Church Farm General Store was co-founded back in 2013 by Andrew Morris and Amanda Callan (that’s us, hello!). We live in an old timber church in Billinudgel with our four boys Banjo, Percy, Reggie & Herb.
When we first bought the church, there wasn’t any trees or plants on the property, so we planted loads of native trees, built a bunch of garden beds and started to grow food for our family. It wasn’t long until we had excess chillies, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and flowers that we wanted to make good use of. With the excess produce, Andrew would roast vegetables over coals with lemon myrtle leaves (this is how some of our sauces were born) and Amanda would infuse the medicinal herbs into oil to make soap with (this is how our soaps were born). We thought it would be fun to build a little roadside stall to sell some of our produce and products to people driving by. People kept asking for more, so the roadside stall blossomed into the idea of an online general store.
Fast track a few years and we now have a stall at the local farmers markets, make everything in our soap factory and commercial kitchen (instead of the little shed out the front of our house), and are stocked in a bunch of great stores around the country. While this little family business has grown, our products are made the same lovingly, small-batch way. We don’t compromise on ingredients and we don’t outsource any of our production, we have a team of good humans putting good vibes into everything we make instead.
We are super passionate about growing food, making products from scratch and by hand (without any fake stuff) and most importantly supporting our local farmers.