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Some weeks nothing much changes. You go about, doing your thing, kinda on track. 

Then there are weeks when the tectonic plates shift. Know those ones? When everything moves forward in one swift southerly gust and things that might've seemed unlikely suddenly unfold easily, and things that might've seemed impossible are now possible. 

We've had a totally awesome week, and photographed none of it.

We joined the ride which was three days of amazing Joel Salatin in Kiama, driven along by Milkwood Permaculture. We got to meet him, and ask questions, and be inspired, and think through our priorities, and take home a massive to-do list. We got to hand him our own pastured bacon and eggs for his breakfast. We got to hang out with the fabulous Milkwood crew, who we love, and feed them some delicious food too. So. Much. Fun.

 

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We are twitching with activity. There's a new broiler shelter which rose out of the darkness tonight under lights in the hayshed. There's our most successful batch of broilers yet in their brooder pen, who represent some hard-won lessons. There's piglets in the paddock, and middle sized pigs too, and our very own bacon just back from the butcher. Thank you, pigs. 

There's an Eliot Coleman-inspired market garden plan on the table next to trays and trays of pullet eggs which are all just about to tip over into full-sized, increasing our production. There's crates of handmade biscuits all sealed and bagged ready for Kiama Produce market this weekend. 

 


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There's rain on the windows and a vegie garden humming in the downpour. There's pickled radish and pickled cucumber in the fridge and the fiercely pruned back zucchini is now producing a staggering number of zukes. Who knew?!

The rocket has totally gone to seed but apparently the flowers make a wonderful tea. 

We're figuring out the logistics of hosting Wwoofers, doing home readers with two school kids, talking about borrowing cattle to clip the pasture the chickens are all on, and meeting locally with friends to help nut out a herd share dairy.

It was just over two years ago that we quit jobs and quit Sydney and thought we might try and make a go of it here. If you want to be a farmer, you can. You can find a way. You can make a living out of it. You might forget to look in a mirror for a month at a time and discover mud all up your arm at school pick up, but a little patch of land can come alive because of you. Hello, destiny.

xxx

 

 

23 Comments on “happening stuff

Megan
February 22, 2013 at 3:59 am

Ahhh, I would love to come and WWOOF on your farm!

Ever since I bookmarked your yummy looking yoghurt maple balls (still haven’t made them, umm….) I’ve enjoyed coming back and reading about all your farmy adventures.

It’s especially lovely to read as I see the snow blowing past my window here in Michigan. Mmm, GREEN. Mmm, WARM. My little sister planned a roadtrip for my family a couple years ago, we drove to Viriginia to visit Polyface Farm. We didn’t meet Mr Salatin himself, but we enjoyed looking around. So great you got to meet him and get inspired!

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Joolzmac
February 22, 2013 at 7:25 am

Isn’t it funny, it was A Slice Of Wednesday that got me in (have made Lazy Lady many times). What a journey you have been on. Wishing you continues success and prosperity with BV Farm!

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JenK
February 22, 2013 at 7:46 am

I was also pulled in by the yoghurt maple balls. I did make them and also ate them all myself so have resisted making them again.
Very exciting at your place.
We are currently weighed down with produce from our little vegie garden and sometimes I wonder it took me this long to find such joy in my garden.

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innerpickle
February 22, 2013 at 8:21 am

Yoghurt maple balls!!! WAY overdue for those around here! xx

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Darren (Green Change)
February 22, 2013 at 8:57 am

I enjoyed my one day with Joel so much, I came home so hyped up and full of ideas, I think Megan’s thoroughly sick of hearing “Joel says…”! I don’t think she could have coped if I’d gone to all three days :-).

I’ll try to get to the markets this weekend and pick up some more of your yummy bikkies.

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Sue
February 22, 2013 at 9:20 am

I have goosebumps. You’re awesome.

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Tricia
February 22, 2013 at 1:32 pm

🙂

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Bianca
February 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I had seen a few pictures of BV farm pop up in my instgram feed with captions about Joel Salatin and the Milkwood crew and I felt so excited for you. What an amazing two years. Looking forward to hearing all about the next two years worth of adventures, too. Thanks for always inspiring me and allowing me to love vicariously through you and your wonderful farm adventures.

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Bianca
February 22, 2013 at 2:00 pm

oops… *live* vicariously!

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Deb
February 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Heartwarming. xxx

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kim at allconsuming
February 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Inspirational. Well and truly. (I have bookmarked a plot of land for sale in the area we want to go and just keep looking at it.)

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Penny Hannah
February 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm

What a journey! I too was pulled in by ‘a slice of Wednesday’ and have loved following your progress and seeing the farm develop. You DESERVE every success with your adventure in the farming world – may it continue to follow you.

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Naamah
February 22, 2013 at 8:12 pm

An even littler patch of land in WA is benefiting from your easy to read and inspiring, ‘I could try that’ blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

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catriona
February 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Yay you! I have grown one lettuce successfully in four years – so I feel I share farming love with you.

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Julie
February 23, 2013 at 3:57 am

You and Adam and extended family have worked so hard for this? I’m so very proud of you all! You’ve turned into real farmers, living off the land! Hurray for you!!! Hurray for living your dream!

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Julie
February 23, 2013 at 3:58 am

Correction -first sentence should have a period (.) not a question mark (?). Sorry!

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innerpickle
February 23, 2013 at 7:13 am

I knew what you meant Julie! Thanks xx

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Virginia
February 23, 2013 at 8:03 am

Inspiration. Thank you. I would have loved to have heard Joel Salatin again this year, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be….We are 5 months in to our move to the farm & where you are at seems so far away!!! But we will continue…Thanks for the encouragement….: )

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Julie @ tuicreektales
February 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Inspiration indeed! It would have been easy for us to give up our dream of living off our land but we persevered and it’s lovely people like you that have helped us keep going. We now have pork, lamb, beef and eggs growing in our paddocks and a thriving vege garden and orchard, and plans for much more….. Here’s to more tectonic plate shifting!!

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vanessa
February 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

Fiona you’re a proper goosebump-giving storyteller with lots of feel-good factor. clumsy way of putting it but there you go. I’m very happy for you. x

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cityhippyfarmgirl
February 25, 2013 at 8:26 am

I thought some wonderful things might be happening your way after seeing Milkwood’s Instagram feed last week.
So many great (and inspiring!) things about this post.

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Sarah Anderson
February 25, 2013 at 8:49 pm

You guys rock!!! Two years rockets past & your posts are always inspirational (must admit to a tiny bit of envy now & again 🙂 So honest & lovely to see you & your lovely family keep striving towards your goals – well done!

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Sian Therese
February 25, 2013 at 10:38 pm

It was the yoghurt balls too that got me in (also yet to make them). I love your instagram pictures too! I live in the nearby area and dream of having a farm with a view like yours someday, just a farm really – happy to live the modified dream. Husband and I often talk of our dream farm, I cannot wait!

I love that you got to meet Joel Salatin, I think he’s great. I hope that next time he’s out here I can get to meet him too. For now I shall live through your inspiring farming adventures!

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