Redleaf Farm

Welcome to Redleaf Farm.

Redleaf is home to Sam and Katrina Sparke, and our 4 children.

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We love our lifestyle, and strive to provide the best tasting, natural, healthy produce we can. We believe that the best tasting meat is from happy animals.

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We are situated in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia, a lush and picturesque part of the world. At Redleaf we raise beef cattle, sheep, and pigs – plus a menagerie of fowl including geese, chooks, ducks and peacocks.

Our aim is to live healthily and sustainably, and supply only the finest quality free-range produce to a discerning local market.

Treating our animals well is important to us, and that extra love definitely comes across in the taste of our meat. Paddock rotation, stock rotation and organic principles help to maintain our lush, high-nutrient pastures.

Our stock numbers are low so we can manage our hands-on approach – hence our produce is very seasonal. We like it that way, it seems far more natural.

Our pork is from heritage breed Saddleback sows, Pepper, Ginger, Nutmeg, Poppy, Vanilla, Clove and Curly, and either Sam the Ham, or Huey – 2 lovely Saddleback boars. The pigs are free ranging, with access to pasture daily. They are also fed a homemade ‘muesli’ of mixed grains, and given ear rubs every day – to keep them happy.

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Our beef is Angus/Hereford heifers.

Our lamb is from Border Leicester cross ewes and a Dorper – Sam the Ram. They are delicious!

You can contact Katrina anytime on 0411 763 373 or email katrina@redleaf-farm.com

27 thoughts on “Redleaf Farm

  1. Beautiful site! Well done Katrina! I just want to jump on a plane and come visit! The photos you have put on the site look excellent. I especially like the edge detail/border. You have really set up your farm so lovely. Congrats to you and Sam for your commitment to create such a wonderful lifestyle for your family. Ironically, the other day we watched a documentary called, “Food” which is a film about how food is mass produced in the US which would be similar for Australia as well(specifically poultry and pork, and beef industry). It also interviewed organic farmers and they explained how their business is successful because people want their food to taste good. In addition, all the health concerns that come from pesticides and other chemicals used is not good for us either. Shane and I would purchase locally grown organic veggies and fruits and free range eggs & meats at every opportunity when living there. So seeing the film just made us understand more about farming and multi-nationals. Now, living in China. We just appreciate quality food even more!! We buy from our local Chinese farmers who drive in each day and set up crates in the alley with fresh fruits and veggies. The produce always tastes better than the supermarket and are usually better priced, but still it is not organic or free range.

    Can’t wait to hear more about Farmstay!

  2. It has been way too long…….Will try and arrange to bring the gang down soon…..so much to catch up on and see, especially the kids.xx Gazza

  3. Hey Katrina,

    Web site looks and sounds great… Suzie has told me how yum the lamb is… How do we get some to the big smoke… Also do u have a pricelist?

    Bx

    • Hi Bianca, i will catch a lamb for you this afternoon. Suzie said she’ll bring it up to you next week.
      i would love to supply a butcher in sydney but still working on logistics of refrigerated transport etc…

  4. Katrina, thank you for delivering the lamb. Just in time for the Australia Day celebrations.

    the yummiest tasting lamb, so fresh and pure………….please count us in next round…..Also I had to find a recipe for the lamb breast which is a new cut for me…..Happy to share it one I actually give it a go….Bx

  5. Hi Katrina
    Lovely to meet you at Biota this afternoon and hear all about your farm. We are avid supporters of local producers in the Southern Highlands and wish you the very best with your venture. Would love to include you in our FoodPath tours somehow, one day, please keep this in mind. We take groups around to local farms to meet the people who grow our food. Will send you info as discussed. Cheers for now, Jill

    • Hi Jill, yes, it also tasted delicious! I admit I was prepared to be somewhat biased, but Noami and James managed to exceed even my expectations – the pork was simply amazing, and served with a heavenly truffled polenta. I cant wait for the last sunday of february!

  6. Hi Katrina ๐Ÿ™‚
    lovely website, you are living a life style I always dream about. I’ll bookmarked your side awaiting more info about farmstays.
    Basically I have found your website when browsing internet for recipe for python snake cake. Yours looks so real !!!! great work and very artistic finish. I have seen the one, Albino Python done by professional pastrycook in GB but I don’t like the colour.
    http://now.msn.com/see-photos-of-a-frighteningly-realistic-snake-cake
    Would you share the recipe for your chocolate mud cake ? or maybe it is already somewhere on your website ?
    I am rolling my sleeves to make the cake for my son’s 21st birthday next week and i would really appreciated if you sent me some hints.
    cheers
    Evangeline

  7. Hi Katrina. Wondering where about we may find your produce in retail anywhere around the highlands? Please let me know. Your family’s concern for the animals and our food is much appreciated. Thanks. Regan.

  8. Hej family Sparke,
    you have a really nice web site, look fantastic.
    I can hear from my daughter Pernilla that your place is fantastic,
    same as You all in the family.
    All the best from Sweden / Family Runvik

  9. Hi there,
    Do you supply to the sydney market. We are a wholesale butcher supplying some of Sydney’s top restaurants with meat. We are interested in sucking pigs

  10. Hi there, I’m after whole pig for a spit, can you please advise me of price, average weight and how long to order in advance . Look forward to hearing from you.

  11. Wow!! What a great experience my family had today!! Such a cool place!!
    Highly recommend the farm.
    Katrina and her family are so hospitable.
    We brought the pork salami…. delicious!

  12. Hi we have a lovely crop of apples ๐ŸŽ but unfortunately the soil is lacking in calcium so the apples have a brown speckle in the flesh. I have eaten some and they taste fine . I canโ€™t give them to friends as I normally do but wondered if you could take them for your pigs . I can deliver them. Cheers Gaz

  13. We had a magical stay at Redleaf carriages over the April school holidays. Katrina and her family are wonderful hosts – from the welcome hamper of bread, muesli, compote, wine, and marshmallows to toast, to the way the carriage is set up to immerse yourself in the views and menagerie of farm life – there is depth of thought and care to every aspect of the stay to bring comfort, welcome, and nurturing to the guests. It is a fabulous place for families to be able to unplug from the hurly burly of the digital fast paced life, and just reconnect with nature and each other. The most magical part was sitting on the deck with a steaming cup of tea or delicious glass of red, and watching the animal shenanigans whilst the fire crackles nearby. They were all fascinating to watch – the wolfhounds, the highland cows, sheep, geese, pea hens, peacocks, pigs, chooks, and goats. Oh and cannot forget the duck who thinks itโ€™s a chook and the flocks of magpies, king parrots, and cockatoos. All their dynamics and interactions were hilarious to watch, and a reminder to find joy in the simple moments and just breathe, pause, and take it in. Will definitely be back ASAP. X

  14. Hi Katrina
    thanks so much for our great lunch & tour. I’ll definitely be back to stay in the carriage.
    Tafe Tour Guides

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