Year of Family Farming 1/52


(I'm going to play catch up and post three of these in a row, to get to week 3, you know, being a bit late to get started!)

It's so damn cool that is actually International Year of Family Farming that I've decided to do a weekly moment celebrating it, as we're in it up to our ears, three generations on this particular patch of land, another three before us. 

We're aware of how lucky we are, perhaps I'm most grateful of all that everyone works together here so happily (it's not just PR spin or show, we actually all get along). 

This week has been a tough week with a massive electrical storm at it's start. We think a lightening strike freaked out our 8-week-old meat birds (due for processing the next day) and they stormed the electric netting fence. We lost (literally lost, never seen again) some of them, while about half perished in the netting or via foxes who must have been on the scene as quick as a wink. It meant we couldn't honour our delivery to our supplier in Sydney this fortnight, and that all the upfront costs already paid for that batch of birds were lost. 

But like farmers do everywhere, every day, we move on. And we get to do it together. We pick fresh corn. We salvage tomatoes from the market garden and turn them into delicious tomato jam. 

And we thank our lucky stars for small hands participating in fresh food, clean dirt under fingernails and for dinner on the table with zero food miles (and no chemicals). 

That's what we're here for.

(And hopefully she hasn't pulled out all my sage.)




3 Comments on “Year of Family Farming 1/52

January 24, 2014 at 12:00 am

So glad to see your post. Sorry about the brutality that is sometimes life on the farm, but please know that you are an amazing inspiration to humble city dwellers like myself to make small changes to lead a more authentic ‘from scratch’ life. Even if my kids don’t love the homemade bread (my 9 year old mistook sunflower seeds for MOULD in my last loaf! They do however love your Lazy Lady, gingerbread, cornflake cookies and caramel. I’ve even dried out some pumpkin seeds in preparation for a pumpkin vine or two at some stage!

Can’t wait to read your next instalment – here’s to more good than bad days on the land xx

January 25, 2014 at 7:35 am

That’s a bugger! I’ve still been reading but like you busy so have been quiet. Here’s to a better week. Out of interest what stored energy (or joules) is your energiser? You need a lot on the netting fences as they are running so many lines. And if you have nets connected, you need to keep adding (I.e. .25 for one, .50 for two, .75 for three and so on). You’re probably totally on top it but thought I would mention as I know some suppliers don’t mention this. And is it positive/negative fencing? Lots of love, Alison xxx

The Hungry Mum
January 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

so sad about your little creatures 🙁 That is a gorgeous photo.


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