August 25, 2015

Former Longrain executive chef Martin Boetz has a food and farming vision: it’s about growing what you need, using what you grow, and doing it all locally.

Boetz bought his 28-acre farm in Sackville in 2011, and quickly turned it into the Cooks Co-op – a reaction to the commercialisation of farming. The Co-op is the hub of a soil-to-plate agricultural project that lets chefs from top restaurants take part in the farming process, and even rent plots for their exclusive use. It’s a kind of sanctuary for them to be a part of the entire food journey. Boetz himself supplies top Sydney restaurants with his own premium Hawkesbury produce.

The farm is set amongst lush green hills and bushland, and can be hired for events and functions. Think beautiful, garden-style weddings, special milestone birthdays, or corporate functions with a difference. To find out more, email

And for the perfect romantic weekend away, pack a bottle of red and book into the Cooks Co-op Cottage. Clean white interiors, big windows with stunning views of the river and bushland all around make for seclusion and escapism – without the travel time. Bookings are via James Rose Unique Accommodation; see for more information.

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