Food Sovereignty. What and why?

Prior to my arrival at the Harcourt Organic Farming Co-op, I spent some time working at Jonai Farms and Meatsmiths. Not only did I make some excellent new friends in Tammi, Stuart and their community, but I also became involved with the Australian Food Sovereignty...

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Benefits of CSA – Survey Summary Part 3

The good bits To end this summary on a high, let's talk about some of things you enjoyed most! These are the benefits of CSA in action. The flavour, condition and freshness of the fruit was a big hit, as was the seasonality. Families enjoyed the way the changing...

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CSA Survey Summary Part 2

Name your price The 'Name Your Price' experiment was intended to capture low income households. The idea being that those in better circumstances had the opportunity to 'subsidise' the cost of those cheaper CSA shares. See my professionally designed graph below....

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CSA survey summary

CSA Survey results are in Thanks to everyone for your feedback. I've worked may way through all the data and comments and have gleaned some good ideas for how we can build more mutual benefits into our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) family. There were 45...

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Season’s End

I can’t believe it’s nearly June. Not only have I made it through my first harvest season at the reigns of 4000 fruit trees, but it’s almost been a year since I signed the lease. Where does the time go? The fruit season began in mid-November and was a crazy blur of...

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Water security

A dry summer and wet winter is the natural cycle for our climactic zone. The first decent rain of Autumn is referred to as the 'Autumn break', as it's the indication of a shift in weather and a break in the long dry spell of Summer. What a Summer it was! Seemingly...

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Apple season and the risks of farming

Unfortunately I had a fairly poor apple and pear season this year. The earlier varieties suffered in the heat, and the later varieties were kangaroo food. Here's a link to a short news video. Being such a diverse orchard is both a blessing and a curse. With...

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‘Green’ Country Wine

Country wine is a diverse art that is subject to interpretation and experimentation. The below 'recipe' is an approximation and can be altered in many ways. I encourage you to read a few more articles on the process and then dive in and give it a go! Ingredients 3kg...

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Firsts, Seconds, Thirds and Fourths

At Tellurian Fruit Gardens, we grade everything we harvest by hand. Every single piece of fruit is inspected by myself (Ant) or one of my helpful volunteers (Katie and her father Merv have been a huge help). On inspection we must decide which of four, sometimes five,...

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Feather reign

The day began as many had this season. Hot. The stillness pressed in with a suffocating mugginess that made for restless nights. I awoke, contemplating the tasks ahead. Pick fruit, sort fruit, organise volunteers and employees, water the geese, send invoices… I added...

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Picking for colour

Last week was a momentous one. It felt like any other week really, but it marked the first time harvesting my very own produce and then selling that directly to the community. While I meticulously picked over each cherry tree, I felt that familiar inner tension that...

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Food Sovereignty Convergence

This week I once again found myself off the farm collectivising with my fellow farmers and allies. Twelve months ago I joined the committee of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, an organisation that represents agroecological farmers and allies (such as,...

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