Jacqui Cottrell and her husband Dan farm in Moawhango, near Taihape in the Central North Island of New Zealand. Dan is a forth generation farmer, farming 650ha of sheep, beef and now quinoa on his families farm. Jacqui is first and foremost Mum to her two gorgeous boys, Charlie and William, as well as director of Kiwi Quinoa, part time farmer, passionate vege gardener and homecook, and student of nutrition at Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Jacqui grew up in Albury, NSW and studied Agricultural Science at Melbourne University. She pursued her love for soil, plant and animal nutrition, and the strong interconnect between all three, with jobs as a Fertiliser Consultant at Abron Ltd in Waharoa NZ and Rivalea stock feeds in Corowa, NSW. She spent two years overseas with some working travel, centred around living and working on an organic cropping farm in Saskatchewan, Canada. in 2009 Jacqui met her husband Dan in Matamata and made the move back to the Cottrell family farm in 2015.
Jacqui helps husband Dan out on the farm at busy times of the farming calendar with tasks such as ground preparation for quinoa, docking, and stock work. She also commits 5-10 hours per week to studying her passion 'integrative nutrition', as well as working on the couples exciting business Kiwi Quinoa. Jacqui loves applying her newly found nutritional knowledge to the quinoa business. She gets great satisfaction in producing a quality 'superfood' without the use of chemicals for people who love and appreciate locally and consciously farmed produce.
"You can't beat a blue sky day on the farm. Striking hill country scenery, clean wholesome living, though I do miss Australia and my family and friends tremendously. I love the opportunity to be able to diversify into growing quinoa in a climate that it thrives and to use my agronomy knowledge and love for the connect between soil, plant and human nutrition in our own farming context."
Jacqui, it is super cool to hear how traditional farming set ups are diversifying and finding additional ways to add value to their farming practice.