A confessed born and bred a âcity slickerâ, Ali Scott has spent much of her career in the print industry. It wasnât until Ali joined her partner Dion on his 1050ha Wairarapa property that she found herself involved in agriculture. Since then life on the farm has been all very new and exciting.
Life before farming had Ali involved in various sales and marketing roles. She was a General Manager for a Digital Printing Company when she moved to the sheep and beef property and continued to commute to the city whilst her son finished school. Always very jealous of Dion in red bands when much of her day was spent in heels, she made the decision to join the operation full time in 2013. Since then itâs been a steep learning curve for Ali and a busy time for her and Dion expanding their business twofold.
While the main farm is at Bideford, they have added a couple of lease finishing blocks with 40ha in Masterton and 180ha in Dannevirke, and bought a 540ha property in Pongaroa. More recently Dion and Ali tendered for the Belmont Region Park Farm, a 1200ha property in Wellington, and took over buying stock from LandCorp in July 2016. âThe lease is for just under 10 years and we have a Contract Manager in place something that is a little new to the sheep and beef sector.â
Not one to sit still and seeing an opportunity to take ownership of their supply chain, Ali along with Dionâs support, has taken a portion of the business beyond the farm gate and directly into New Zealand family homes in the form of Homegrown Farm Fresh Meats. âAs farmers we are really very spoilt having a whole lamb in the freezer - the good old fashioned nose to tail eating. We wanted to find a way to supply our family, friends and acquaintances and their family, friends and acquaintances with our beautiful meat.â A key philosophy, and 2am lightbulb moment, is Know your Farmer, Know your Food. Connecting people with naturally farmed, ethically raised food is something they think is important.
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