find a blend between what’s important to me – my family, career, health and vitality – and I brought all of these with me into Freshwater Farm.

Thank you so much for your time Jane!

We hope you enjoyed this special interview. Let us know if you have anymore questions for Jane!

Lots of love,

Freshwater Farm xo

Hi everyone! Today we thought it would be nice to get a bit more personal and introduce some of our team. Over this year we hope to introduce you to more of the Freshwater Farm family so you can learn more about us as people!

There’s no better way to kick this off than with our Technical Manager, Wilson, who is in charge of laboratory at Freshwater Farm. Wilson’s job along with his team involves creating and perfecting all of our amazing products at Freshwater Farm. This includes designing formulas, sourcing only the best ingredients, testing products for safety and performance and ensuring our product quality remains top standard.

To begin tell us a little bit about yourself Wilson?

I love the outdoors and going on hikes and exploring different national parks. That being said, I’m about to go out camping for the first time ever at the age of 24, hahah! Basketball has been with me since primary school and a hobby I lean on regularly to clear my mind and keep fit.

What inspired you to be a Technical Manager?

After my time here as an intern in 2018, I became fascinated with the idea of taking an idea of a product to the shelves of a supermarket and the homes of consumers. Products that are great value and loved by the people that use them. On the other hand, I also saw this as an opportunity to make an impact on the industry from a sustainable manufacturing point of view which I’ll continue to carry and build on, the more we grow and expand our capabilities.

What is favourite part of your job?

Favourite thing would be watching project briefs turn into products on shelves, picking something up in a store knowing the work we put in to get it there is a great feeling.

What is your favourite sustainability hack?

Not necessarily a hack but the one thing that was a game changer for me was actually installing and using a compost bin, directly reducing the waste that ends up in landfill. Otherwise it’s literally bringing a water bottle with me everywhere I go, all day every day.

What is your favourite Freshwater Farm product?

Hemp Seed Oil Conditioner – in a nutshell, this little 70g bar represents everything we strive to achieve in our tech team – innovative, sustainable, functional

Thanks very much for your time Wilson!

We hope you enjoyed reading more about our team and what we are all about at Freshwater Farm. Let us know if you have any more questions for Wilson! Who would you like us to interview next?

Lots of love,

Freshwater Farm xo