Proactive active optimism

The concept of hope is too passive for farmers. We can hope that the weather will be perfect, that our soil has all the right nutrients to grow a healthy crop and that the kangaroos won’t jump on our tomato seedlings, but hope alone is not enough. We have to cultivate...

Wicking beds and vegies

Despite my years of experience in the orchard growing fruit, I don’t have a gardener’s elbow, let alone  a green thumb. I missed out on Mum’s passion for roses, and while I share Dad’s fascination with all things edible, am envious of the ease with which he seems to...

Double or Nothin’!

We learned a(nother) crucial lesson this autumn. If we want to grow more, its not just the number of garden rows that we need to increase, its everything. With our slow and steady approach to developing the farm into a scale which is both manageable and viable, we...

Winter warmth…

As I step into the cold air and the icy wind I shiver and walk towards the patch.  Sas and I have been tag teaming lately with leaving town, and now she’s away.  I miss working with her and notice the difference from the power of two to one!  As I walk around...

Fixing the world’s problems with vegetables

  One of the reasons we do what we do – grow organic fruit and teach other people how to do the same – is because we reckon it’s time that we all re-learn how to grow food. It’s a practical solution to the problem of food security we think...