JustEarth Blog Posts

  • Bye-bye Barnie .... Hellooooooo Chickies
    on Nov 10, 2015
    gotta love the northern rivers community ... sharing the sustainable, earthy dream is easy to do here.  so it was no wonder that i was contacted by a breeder wanting to expand their flock into barnevelders, asking me if i had a rooster to sell.
  • 2 for 1 Deals
    on Oct 13, 2015
    it's great news!  new life on the farm!  woohoo!  our dairy cow dropped her calf... you should've seen the excitement yesterday morning when we saw them wandering on the other side of the lagoon yesterday morning!  kids went runni...
  • Why Toilet Paper Rollsit's the end of july here in Northern NSW ... so still in the dead of winter with cold nights.  but the days can be lovely and warm (like today!) and if you put your greenhouse so that it is against a great heat sink (e.g., the east side of a br...
  • Aspiring to Asparagusloving asparagus is one of those "grown up" things i reckon.  first of all because for many of us it is a taste and flavour that we did not aquire until we grew up.  the other reason is because it takes patience to grow .... truly.  bu...
  • War News
    on Jun 29, 2015
    this is not a long post .... but a reality check time post.when we moved to the Northern Rivers Region we new very quickly that to be financially viable on the farm, we needed to be producing something. but in order to write off our costs for investi...
  • Winter Diaryi was out doing my monday morning walk around the farm and just couldn't help taking photo's and bringing you up-to-date on our continued growth towards not only sustainability, but profitability as well.  because this is the year of building ..
  • Sad Day on the Farm
    on Mar 28, 2015
    said goodbye today to two very special ladies.  our breeders pigs.specifically .... lucy our sow and suzie our gilt.  it was a hard decision.  but it boiled down to two things:  hard financial farming facts and putting family firs...
  • Growing Garlicso when you reclaim a veg patch that has been overrun with zucchini it can take a bit of time.  which is ok ... if not a bit of hard work.  never hurt anyone!  it was slow going doing it bit by bit in some bloody hot weather (and muggy...
  • Germination for the Patch
    on Mar 5, 2015
    got your seeds for winter yet?  have your beds planned?  with the changing of the seasons comes the renewal of our patch .... summer crops are dying off and it's time to plan for winter.  its easy to forget about winter if you aren't c...
  • Winter Patch Restrospectiveokay ... so let me tell you that being determined to start a deep, fertile veg patch from scratch on sandy loam is not necessarily the easiest thing to do.  fighting against the patterns of nature that are, quiet honestly, really strong!  i...
  • Ruth Stout Methodsi was introduced to Ruth Stout when we moved to the Northern Rivers.  our permaculture guru (TerraSancta Permaculture) included it as part of how we should improve and grow our food for a very simple reason:it's easythere are heaps of other reas...
  • What do Lunar Landscapes and Bush Fire Season have in common?
    on Nov 2, 2014 in bush fires pastured pork pigs
    so .... i know i don't post as much as i should.  and, frankly, i'm gonna stop apologizing.  most of you will recognise that if i'm not posting ... well, it means we're busy!but a quick update today because it's early spring and early sprin...
  • No Idle Hands Here ...
    on Jul 21, 2014
    lest you think we have not been busy ...oh we have been.... from fun to frantic, from piggies to planting .... it has been far from an idle winter season, and we have no doubts that it will bring on a very busy spring. so much preparation, so much of...
  • Chookie Businesswhen we first moved out to JustEarth "mark 2" ... one of our big concerns was some of the wild critters that hang around.  oh sure there are snakes and lace monitors abounding .... but we were more concerned about wild dogs. we want to free rang...
  • Meet Rosie ...so where the heck have we been!well .... we moved.  a bit further out of town .... but 100 acres with two dams and a lagoon (aptly already named the Lollipop Waterhole) which is spring fed.  and it has a house. so a home..... we are blessed...
  • Piglet Mania!well .... new life has been added .... our pig, Lucy, gave birth to a fabulous litter of piglets. the journey to this point has been pretty challenging.  facing the world of first time pig birthing was pretty daunting.  as each day passed a...
  • what the??????
    on Nov 7, 2013
    we certainly can't claim to be the first to have taken a new fork in the road.when we left Sydney two+ years ago we were following a dream.  one of creation care activists ... living off the land in a sustainable way that honoured this world tha...
  • Angry Birds...i have angry birds .... very angry birds!or at least that is my assumption.  how do i know you ask?  well ... we have gone from 6-8 eggs a day to 0 ... almost overnight.yeah ... a big fat ZERO.consider this a life lesson in changing the acc...
  • Fertility Updatebeen away on a few holidays and spending family time together ... but back on deck now.we have been hatching chickies! .... current run is 4 hens, 5 dinners (oops!  roosters), four with a broody mamma and 9 in a classroom being carefully watched...
  • Increasing Our Protein Optionsso we have a freezer full of pork ..... yummmmmo.we are getting more eggs than we know what to do with.on the dam our calves contentedly eat grass and grow into what will be great beef for our table one daymost days i am cooking with at least one or...
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