Master Charcutier / Woolumbi Farm
Kenneth Neff is a master charcutier and the co-owner of Woolumbi Farm, a family-run farm in Tyabb, on the Mornington Peninsula. When he was just a boy, Kenneth’s parents emigrated from Switzerland to Melbourne’s Bayswater – at that time, the suburb had just one general store and was surrounded by market gardens and orchards. The second store to open there was a German butchers, which is where he started to learn about sausage-making and producing charcuterie.
Kenneth created Woolumbi Farm with his partner Sonya from their passion for delicious food and they believe the true paddock-to-plate experience is second to none. They knew others who wanted a place to shop for organic produce and know exactly where their food comes from, and decided to create their own on-farm butcher shop, proudly providing the community with the best organic produce on the Mornington Peninsula. His stock is raised on organic principles where the land and animals are cared for, abiding by the standards of environmental sustainability for ethical farming. He believes in working sustainably to lower his carbon footprint and in providing the best lives for his stock, in order for them to express their animalities and live in natural conditions as they were meant to.
With Sonya, Kenneth often runs courses at Woolumbi Farm during winter on the art of charcuterie to share their passion for locally grown, ethically farmed, handmade products.