Attention to detail drives success

Eleven years ago successful restaurateurs Jean-Paul Prunetti and Johanna Bails bought a property in Fish Creek to grow, harvest and serve the highest quality produce at their Melbourne restaurant France-Soir.

On Wednesday, 3 May their farm will be open to visit.

According to Jean-Paul, Fish Creek was somewhat of a home coming for Johanna as she had family from Liptrap and they both loved the landscape.

“It felt like we had a little piece of Europe only a couple of hours from Melbourne,” said Jean-Paul.

Healthy Soils, Sustainable Farms Project Coordinator, Tony Gardner, said the property was a fantastic example of how to increase production in a healthy and sustainable way.

“A visit to the Prunetti’s property is a great opportunity to see how you can reap the benefits of targeted investment in farm planning and management,” said Tony.

“Many shelter belts have improved conditions for animals and pasture.

“The Prunetti’s have also used the Soilkee Renovator for many years and reported significant improvement of their soil condition as a result,” continued Tony.

“It will be good to discuss how rotation of stock, rest and recovery of paddocks, and growing high quality fodder, can produce positive results.”

During a farm walk from 1pm, participants will be able to see the beautiful orchard the Prunetti’s have created as well as the French Saler cattle grazing on the property.

“A French style afternoon tea will follow where you can mingle with other farmers and landowners to share knowledge and experience.”

Prunetti’s farm will be open from 1.00pm to 4.00pm on Wednesday, 3 May. For more information or to RSVP please contact Jenny O’Sullivan on 0419 153 377 or email

Healthy Soils Sustainable Farms is supported by the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.