From time to time we get to 'share' the efforts of our labour with alot of them - birds eating seed and fruit, wallabies and hares eating grasses and vegetables, and these guys, flying foxes, eating fruit from the plum and peach trees.
Each week a box of up to seven vegetables will be personally delivered to you, containing produce that will have been harvested, field washed and packed the day before, ensuring that the nutrients and goodness are at their peak. And you'll be surprised how long the goods will retain their freshness. Based on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model that has proved so popular in Europe, America and Japan, when you join our CSA, you'll be purchasing a share in the harvest that comes from our market garden here in the Hastings Valley on the New South Wales Mid North Coast.
ABC refused to air the Al Gore 'Repower America' advert (so much for freedom of speech!) and we've chosen to commence taking our produce to families and homes in Sydney! And I spent a week or so 'under canvas' in the World Heritage listed Werrikimbe National Park, walking through some awesome cool temperate Antarctic Beech rainforests. Very inspiring and humbling stuff.
Do you believe it is your right to choose what you eat and drink? Then read on...
Endemic to Australia, platypus, along with the four species of the related echidna (Zaglossus sp.), are one of the five existing species of monotremes, who are mammals that lay eggs instead of giving birth to live young. Consider the surprise that white explorers found themselves in when they first came upon these bizarre creatures - an egg-laying, venomous, duck-billed, beaver-tailed, otter-footed mammal.
The plants that we are propagating will be used around 'Near River' and provide the shelter belts and boundary plantings that we need for protection for our crops and livestock. In addition, over time, we will regenerate and replant the watercourses that adjoin and run through the property. We have started small, and have chosen a variety of species that are providing encouraging results.
So why would two otherwise intelligent forty-something’s go into partnership with another couple, choose to live with them under the same roof, have the husbands walk away from seemingly good employment with nothing firm to go to, with none of them having any previous farming experience save for a trained urban horticulturalist? This must be some mighty strong dream we’re following.
The technique is relevant to developed countries seeking alternatives to banned synthetic pesticides such as methyl-bromide, as well as poor farmers in developing countries who often have few alternatives for controlling serious diseases in their crops
This event has been running for over 10 years now, and Planet Ark is the coordinating body. There is a special website with lots of information including a full list with Google Map of sites where activities are taking place. Amazingly it's called National Tree Day.
In his opening piece for this issue, Virgin Blue CEO Brett Godfrey claimed the reason for the issue was - "we are trying to do our bit for the environment, and we hope this special 'green' issue of Voyeur will encourage you to do the same". However, it is clear that not all Text Pacific's journalistic staff were aligned with that initiative.
Landholders the world over, in particular farmers, have a huge responsibility to society as a whole, and in turn society owes those farmers and landholders a debt of gratitude. By default, we are charged with caring for this land; working with it to produce food for all, and at the same time, improving it so that future generations can do the same, all the while minimising our impact on the surrounding environment so that the native flora and fauna can continue to flourish.