Hello! We are Bronwen and Michael Redgate, the founders of Hive & Gobbler. Having moved from city to country in true "tree-change" style in 2013, we established an alpaca farm, Banjo Ridge Suri Alpacas in 2015 in a beautiful part of the Hunter Valley NSW at Dungog. This is where things started....
The search for a viable way to get our alpaca fibre to market, planted the seed for establishing Hive & Gobbler in 2020. It is difficult for primary producers to connect directly with customers, and equally for small businesses, local artists and artisans to do the same. We wanted to close this gap for other makers and producers, offering our customers traceability to paddock or producer, and confidence that they were supporting small and local businesses.
When you grow or create anything, you have a deep respect for the effort involved in the finished product. We wish everyone had this knowledge! Knowing where things come from, and how they are made is important. We value more and respect things we understand. Everyday we aim to share knowledge at Hive & Gobbler and give everybody confidence to create, make & grow...and better understand the footprint.
Hive & Gobbler is a destination hub for sharing in creativity, slow-living and sustainability ideas. Aside from supporting other local businesses and artisans, we only stock products that are as environmentally-minded as possible, plastic-free...enabling everybody to achieve light-footprint creativity!
Come and visit us in Dungog, a cute regional town, just north of Newcastle, NSW. Our business is situated in one of Dungog's oldest buildings, the old Dungog Inn (built in 1840) and features a lovely backyard with hill views for families to enjoy.
We have free creativity for children to enjoy everyday, regular CreativeKids programs, and a raft of workshops and free demos that run throughout the year for all ages and abilities.
We love this business, have a wonderful team, and enjoy sharing it with you all! We hope to see you soon, or connect with you online.
You can also read about us in a recent Newcastle Herald feature article (CLICK HERE).