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.
These easy to grow small trees generally provide fruit through the cooler parts of the year, and given their high vitamin C content, and it's use in prevention of colds and flu, the winter bounty they provide is timely. However, by planting a range of different cultivars within each species, you can lengthen your harvest period extensively.
Collecting and germinating your own seed has many many benefits, and is quite easy to arrange. This enables you to breed plants that have desirable qualities, a practice known as selective breeding, and as successive crops will have been acclimatised to your particular site, each following year will provide plants that are suited a little better to your specific conditions.
What we are doing here is following a dream, with the aim to be the most productive, efficient and profitable bio-dynamic farmers in the country, supplying the highest quality produce to our community. And while matters have not progressed as far as we had hoped, we've certainly had some real wins and are moving in the right direction.
What is surprising is how quickly, easily and trouble-free (at least for us) this whole calving process has been. Aside from organising adequate feed, which at this end of the winter season has been a little touch and go at times, the births happened without us.
Eat The View are urging the next President to show leadership on global issues such as climate change and food security by converting part of the White House's 18 acre grounds back into an edible landscape. The beauty of this idea is that the benefits are so broad and the implementation would be so easy.
The industrialisation of our food production has narrowed down the variety of breeds, or sources of our food supply, and we believe that's not the way to go. Once these breeds disappear, we can't get them back, at least not quickly, and thousands of years of natural selection and more recent selective breeding will be gone. And whilst being able to have blue eggs in the world may not be the noblest of aims, I was always told that variety is the spice of life.
Both girls have been carrying a calf since they arrived, so when do you think our first calf was born? Yep, that's right, when I wasn't there. But that's no panic, as Dexters are re-known for many positive attributes, one being easy birthing. And further details about Dexters can be found in my earlier post Sustainable Cattle Called Dexter.