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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CSA Media Release

Community Supported Agriculture: Harcourt hosts first organic fruit ‘CSA’. Tellurian Fruit Gardens, an organic fruit orchard in Harcourt, Central Victoria, has opened sales for its Community Supported Agriculture program. Commonly called ‘CSA’, the emerging model of...

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Wild Goose Chase

Ok they weren’t wild but I definitely spent half a day in hot pursuit of four elegant white geese - and by elegant I mean comical. What with their menacing hiss and awkward waddle. They make me chuckle every time I go say hello to them. In the spirit of agroecology I...

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Name Your Price survey results

The results are in! Thanks to all who participated in our 'Name Your Price' survey. I was impressed by the number of respondents that were eager to know that by buying our fruit they are supporting local farmers and having a positive impact on the land. Each of the...

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Active optimism and the collective

I’ve often felt frustrated by the powers that be. Disillusioned. Discontented. Disenfranchised. I’ve been left incredulous at the seemingly blatant coalescence of public authority and private interest that results in ineffective and short-sighted policy. I’ve felt a...

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Winter daze

It’s my first full winter in this region and we are well into it now. Winter is often described as a time of rest, recuperation, hibernation. A time to turn inwards, gather one’s thoughts and restore energy, ready to burst headlong into spring.  Ain’t nobody got time...

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What’s in a name?

Every day I spend pruning I am surrounded by a diminishing array of sunset coloured foliage. The solar energy embodied in each tree is drawing in, preparing for the dormancy of winter. An autumnal orchard sunset that mirrors the dusk tinted sky. The seasons are...

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In the eye of the beholder

“Hey farmer, farmer put away your DDT, I don’t care about spots on my apples leave me the birds and the bees, please” The lyrics of that corny 00’s Counting Crows song were on repeat in my head today as I sorted another bin of Pink Lady apples. Sorting fruit is a...

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A philosophical flower

A few months after our dramatic brush with disaster some of our lovely trees are releasing one last breath of life. These gorgeous flowers are a sign that the tree is dying and that it is focusing the remains of it’s energy into a final attempt at reproduction. The...

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Home sweet home

Say hello to Franklin and Maka! Until a few weeks ago I’ve been living in Hugh and Katie’s beautiful bluestone homestead. But now I’ve made the temporary move into ‘Franklin’ – the loaner caravan I’ve borrowed off Tess. I...

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