In the 1990s, Bob Tovey turned an inspirational idea to produce and sell culinary herbs into reality. He bought land at Ripponvale and studied horticulture at Otago Polytechnic—Cromwell Campus.
Producing and selling herbs meant he could blend his love of working the land with a flexible, family-friendly lifestyle, and enjoy Central Otago’s magnificent landscapes and wide blue skies every day.
“I had a very straightforward vision for starting this business. I had a little baby at the time, and I wanted to spend time with my kids growing up. And I love growing things, working with nature, plants and the soil."
"If I’m working for myself, I’m in charge of my own destiny. I’m a very true believer in gut feelings. A lot of the time if I’ve got a belief in what I want to do, then I do it. Generally, it works out.”