The Story Behind Foxtrot Home - Passion, Farming, and Sustainable Homewares


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  By Elizabeth-Marie Nes

The Story Behind Foxtrot Home - Passion, Farming, and Sustainable Homewares

In the bucolic landscapes of Central Hawkes Bay, nestled amidst rolling hills and lush pastures, lies the picturesque farm of Tapahia. Owned and operated by Kate and Jeremy Cullwick, Tapahia is not just a homestead; it's a testament to their unwavering commitment to sustainable farming and ethical wool production. Their journey from veterinary clinics to wool blankets is a remarkable tale of passion, perseverance, and the pursuit of a dream.

Kate and Jeremy's paths first intertwined at a Sheep & Beef Conference in 2007, a chance encounter that would change the course of their lives forever. At the time, Kate was practicing veterinary medicine in Fairlie, a quaint town in the heart of the MacKenzie Country, while Jeremy was stationed in Dannevirke. Despite the geographical distance separating them, their shared love for rural life and farming forged a deep connection, eventually leading Kate to join Jeremy in Dannevirke.

Their union in 2010 marked not just the beginning of their married life but also the genesis of a shared vision for their future. With roots deeply embedded in farming – both Kate and Jeremy had grown up on farms – the couple harbored dreams of returning to the land. Jeremy's ancestral farm, Tapahia, held a special place in his heart, beckoning them with promises of a life deeply intertwined with the rhythms of nature.

In late 2012, Kate and Jeremy made the bold decision to embark on a new chapter of their lives, bidding farewell to veterinary clinics and embracing the challenges and joys of farming at Tapahia. Spread across 740 hectares of rolling to medium steep East Coast Hill Country, Tapahia became not just their home but also their canvas for agricultural innovation and sustainability.

Their farming ethos revolves around the principles of holistic land management and ethical animal husbandry. At Tapahia, they focus on breeding Romney Sheep and Angus Cattle, meticulously selecting and nurturing their livestock to ensure both quality and sustainability. Their dedication to responsible farming practices extends beyond mere production; it encompasses a deep respect for the land and a commitment to conservation.

Central to their farming philosophy is the belief in the inherent value of New Zealand wool – a natural, renewable resource with unparalleled qualities of durability, insulation, and sustainability. Inspired by their love for wool and a desire to showcase its beauty, Kate and Jeremy partnered with Foxtrot Home, a venture co-founded by Kate's sister, Prue.

Foxtrot Home quickly became a platform for Kate and Jeremy to channel their passion for wool into a thriving business endeavour. The lambswool sourced from Tapahia serves as the raw material for Foxtrot Home's exquisite range of blankets and throws, each piece a testament to the natural beauty and craftsmanship synonymous with New Zealand wool.

As demand for their wool products soared, Kate and Jeremy's ambitions grew beyond Tapahia. In 2023, they seized the opportunity to lease Otonga, a family farm in Gisborne, where they continue the legacy of Waimata Angus Stud. Their commitment to sustainability is evident not just in their farming practices but also in their conservation efforts, including the covenanted land at Tapahia, dedicated to preserving native bushland for generations to come.

Beyond the realms of agriculture and business, Kate and Jeremy's journey embodies the transformative power of following one's heart and embracing the beauty of rural life. Their transition from veterinary clinics to wool production is not just a career shift; it's a testament to their unwavering dedication to living authentically and sustainably.

As they continue to nurture their farms, expand their wool enterprise, and advocate for sustainable farming practices, Kate and Jeremy Cullwick stand as beacons of inspiration in New Zealand's agricultural landscape. Theirs is a story of resilience, passion, and the enduring connection between humans, animals, and the land they call home.

 

For additional details about Tapahia Angus, visit their Facebook page: Tapahia Angus Facebook

For further information about Foxtrot Home, visit their website: Foxtrot Home Website


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