This is the first time I have sat down in front of my computer and actually absorbed what I am doing, these past few weeks have just flown by. Even this week has been rather eventful with me saying goodbye to my guineas and breaking the ground for my upcoming workshops and my first farm gate.
The first weekend of July was the Qld Garden Expo where I worked for Kookaburra Organics and had my debut of public speaking. It took two weeks out from the event to get ready; digging out galangal, arrowroot, taro and Jerusalem artichokes along with packing seed stock. I have taken this week out to rest up and spend some energy on my land.
Last year I visited the event as customer and bought a couple of trees. This year working in the expo was an incredible experience, I met some fantastic people and bought a variety of fruit trees to plant on our property. Looking forward to next year.
Oh, my guineas. They have finally all gone to new homes. After my post last month expressing how it was time for them to get the chop a few people made it their mission to save their lives. My mum read my blog post and was horrified that I would be so cruel to end their lives. I tried to reason with her that they would be a tasty meal and that they lived a happy life. My mum came and rescued six of them when she came over for the Garden Expo.
My personal trainer, Annie also spoke to a few people about my guinea fowl saga and found a woman who was desperately wanting some guinea fowl. She had experience with them previously so I felt at ease giving them remaining eleven to her. She had only one guinea fowl left and wanted my lovely girls to keep the ol’ guinea company.
So today, I sit here with the sound of the native birds singing their songs and a light sprinkle of rain on our shed roof. The peace and quiet is worth it. I can’t believe how much easier it is to write a sentence with out having to check on the birds or chase them away from the top half of our paddock. Just to let you all know I still have my six chickens and over the coming months I plan on expanding the chicken flock and get a rooster and some other breeds of birds and one definitely for eating.
Friday just gone I had my first Farm Gate, selling my vegetables to the locals here in Hunchy. Starting with a small-scale operation I hope to learn what my fellow neighbours want to eat. Turns out lettuce is not a winner in winter. Roy and I have eaten it for every meal since then. The folks in my valley are adventurous eaters and I am glad, I can grow some wild things and they will eat it no problems. I have made a list of things to sow these coming months to feed my community. Can’t wait for the next one.
Digging, digging, digging. Our neighbour in the picture above on an excavator turning our soil for our next planting. We have started to expand our garden down the paddock which will be our kitchen/market garden. This weekend we added four raised beds and a new ploughed area which is 12m x 5m. Over the coming week Roy and I will spend some time weeding and hilling the beds for the workshops coming up. Got plenty of things to do and keep my busy again for a few weeks.
Has the past few weeks been flat-out for you too?