Help secure the future of free-range farming in Victoria

Victorian Government Welcomes Feedlots and Rejects Free Range Pigs & Poultry

The Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA) is deeply disappointed at substance of the proposed new planning provisions from the Victorian Government’s work on Planning for Sustainable Animal Industries. Despite our efforts to assist Agriculture Victoria and the relevant ministers in understanding the practical realities of small-scale livestock farmers, the draft graduated controls don’t appear to reduce red tape for small-scale commercial farmers, nor homesteaders or hobbyists, and yet they make it easier than ever before to set up … CONTINUE READING

Crisp Roast Duck with a Confit of Red wine and Cherries

Just tried this and it was so beautiful, just fell apart J

Ingredients

1kg Pekin duck (or larger)

Sea salt and freshly milled black pepper.

2 cups cherries (fresh, pitted)

1 cup red wine

1/2 cup sugar

Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees C

Method

Use a paper towel to dry the duck, and get it to room temperature before you cook it.

Prepare the duck by wiping it as dry as possible with kitchen paper.Place the duck on a roasting rack in the tin or make a rack yourself by crumpling the kitchen foil and placing it in the bottom … CONTINUE READING

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.

From just a few weeks they are protected within electro-netting (and also by our Maremma … 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

Breeding baby chickens

1 day old baby Light Sussex chickens. We started with 3 dozen in the incubator. 1 dozen got discarded due to being infertile eggs or not forming a proper embryo. So far we have 8 hatched and healthy, and a few more eggs we’ll give to the end of the day…

In the incubator.

Newly hatched

New home after 24 hours

Huddling together…