In 2014, Carly had the opportunity to reunite with her family in the UK and visit her Jamaican roots for the first time. In typically private Jamaican fashion, the full extent of the family’s history of the farm was unknown to Carly whilst setting up The Ja Joint in Australia. En route to the farm in Jamaica to meet her great-grandma, aged 98, Carly was blown away to learn about the true creation and then stagnation of the farm since the death of her great-grandfather. The farm’s appearance, it’s fauna, completely mirrored the south-east Queensland hinterland, her adopted home. The original house foundations built by slaves was still visible. The highly emotional visit was consummated by meeting one of the pioneers of the farm, her great-grandmother. Carly returned ‘home’ with a newfound sense of direction and commitment to continue the family’s heritage, but here in Australia. To open up the hearts of Australians through incredible food, music and cultural experiences…The Ja Joint style!