Terry Memory and his wife Gemma live on a sustainable organic farm in the hills of the Huon Valley of Southern Tasmania, Australia. They moved to the Huon Valley from the Yarra Vallery after the Black Saturday bushfires over a decade ago. Together with their six children, they began a journey in creating their dream of a genuinely self-sufficient, organic lifestyle. As part of that journey, they have built a wealth of knowledge of what works and what doesn't and what is truly achievable given limited finances, time and the physical effort required. The end result has seen them create what they call a Smart Garden using the Technograrian method. The Technograrian method incorporates traditional agrarian techniques with the latest science and technology to create an array of abundant, nutrient-dense organic food for themselves and their family.
Terry and Gemma adventurous and entrepreneurial spirits resulted in the creation of the 13 Seeds Hemp farm company. They saw the potential to grow Hemp on their farm and planted their first crop in 2015. As founders of 13 Seeds, they also created Australia's largest range of award-winning Hemp food products and organic skincare, including several Australian firsts. They were pioneers in the Australian hemp industry and created Tasmania's first hemp food manufacturing facility near their farm. 13 Seeds is now listed, via a parent company, on the Australian stock exchange and has thousands of happy customers across Australia and New Zealand. Although no longer involved with the companies day-to-day operation, they gained invaluable insight into the realities of large scale agriculture and commercial food manufacturing.
Their shared passion is built around their desire to provide the best health-giving nutritious food they can for their family. It has been a passion that has seen them research, trial and evaluate the very best ways we can all be more self-sufficient, sustainably-minded and food secure. Their central motto is "our food – our responsibility", and they have learnt first hand that ultimately, the closer we are to our food and its source, the healthier and happier we are.
Their dream now is to help, support, and encourage people in their own Smart Gardens' creation. They believe we can all be far healthier and dramatically reduce the impact that the globalised industrial food system has on our health and the environment with our own personal Smart Garden. As parents, they are profoundly aware of the almost impossible issues and challenges their children face now and in the future. For them, the concept of everybody having their own Smart Gardens offers a simple solution and a vision of a better future. One that is both easy and personally beneficial and potentially game-changing on a global scale.