It’s not hard to see why Guido and Wendie, two accomplished blacksmiths who moved from Sydney last year, fell in love with this Nulla Nulla Farm and the potential it holds.
The creative couple left behind a successful business in Sydney, moving to the Macleay Valley last year to fulfil their dream of growing vegetables and creating metal artworks of their own design.
“We were so busy in the city,” Wendie says. “It was just work, work and more work – plus we had two kids to raise! During that time, we always had the dream of buying a property, growing veggies and working on our own designs rather than big commissions. Even in the city, we had free range chooks and grew our own food – sustainability has always been a priority for us.”
When the government sold the historically significant Eveleigh workshop that housed their business, Wrought Artworks, Guido and Wendie took as a sign that it was time for a change.
After an exhaustive search, they finally found Nulla Nulla Farm – a park-like property with its own golf course, an old horseman’s cottage to holiday let and a beautifully crafted stone homestead. The couple plan to host homesteading workshops teaching people how to make their own tools and grow food, while offering accommodation.
“There’s a resurgence in craft just as there’s a growing interest in sustainable farming,” says Guido. “We want to show people how to fix things and get them comfortable with having a workshop, carving with timber and growing food.”
“People need confidence to do this for themselves because the world needs a new generation of farmers,” Wendie agrees. “We believe that growing food and living sustainably is the most important thing we can do right now.”
Find Guido and Wendie selling their fresh Nulla Nulla Farm produce at the Kempsey Riverside Markets on the first Saturday of the month and the Gladstone Quality Markets on the third Sunday.