Located on the NSW mid-north coast inland from Port Macquarie, our farm is where rare breed heritage pork is raised ethically on pasture and, in better times, seasonal vegetables are grown in the fields. Near River believes it is important for you to connect with the food you eat, and know the story about how it is produced and by whom, and to also be aware of the impact that the quality of the food that you eat has on your health, the health of society and the health of the environment.
Our pasture raised pork pork has garnered State Award wins in the prestigious delicious. Produce Awards in the From the Paddock category in 2021, 2020, 2018 and 2016 which we are most proud of
Source our rare breed heritage free range pork directly by contacting the stockists listed below.
In Port Macquarie, our produce can be found at Two Triple Four at Cassegrain Winery,
and Drury Lane Eatery in town.
Previously a number of unique farm events have been held, commencing with Breakfast in the Beds - a pop-up dining experience that enabled you to come and enjoy Near River, participate in some farming activities, and see where and how your food is grown, before sitting down to a meal garnered from the fields you were sitting in.
That success led to Meals in the Fields which has been held numerous times since 2013 with a variety of chefs partnering with us and commanding the pans in the Near River kitchen. In addition to produce from our fields, a number of other artisan producers from the region are also featured.
With an enforced break due to the drought and Covid, we have plans to hold Meals in the Fields again in the very near future.
Be sure to stay tuned for details - tickets sell out promptly.
Andrew chats with Anthony Huckstep about pork and the Near River journey.
After decades as a horticulturist, Andrew Hearne (Near River Produce) had a yearning to get out to the country and grow nutrient rich, organic vegetables and help replenish the soil and land. It wasn’t long before he became enamoured by the teachings of organic pioneer, Joel Salatin who inspired him to introduce pigs to his farm. With the firm belief that it is important to connect with the food you eat, he is now producing some of Australia’s best pork.
Follow The Crackling
Here’s a video we made back in 2015, and whilst a few things have changed, (we are no longer at markets) our guiding principles still stand.
With thanks to Katie and Marcus at Green Parrot
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