Keynote Speaker

Oliver Shorthouse

Farmer, Rammaro Farm

Ramarro Farm is a small market garden situated an hour from Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges. It grows a range of vegetables, some fruit and occasionally forage locally. It sells its produce to top Melbourne restaurants because the owners, Oliver and Lisa Shorthouse, love seeing what they do with it. They have found that the dialogue between the Chef and the Farmer makes both of their products better.

The Ramarro Farm home site, a former flower farm, boasts rich red mountain soil with naturally high organic matter. In a normal year it receives over 1200mm of rain and winters seem to stretch on forever. All of these characteristics provide favourable growing conditions with the perennial battle with weeds the only downside.