Food

Rhubarb and Walnut Cake

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One of the things I love the most about growing some of my own food is the sense of satisfaction and joy that I get in using those things in my cooking.  This morning I decided the rhubarb was ready and, knowing how much my husband LOVES rhubarb, I decided to bake one of my […]

Permaculture

A visit to an organic orchard

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A couple of weeks ago we visited an organic apple orchard.  The event was arranged by our local organic, bio-dynamic group, OBDA. It was wonderful to see an orchard of such a scale embracing organic principles.  They have been certified organic for around 20 years and so have their processes and practices well honed!  The […]

Gardening

A new garden

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One of the challenges I have faced since moving to the farm is that I have had to start from scratch with my veggie garden. Instead of benefiting from the previous year’s soil conditioning, chook manure and green growth dug through the soil making friable black dirt, I have started with a heavy clay soil. […]

Farm

A caravan life

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When we decided that we needed to be on the farm full-time, we did not even have a shed erected on the site.  Council approvals and bad weather had delayed us for over 6 months.  Originally we thought we would have two sheds up by the time we wanted to move here, but obviously this […]

Farm

Happy Birthday Farm!

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This weekend just gone we celebrated owning our farm for one year. We invited our friends down who had helped us in our first year, to help us celebrate. People have been so generous with their time and energy helping us to establish our dream.  Some of the things they have helped us with have […]

Gardening

A New Orchard

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Before we bought our property one of the goals we set ourselves was to have an orchard with 100 trees – a nice round number selected for no other reason than we thought that would be enough to sustain us and provide plenty of fruit and nuts to share, barter, exchange and sell in the […]

Sustainability

Sustainable work life balance

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Sustainable work life balance – it’s really the ultimate dream of many of us … maintaining that balance between things we have to do and things we want to do.  Sustainability isn’t just about consuming the right things produced in a sustainable way.  It isn’t just about buying Fair Trade or slave free products.  Sustainability […]

Farm

Jagged Crow Farm

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It has finally happened.  After three years of searching, looking, walking over blocks, thinking about what’s important, setting criteria and reviewing possible purchases against that criteria, we have finally become the proud owners of our very own farm.  Well, its really a bit of land that will become a farm.  It has a rusty old […]