Wakefield Grange win

TOP GONG: Award-winning owners of sustainable meat business Wakefield Grange Sophie and Nathan Wakefield with their children.YANKALILLA –Modern-day farming, a ‘nose-to-tail’ philosophy and a belief in supporting the local community underpins proudly South Australian sustainable meat business Wakefield Grange, which tookout the two top gongs at the annual South Australian Food Industry Awards.
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The three year old company has grown from a husband and wife team, Nathan and Sophie Wakefield, selling via a single farmer’s market each week to a thriving small business servicing up to 30 restaurants and eateries throughout the state and a retail store in Yankalilla.

“We’re ecstatic to have received the top award in the Primary Producer and Sustainability categories amongst a prominent field,” Sophie Wakefield said.

“This award offers our family and our employees a huge pat on the back and shows us that people are embracing our ‘nose-to- tail’ philosophy and locally-grown produce.”

The company prides itself on its sustainable vision, with this commitment extending from the paddock, into their butchery and throughout the Yankalilla retail store.

With a unique, on-farm processing facility, the meat produced and sold by Wakefield Grange is born, raised, processed and sold predominately from within the Fleurieu Peninsula.

“We believe in respecting and processing the whole animal,” Sophie said.

“Most people don’t realise that there is a lot more to an animal than just the piece of meat they pick up from the butcher. We are continually finding creative ways to utilise that secondary cut.

“All beef and lamb produced under the Wakefield Grange brand is 100 per cent grass-fed and finished, antibiotic and hormone growth promotant free.All pork and poultry is grown free range and in many cases pasture raised.It is a true local cooperative in the sense that we work with a whole range of local producers to bring to life the brand.”

Both Nathan and Sophie are passionate about seeing young people come into farming and hope the collaborative approach they’ve taken will help promote agricultural sustainability in the region.The business has previously been a finalist in the SA Food Awards.

The South Australian Food Industry Awards recognise and celebrate individuals and businesses that are making their mark in the food industry by demonstrating their outstanding vision, leadership and innovation.

It provides the opportunity for these ambitious and enthusiastic food professionals to raise the bar and inspire our dynamic food industry to greater achievement.Each year, the awards program is elevated to a higher level through the calibre of entrants, the quality of the judges, and the dedication of the people who work in the food industry. This year the awards shined a light on the best of the state’s food industry, who dream big and shimmer bright.

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