Spring miracles

Spring miracles

Here we are again at the beginning of spring, and the ever-repeating miracle is about to unfold before your very eyes! We spend most of our time being serious business people, but it’s hard not to be excited at this time of year, as well as a little nervous...
Creating water security in a changing climate

Creating water security in a changing climate

A year ago we were feeling pretty excited about the new water tank we installed next to our shed as part of the ‘Hub’ infrastructure we built for the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op, funded by an Agriculture Victoria’s Food Source grant. We were lucky...
Our arid paradise

Our arid paradise

Living through the COVID-19 era, we’ve thought ourselves more fortunate than ever to live on the side of a mountain. Exercise is one of the reasons we’re allowed to leave home, and considering our farm borders a regional park, the backyard is pretty big....
Does fruit love rain?

Does fruit love rain?

As a fruit grower, lying in bed listening to rain on the roof can bring up a wide range of emotions, from joy to despair! In our typical dry summers most people welcome rain when it comes, so it never seems appropriate for us to express concern about the damage it can...
Your secret weapon against extreme weather

Your secret weapon against extreme weather

In these days of climate variability, farming is becoming increasingly unpredictable. In the last 20 years we’ve had the worst drought, the worst flood and the wettest spring on record! Summers have become searingly hot, with temperature records being broken all...

Making something from nothing in permaculture

The concept of “no waste” is one of the permaculture principles that makes the most sense to us, because it’s how we’ve always tended to live on the farm. Wasting as little as possible seems obvious to us (and probably to you, too), so...