Meet your Local Food Producers – Twilight Evening

Very excited to be a part of the ‘Meet your Local Food Producers’ twilight evening in Bungendore (at the Food Lovers Market) next Friday 29th with our free range chickens and ducks – heading to Bega midnight Sunday for processing. This is part of our ‘Local Food Initiative’ project to grow resilient local food economies – so if you have excess produce, are great at preserving or preparing food products let me know penny@caroolafarm.com.au! MEET YOUR LOCAL FARMERS final

Poultry meat now for sale – yay!

IMG_6105Our poultry are free range, we are breeding chickens and ducks from eggs and aim to breed our own meat birds from scratch in the long term.

In the shorter term, we are raising them from day-olds, putting them in a brooder pen, a grower pen (where they have access to grass) and then a moveable ranging pen.

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Spring activities on the Farm

Guilds for the forest gardenWe’ve got a lot done already on the farm, and some good drops of rain to go with it.

Ongoing activities include:

Breeding – sheep, cattle, chickens and ducks

Tree planting – forest gardens, windbreaks, forage woodland belts

Fencing – yes, we are still repairing fences from the bushfire

Animal processing – on-farm for our own consumption.Planting mulberries

What’s next?

More tree planting, yeomans plowing and tree mounding, finishing the polytunnel, paddock remineralisation, systems for holistic grazing, irrigation … CONTINUE READING

Winter 2013 – Preparation, Poultry, Paddocks and Planting

Clearing the forest garden area from burned tree remainsWho said winter was a quiet time on the farm. I have to say we’ve never been busier, preparing, planting and more.

Forest Garden Prep

With many of the trees around the house and old tennis court burned by the bushfire, we set about removing them. We had to use large machinery in many instances, but suffice to say the remaining soil was fairly much … CONTINUE READING

Up close and personal

Our Holistic Management grazing planning has seen us through winter, and now with the grass growing, the cattle and sheep are moving much more frequently. A visit to the paddock today saw a few new additions 🙂

baby lambsTwo very cute looking baby sheep, already bouncing around and trotting after the flock.

 

 

 

 

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Setting up for Natural Bee Keeping

Putting frames into boxesAfter completing a Natural Bee Keeping course in 2012 with Tim Malfroy, and later purchasing a Warre Hive, we’ve been waiting for the weather to warm up and the trees, shrubs and plants to start flowering before setting it out and putting it together.

Step one was coating the hive in wax to protect it from the weather, this just required some heated wax and a few cloths.

 

 

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Windbreak tree planting

As part of our overall farm ‘masterplan’ we have a number of tree plantings planned, including the addition of various windbreaks.

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Cold winter winds come from both the North-West and the South-East. With the South-East sector closest to the house, we decided to start there.

Having ordered a number of Casaurina’s (River She-Oak), along with Acacia’s and collected Oak seeds from the streets of Canberra, we set about preparing the ground.

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Without the luxury of finer equipment, the bulldozer came out to make two … CONTINUE READING

Raising chickens

Wanting to have dual purpose meat and egg birds, we ordered a batch of fertilised Light Sussex eggs, all the way from WA (closest we could find them).

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Into the incubator for 21 days, with the last 3 days ‘off rotation’ so they did not turn, increased the humidity and decreased the temperature.

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They hatched over a 24 hour period and we left them in there to dry (they get food from the yolk for the first 24 hours).

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Yeoman’s Keyline plowing a success

Having done some Yeoman’s keyline plowing in January and throughout a little of Autumn, the results are now pretty clear…

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Not only is there increased green leaf compared to the rest of the paddock which is quite yellow, but there is also a change in pasture composition, to microleana and/or phalaris (the original pasture before fire).

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These pastures have had nothing else done to them, and, although have recent rain, it is below the yearly average…

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