Buena Vista is a family farm bought by Fiona’s great-great-grandfather in 1859, when, after renting it for almost twenty years, it came up for sale. He rode his horse into the auction at Kiama and successfully bid on it. It was a dairy farm until about fifteen years ago when Fiona’s dad, Malcolm, retired and put in a small coffee grove.
Almost three years ago Fiona and Adam moved back to the farm with the intention of building a small, sustainable operation, on 18 acres of the original farm, which would support a young family. They started with laying hens and meat chickens and have gradually added bees, a small number of grass-fed beef, a market garden, a kitchen garden, free range pigs, geese and ducks and a commercial kitchen in which they make a range of fermented foods for sale at the local weekly farmer’s market.
At the end of 2013 they began running cooking workshops, based around their passion for from-scratch food and wholefood cooking.
The farm is not open for visiting except by appointment and class bookings only. There is no farm shop on site; all produce is sold through the Kiama Farmer’s Market on Wednesdays.