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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

01/17/12 - Brookfarm Macadamia Owners at "Home" at the Prescott Hotel, San Francisco

For this Slow Living hour, the crew caught up with long time friends Pamela and Martin Brook, owners of the wonderful range of Brookfarm macadamia products at one of our favorite San Francisco hotels, the Prescott.  Hear their inspirational story and how they are contributing to the environment while, at the same time, allowing consumers around the world a taste of the native Australian macadamia in some of Pam's sumptuous recipes.

Pamela and Martin Brook
Brookfarm Macadamia Products, Australia

“It’s not enough to produce healthy, quality foods – people want to taste the difference.” Pam & Martin Brook.

Welcome to Brookfarm, Australia’s most awarded producer of fine gourmet macadamia products such as our macadamia muesli and walkabout mixes. At Brookfarm we are great believers in  natural ways of growing and producing food – our farm is in its transition to full Organic certification and uses natural pest management methods to control insects and disease in our trees. Caring and nurturing our environment which includes our farm is the cornerstone of our business. All Brookfarm products are GM Free.

In our kitchens we introduce macadamias into great tasting healthy foods that become part of your everyday diet – from delicious Brookfarm macadamia muesli to fine first cold pressed macadamia oils & addictive Walkabout fruit & nut blends.

Our History

Founded in 1999 by Pam and Martin Brook, Brookfarm is today Australia's leading producer of premium quality Macadamia products and works on the 3 P's principal, Passion for Quality,  Passion for a better environment and Passion for great tasting healthy food.
The award winning range includes Macadamia Mueslis for breakfast; Walkabout Mix and delicious Roasted Macadamia Nuts for an anytime snack plus Premium Grade Natural and Infused Macadamia Oils for the chef in all of us.

In November 2000, after 18 months of testing, baking and tasting, Pam & Martin sold their first Macadamia Mueslis at the local Bangalow markets. Pam created the products, and for the first 2 years, they baked and packaged in the local bakery, then Martin would load the muesli into the back of his car and sell to local shops & cafes. The product range grew by popular demand and today all Brookfarm products are made in our own purpose built factory. High quality and attention to detail still lies at the very core of our business.

Brookfarm products are sold throughout Australia and exported overseas, including the USA & Europe. We sell to quality food stores and selected cafes and restaurants, resorts, hotels and on-board domestic and international airlines. In 2007, Brookfarm won both the Telstra & MYOB Australian Business of the Year- the first food manufacturing company to win this prestigious award.


As the realities of climate change become more and more evident, it is vital that companies like Brookfarm play a positive role in helping to preserve our planet. On our own farm we have planted over 30,000 sub-tropical rainforest and Eucalypt trees. At Brookfarm we are committed to planting 1500 rainforest trees a year.  Our transition to full Organic Certification began in January 2010 and is the completion of a 10-year program of moving our farm to safe and natural farming methods . We have eliminated chemicals, pesticides and synthetic fertilisers from our farm. We now critically look at all aspects of our farming operation to reduce our carbon footprint. 

In November 2008, Brookfarm formed a partnership with the Australian based Rainforest Rescue. We have committed funds from the sales of our new Walkabout Mix and Brookfarm Bars to preserve forever land that borders the Daintree National Park. By buying back this freehold land we preserve vitally important wildlife corridors that will protect native animals including the endangered Cassowary.

Recently we have joined with over 200 other New South Wales companies - working with the State Governments Sustainability Advantage program. Every aspect of our business is critically examined and measured for its carbon footprint,  and through the changes, we are  working towards becoming carbon negative.

Health Benefits

Macadamia nuts are cholesterol-free and are the richest source of monounsaturates of any natural commercial food.

Research from Newcastle University and the Wesley Hospital, Brisbane shows that monounsaturated fats can assist in lowering blood cholesterol levels and reducing the incidence of heart disease. It was noted that just 6 - 20 macadamia nuts eaten daily can actively reduce the risk of heart disease. In clinical testing, a balanced diet supplemented with macadamias has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels by up to 7% in 4 weeks.

Macadamias are an excellent source of protein, calcium, potassium, dietary fibre and antioxidants. They are also very low in sodium. All these are essential for good health and well being.

Macadamias contain a large range of minerals. They are rich in iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium and contain significant levels of zinc, copper and selenium. Macadamias are also rich in vitamin E, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin and also contain pantothenic acid (B5) and folate.

Tree nuts are an ancient food and studies of the Mediterranean diet recommend them to be eaten daily. The incidence of heart disease is significantly lower in people who eat nuts regularly (more than five times per week) than in those who eat nuts less than once a week.

Are macadamias fattening? 'Good' fats are essential in a healthy diet. They give food, taste and flavour. Monounsaturates may be metabolised differently from other fats in the intestine so that they do not produce 'fattening' biochemicals. Providing macadamias are substituted and not in addition to other foods, there is evidence that they will either not contribute to weight gain or will reduce weight. USA studies of frequent tree nut eaters show that they usually weigh less than control patients.

Prescott Hotel: An Eco-Friendly Hotel in San Francisco Union Square

Garret Garritsen
General Manager

A past conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony, competitive same sex dancer and beagle lover, Garret brings us a taste of San Francisco history and the Prescott story.

Like other downtown hotels in San Francisco, the Prescott Hotel offers an exceptional central location and comfortable, stylish guestrooms. What sets our boutique hotel in Union Square apart from the rest are the little things that translate into big reasons to come back again and again, such as our hosted evening wine hour in the lobby living room, our club level accommodations and lounge, and especially our hospitality, for which guests regularly commend us. We are genuinely happy to welcome you to our hotel.

Just two blocks from Union Square, come discover why Travel + Leisure named The Prescott Hotel one of the "Best Hotels in the World" for 2009.

Prescott Hotel aims to lead eco-friendly hotels in San Francisco, including the use of sustainable products and eco-friendly practices. While we take care of you at every moment, we simultaneously act to preserve the planet.

We believe that service and sustainability go hand-in-hand at our San Francisco boutique hotel, so we incorporated eco-friendly actions and amenities at every level, some of which include:

Exceptional bath amenities made from natural ingredients by earth-friendly manufacturers.

In-room recycling bins for stylishly convenient guestroom recycling.

Rooms and linens cleaned with eco-certified cleaning supplies.

Towel and linen reuse program helps dramatically reduce water and energy use.
Organic and/or fair-trade coffee and tea.

The Club Lounge

Organic snack and beverage options in our in-room honor bars.

Efficient lighting fixtures reduce energy consumption throughout the hotel.

Effective low flow toilets, showers and faucets reduce water consumption throughout the hotel, and are regularly audited to retain peak performance

Comprehensive recycling program for cups, clothes hangers, batteries and more

Donation of unused and partially used amenities to community programs

Guest and employee dry cleaning service uses eco-friendly methods and products.

At the Prescott Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel, service-oriented hospitality is united with our eco-friendly practices. We are bringing about our focus of caring for both our guests and the planet. Our boutique hotel daily demonstrates that you can provide the ideal hotel experience and at the same time be firmly committed to environmental sustainability.

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