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

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...
10 ways to prevent sunburn on your fruit

10 ways to prevent sunburn on your fruit

In the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing lately, sunburn on fruit is a very real risk. It’s different of course to the type of burn damage trees and fruit suffer in an actual fire (as many parts of Australia are currently experiencing), but if you live...
4 steps to keep your worms happy in a heatwave

4 steps to keep your worms happy in a heatwave

Do you have a worm farm? Hugh explaining how to care for your worm farm at a workshop Worms are wonderful workers and are the best (and cheapest) way to produce quantities of fabulous organic fertiliser for your trees, but like all workers, they’ll give you...
Soooooo close…

Soooooo close…

For the last 18 months or so we’ve building a new ‘hub’ for our farmers here in the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op. This is how the site looked when we began: As soon as we started the co-op on the farm we knew we were going to need more...
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