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connecting people to planet through food

OUR LIVING FOOD CAMPUS

We believe that our food choices have the power to change our health, wellbeing and the planet.

This is why we have expanded and evolved the original cheese making factory to become an educationary campus bursting with creativity and diversity. Step into a place where you can delve into the world of how some of our favorite foods are made, traditionally slow processed to unlock nutrition and taste. You will also interactively learn about the importance of plant diversity, circularity, regenerative biodynamic farming,  soil health, and much more!

 

We're here to empower you to take control of your diet. You'll leave our campus inspired to change what and how you eat – because each of us can make a difference!

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Farm Yard

Our business started as dairy. Without our animals we would not have the products that we have, nor would our shamba be as bountiful.

 

This is why, when it comes to the health of our dairy cattle, we take it seriously through a model called the Five Freedoms Model. It's a comprehensive safeguarding plan that promotes holistic animal farming practices. It does so by protecting an animal’s right to five freedoms: freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury and disease, freedom to live by organic modes of existence and freedom from distress. 
 

This approach ensures our cows have access to good food, a comfortable resting place, ample ventilation, shade, and water. It also ensures that any sickness or health issues are promptly addressed. 

 

We consider ourselves as setting the bar high for other companies in the industry, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Shamba

Regenerative biodynamic farming at the Brown's Living Food Campus means an abundance of life, and colour, and activity and observation. There's always so much to pay attention to...to touch, to taste, to smell, to watch, to listen to.
 
Our shamba is 30 years old and follows the principles of biodynamic farming. This means that we always ask first why an insect or dis-ease might be manifesting before going in heavy handed. Even then, we treat the roots rather than the symptoms, nourishing them generously with our fermented compost preparations. Often the insects then disappear...but even if not our plants don't mind sharing some leaves with beautiful insects!

Learn more about these principles in our blog series.

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Patient Processing

As you explore the different areas of the campus, a common thread that you will notice is patient processing. We do this because slow food is good food. Traditional techniques of stone-grinding, aging and fermentation enhance the nutritional value and flavour of food. By tending the products regularly, our team are building a relationship with what they are crafting and that same care is passed onto you as you enjoy.

Did you know we allow our parmesan to age for 3 months before stocking?! Our vinegars also ferment for an entire month, our kombuchas for a week and our sourdough for 3 days...we do not believe in cutting corners, even as we grow. We are comitted to producing good, artisinal food that supports your health.

Workshops

Our classroom at the Brown's Living Food Campus offers you to connect to Kenya through interactive cooking classes, fermentation sessions, food demonstration meal, foraging and more. Our creative workshops are designed to support you to make regenerative and nourishing choices back home. We're constantly collaborating and developing engaging curricula that is inspired from the ancient and the modern within Kenya and across the globe!

Our past workshops have included fermentation, ancient grain baking, sourdough, wine making and pickling. Check out our upcoming workshops and start reconnecting with food!

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Soil Laboratory

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We're busy building a soil laboratory for you to come and get curious about soil. After you've peered under a microscope, you'll never look at soil the same way again!

Soil is essential to life on earth, without it life could not be sustained. It is also money in the bank: the better the soil, the more interest you get. But sadly, much of the world’s agricultural soils have become inert and lifeless from the consistent application of chemicals. It is in healthy soils that crops can grow to their full nutritional potential, passing that same potential on as they are eaten. That is why here at Brown’s, we look after our soil before anything else. In fact we don’t just care for it, we actively heal it through regenerative biodynamic principles.

Seed Bank & Nursery

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So much depends on seeds. They are the soul's biodiversity, beyond just food. If seeds aren't cared for then we risk losing important genetic diversity that supports life on this planet. Open access to seeds is also important in supporting smallholders to adapt to changing market demands and the changing climate - it increases resilience, one seed at a time.

 

This is why we're been carefully collecting ancient seeds from across the country. It is our small quest in quest helping to preserve the diversity and abundance that exists and making seeds more available for you to take home to plant and share more widely. And, if you'd prefer to take home plants, we've got these for sale too!

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