A massive thank-you and best wishes for the new year to family, friends and customers, who have continued to support us through 2013!
It has been a while since my last post, not due to laziness I promise! The last part of this year has been as hectic as ever and unfortunately, blog entries have suffered. Now with renewed enthusiasm and recharged batteries, 2014 will be blogged to death :-)
Here are some update photos and highlights for the latter part of 2013:
The sunsets in Darwin were amazing! Part of the travelling road show of Sharon McDonough, Rohan Bryan and myself presenting on Sustainability in schools at an ACASA conference.
Yep, the termite mounds were epic!
Nothing better than swimming at a waterfall:-)
The photo says it all!
Back into home brewing:-)
Documenting the film crew documenting us.
My trusty little helper, helping with the electric fencing.
After a week in torrential rain and gale force winds with 28 15 year olds, I went a little crazy…
Finally, we got Little-little one onto the farm to service the girls. He is a little out of condition – to much grass, too little exercise – but hopefully with a strict diet, he can back into shape and do his thing.
Yep, the end of a school year and we all go crazy, especially when building wood ovens.
These aquaponic tomatoes are going great guns in the greenhouse!
Plenty of feed for the livestock this winter! No need to buy in hay this time, thanks to our friendly neighbours.
Introducing Ari Quach, my new nephew! Congratulations Nam-Do, Liana and Sian :-)
Home grown dinner! Highland Heritage lamb, garlic, rosemary, thyme and oregano! 4 hour slow roast. Divine!
With our kitchen being commercialised, we now bake sourdough breads for our customers as well as part of our suspended produce and bread program.
Nothing better than seeing all the family together.
Ava-Li loves her Gramps:-)
Dangling Christmas balls look awesome over amazing food being consumed by an amazing family. After giving cancer a good kick up the bum, it is great to see Nan Nan so healthy and with so much energy:-)
Gramps has much more patience than I! The boys loved working with Gramps to put together their Christmas pressie!
Yep, the tilte is not a typo! Frost damage last weekend… Unreal, middle of summer and we got frost. Tomatoes, zucchinis, beans, corn, cucumber…. all the frost tender plants, got frost bite…
As part of our business and farm ethos, we want to give as much as we can to those in need. We have extended this opportunity to our customers and for every suspended dollar they give, we match it. It works similar to suspended coffee, but with produce and bread instead. Go to http://www.suspendedcoffeemelbourne.com.au/ for more info on suspended coffee.
So now in 2014, I have begun a new role at my work looking at whole school sustainability, in buildings, grounds and curriculum, which will bring with it many new challenges. It will mean a reshuffle of the routines of managing the farm, the business and life in general, but hopefully will allow for a continued focus of sustainable practices across the board.
Thanks again to all who have supported us in our endeavors and journey in life. Bring on 2014!