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26 July 2012

BFA Roadshow Event

Written by Jacko Coote, Posted in Following Nature

BFA Roadshow Event

BFA Roadshow Event

Last Saturday we hosted the Biological Farmers of Australia roadshow in our barn, on a sparkling winters day.

02 July 2012

Life on the farm

Written by Jessie Price, Posted in Following Nature

Living in the yurt

Watching  the wombats

Living in the yurt is really just living in a glorified tent – rain drums madly on the roof, we hear the roos thumping down to drink at the dam in the night and the magpies warbling their chorus of delight with each sunrise.

19 June 2012

Sydney Uni Bachelor of Environmental Systems

Written by Donna Spillman, Posted in Following Nature

Students visit MCNF

Sydney Uni Bachelor of Environmental Systems students visit MCNF

Recently we had the pleasure of hosting Professor John Crawford (Chair of Sustainable Agriculture at Sydney University) and 12 of his second year students.

23 May 2012

Biological Monitoring of MCNF Pastures

Written by Julianne Kellog, Posted in Following Nature

Biodynamic preparations & trial pasture cropping

David checking grasses

It is really important for Mulloon Creek Natural farms to have the best pasture we can, in order to produce the healthiest, happiest animals we can, and improve the health of our landscape.

So The Mulloon Institute has recently started a biological monitoring program for Mulloon Creek Natural Farms’ pastures. These pastures have been managed biodynamically for years which means they are free of artificial chemicals and have enjoyed applications of Biodynamic preparations. Recently, they have also been helped to rehydrate with the addition of swales, Keyline cultivation and even a trial of pasture cropping, and of course, have been trod on and grazed by cows, sheep, horses and wildlife. Have our organic efforts and animal management resulted in improved pastures: pastures that will improve pasture diversity, nutrient cycling and health?

22 May 2012

Internships

Written by John Yanny, Posted in Following Nature

A path to free labour, free education and fun

Internships

07 May 2012

The joys of an on-farm milk supply

Written by Jessie Price, Posted in Following Nature

Ro starting the day under the warm flank of a gentle-hearted cow

On the farm we all take it in turns to milk our lovely A2 Jersey cow Tiara every second morning. Her sturdy little calf Harry stays on her the rest of the time and does his industrious bit to keep up her supply.

02 May 2012

In a state of nirvana

Written by Melanie Sim, Posted in Following Nature

Bottling home grown tomatoes for the winter

In a state of nirvana - Bottling home grown tomatoes for the winter

What exactly does Nirvana got to do with bottling tomatoes, I hear you ask? Read on, and all will be revealed.

Despite a very cold summer, our first here at the farm, Tobi and I have been very excited to pick many luscious tomatoes. Being on the other side of the hill to Home farm, we lose the sun earlier than other gardens, but our valiant tomatoes soaked up as much of the sun's goodness and flavour as they could.

25 April 2012

Growing meat chickens....ethically

Written by Donna Spillman, Posted in Following Nature

Home hatched meat birds

Our latest batch of home hatched meat birds with attitude – on Danny’s creative bush branch roost!

Getting to the point where we can breed and produce enough chicken in a humane way to feed the 5 families plus interns involved in our communal growing setup has been an interesting adventure with genetic, ethical and emotional (when it comes to the processing) challenges. 

I started my feather rearing vocation through necessity. We really like to eat chicken and really hate the way it is produced commercially. No choice really, we had to grow our own.

15 April 2012

Michael Ableman

Written by Jacko Coote, Posted in Following Nature

Growing food on rooftops, vacant lots, and on our lawns

growing food on rooftops, vacant lots, and on our lawns

Michael Ableman shared his thoughts on food security, and the best way to get the most out of your patch, whether that is a small backyard, school or community garden or a small scale farm at our recent event.

“In the end there is not so much a food crisis as there is a crisis in participation.”

That's the view of Michael Ableman, who shared his expertise with the audience in our barn here at the farm on this glorious sunny Sunday.

04 April 2012

Following McDonalds example

Written by Cam Wilson, Posted in Following Nature

Towards a healthy diet

Following McDonalds example towards a healthy diet

Who would have thought we could follow McDonald's business model to get our kids to eat healthy food?

“Where do you see McDonalds situated?” Rick Coleman asks his PDC class. Wherever they will be in your face, that’s where. You don’t see them in the back streets.

So if you want your kids to eat healthy food, then follow McDonalds example. Plant the plants you want them to eat along their main energy flows. For us it’s a big patch of strawberries right outside their bedroom door.

28 March 2012

Zuni bowling

Written by Cam Wilson, Posted in Following Nature

with our interns

Zuni bowling with our interns

This is just a little headwall cut, but it was about to eat back into our main access track through “Hut Paddock”. So with a bit of inspiration from a visit by Courtney White from the Quivira Coalition last year, info from one of my favourite books “Let the water do the work” by Bill Zeedyk as well as my mates at Milkwood, the interns and I got to building a ‘Zuni bowl’.

22 March 2012

Anyone got some bare earth?

Written by Cam Wilson, Posted in Following Nature

Brush matting is a really simple and cheap method of revegetating bare ground

Brush Matting

Brush matting is a really simple and cheap method of revegetating bare ground. All you need is a few friends with hand saws, a bit of scrub you can chop back and some baling twine to tie up the bundles and you are on your way.

14 March 2012

Paul Crawford's (very public) urban food forest

Written by Cam Wilson, Posted in Following Nature

Canberra Freeway reserve + Gum trees + Wattles + fruit trees?!?

Paul Crawford's (very public) urban food forest

Recently the interns and I joined Dan Harris for a visit to Paul Crawford’s urban Food forest in Canberra. Around 15 years ago, Paul ran out of space in his backyard for planting his edibles. So what did he do? He sprawled, that’s what. About 500 metres each direction out his back door along the road reserve.

14 March 2012

Scrumping for cider

Written by Melanie Sim, Posted in Following Nature

and other apple-licious delights

Scrumping for cider

Mel, Tobi and the interns head out for an afternoon of scrumping.

“Want to go scrumping for apples one afternoon?” I casually asked our interns David and Julianne. 

“Scrumping?”they queried.

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