Kelmarna beef boxes
As a working city farm, Kelmarna's purpose is to produce local, sustainable food for our community and to act as a demonstration resource for organic self-sufficiency. Many times in our history, this has included livestock grazing our paddocks, as well as our vegetable and fruit production. Previously these animals have been owned by partner organisations who made the final decisions about them.
For the first time, we are now offering the unique opportunity for our community to purchase a share of Kelmarna Gardens' beef, from our ethically-raised, grass-fed cattle, as local as you can get.
What is a beef CSA?
We are now offering the opportunity to buy a share of our beef, in a Community Supported Agriculture (or CSA) type model.
This model connects community members directly with farmers, allowing them to support local farmers, and know that their food is a fresh as possible, and raised in the way they want it to be. It's also an opportunity to develop your "nose-to-tail" zero waste eating, using the whole of the animal.
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Please note that our 15kg boxes are now sold out.
Kelmarna x A Lady Butcher bresaola
$12 / 60g pack
$30 for 3 packs
We've been working in partnership with A Lady Butcher, who will be curing some of our beef to create a unique Kelmarna bresaola, using Kelmarna-specific flavours from the garden, and a nitrate-free curing process.
Bresaola is air-dried, salted beef that has been aged two or three months until it becomes hard and turns a dark red, almost purple colour. It is made from top round, and is lean and tender, with a sweet, musty smell.
The bresaola will be for sale in 2-3 months when it has finished curing. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to pre-order some.
The story of our beef
Our three Hereford steers started their lives on the school farm at Mt Albert Grammar School, before being gifted to Kelmarna in 2017, as a koha for previous favours grazing MAGS' livestock on our land. Since then, you will have seen and heard them happily roaming the paddocks surrounding our gardens, foraging the pasture, or when they're really lucky tearing strips off banana palms after we've harvested the fruit.
Raised on grass throughout their lives, our steers have turned the poorer-quality soil in our paddock into a food-producing asset, enabling us to produce food on the whole of our site. For the past year, Adrian has also been jumping on his bike every day to supplement their diet with fruit and veg off-cuts from our local greengrocer - turning our urban "waste" destined for landfill, into locally-raised meat in the heart of the city.
As with sales of all Kelmarna produce, all proceeds are returned to the community through our programme of educational, therapeutic and community-building activities.
Paddock to plate at your local restaurants
You will also be able to sample Kelmarna beef on the menu at some of our local partner restaurants.
Orphans Kitchen, Cazador, and Ozone will all be serving a variety of cuts in their restaurants over the coming months. You'll also be able to try our meat in the delicious pies at Daily Bread, while Ozone's summer menu will feature our Kelmarna x A Lady Butcher bresaola later this year.
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