Deb and her husband Rob Bauman, along with their three young girls own and operate Freckle Farm; an innovative farming venture supplying free range, pasture grown eggs, pork and beef to local customers in the Mackay region.
Deb and Rob have a vision for a sustainable local food production system that doesn’t rely on artificial inputs, but aids in the recovery of the environment and the local community.
A fourth generation farmer and former broadcaster with ABC Radio, Deb is passionate about raising awareness of sustainable food production and giving customers the opportunity to connect with real food.
Her interest in sharing these ideas has led to the development of their own agritourism venture. Initially launched as an opportunity for customers to visit the farm, the tours are now held on a regular basis and provide visitors with a fascinating insight into the everyday workings of a pasture based, chemical free, natural farming system.
Deb is President of the Greater Whitsunday Food Network and has played a leading role in establishing the Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market. She is proud of the fact that this is Mackay’s only authentic farmers’ market, bringing our region’s best producers and their finest food to Mackay City Centre every Wednesday.