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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Chook Heaven

My friend wrote to me asking for help with her chooks. They hadn't laid an egg since December in spite of the best of care and conditions. I thought some of you dear readers would be interested in my reply. It has turned into quite a chapter on chooks, so here goes!
Hi Sall, 
Six months without eggs, that's tragic, whatever could be their excuse? First, to cover all bases I will outline the needs of a chicken. I said chicken for American readers. Better define the
 life stages of a hen first: In Australia, a chicken is very young, . It is fluffy and  hasn't fully feathered up.
Under organic standards for meat birds, your stock should come from day old chicks, week old for layers.This is because antibiotics are fed from day one in commercial operation.  After 6 weeks the chicks have grown their hard feathers and can leave their mother's  nest ( or the artificial equivalent ....the heat lamp).
hen on nest in clucky hen coop made by Bee
We call a newly feathered fowl a teenager here at Merri Bee Organic Farm, but officially it is a "started pullet", then a " grower", then at 6 months , a point of lay pullet, then a "layer"  or  chook . An "old boiler" is one who has past her prime as a layer. Now in commercial egg production, that is at just  18 months. We don't retire our fowls to chorizo or soup till about 4 years and many are  far older, but shame on us. You should really replace your chooks every 2 years for best production. 






Back to describing
 chook heaven.  What is it like, living the dream, if you are a chook?

 Bear in mind, modern fowls descend from jungle fowls in Asia.
mother hen and pullets

Being able to jump down from your secure perch early in the morning to catch and devour the protein rich fauna still moving about in the wet herbage is important. As we all know, the early bird gets the worm.
 As the sun climbs higher, the shade of trees and under-story plants, again rich habitat for insects, is a must. Living on the edge of a food forest would be ideal. As Bill Mollison says, create edges wherever you can. To peck ones fill from fresh green plants is vital, and as always a diversity of plants is best. In winter,  pampered poultry  have access to silver beet /chards , kale, cabbage, chicory,  lettuce, endive, parsley and pasture. Pasture consist of no less than 80 species for prize race horses, as highlighted by Peter Andrews in his book "Back from the Brink". Heavenly fields would contain the perennial grasses  with huge root systems: cocksfoot, phalaris, fescues tall wheat grass, kangaroo grass. Very  nutritious herbs with deep tap roots to bring up minerals from the deep include dandelions, marsh mallow and the all important comfrey, chicory and alfalfa. Scarlet runner  and choko are 2 perennial climbers which also die back in winter but come back for 7 years.
comfrey
Alfalfa or lucerne. Its roots go down 6 feet. 
These plants may die down in winter in cold climates but will power away in spring and  like the perrenial grasses , will stay green with minimal summer rain or irrigation.  The legumes will feed your fowls and your grasses , so look to clovers, trefoils , vetches, and again alfalfa or lucerne. Annual legumes like Broad beans, peas and lupins , nitrogen fixation nodules as well as  store-able protein.  In our hell dry summers, a mix of kale, amaranthus, marsh mallow, millet, sorghum , and sunflower seem to survive in the dust somehow.
 Sorrell and purslane are useful summer "weeds", the purslane being one of the richest sources of omega 3 oils besides flax or linseed which should always be sown in autumn for the fowls and menopausal women. With the first rains, broad cast the  annual cereals ( wheat, rye, barley etc), and mix in peas and lupins for protein and nitrogen fixation. In spring sow annual beans such as borlotti, snake bean , kidney , navy and the climber/ soil improver lab lab. They will do well in summer if they get their roots down in spring before the big dry. Lastly, pumpkin is important for its zinc rich  seed, so when you bung on some roast veges for tea, remember to put the seeds in the kitchen " chook bucket." I also put any compostable waste in there. They love trawling through for treasures such as macadamia nut meats clinging to shells, slaters etc and in the process shredding our paper waste.
Biological Paper shredder at work. If no rain , a light sprinkle with a hose will generate furious shredding  activity. Note the little gates in the corrugated iron which lead out to vege garden beds surrounded by cheap bird net. Its cheap but we are always sewing up the holes made by (we suspect) rats.


Of the tree crops useful to poultry Acacia has got to be essential as it's seed has  protein contents of 18%, is abundant on the ground under trees in high summer , easily collected and stored if you really want to, and the trees are fast growing shade and shelter .   Ever-lovin  Tagasaste , siberian pea tree mulberry and sea berry rank equal to the acacias. I can grow pigeon peas for a few years but frost usually takes them out well before they die of old age at 6 years. You will find many of the plants mentioned above in our seed catalogue http://merribeeorganicfarm.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/merri-bee-organic-seeds_3190.html

Acacia Victoriae  has particularly big seeds. 


 According to Juliette Levy in her Herbal Handbook for Farm and Stable, a mixture of dried stinging nettle, kelp and comfrey is a stimulant for egg production . I reckon even the feather dusters may start laying eggs on this mixture. 
In addition to the natural diet described above, the chook needs a dry area for dust bathing ( you can add ashes, dried leaves of insecticidal plants such as eucalyptus, southernwood and wormwood  to their dust bath for added protection against body lice /mites/. ) and ad- lib access to shell grit ( or powdered lime stone). Yes you can dry their eggshells out and crush them and add to the shell grit. We don't feed fresh egg shells because it may encourage egg eating, and \ if you have dirty eggs or none at all, suspect an out break of this. Any chook you catch in the act  should be despatched immediately, no buts. This vice is easily taught to other chooks and before you know it it will become far cheaper to buy your eggs from someone else! 
Water of course  is the most basic need  and going thirsty will definitely stop egg production if not kill your fowls. Bear in mind that chooks will not enter bright sun to access water  so in summer, water must be in the shade and access to it must remain in the shade throughout the heat of the day . Automatic watering devices are a must really, and cleaning off  the dark green algae that always grows in the water container now and then is only fair to them .
 You won't get any eggs if a fox eats your chooks so again, a statement of the bleedin' obvious: Lock your chooks up at dusk in a dog and fox proof enclosure. Don't listen if someone tries to tell you foxes wont swim across a moat to get your chooks, they do . See my earlier post on this blog http://merribeeorganicfarm.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/raising-chickens.html

Other predators in our area include the wedge tail eagle and the chudditch . It is commonly known by two other names, the western quoll and the western native cat. This species has become endangered due to loss of habitat and increased predator activity. Fires account for much of the habitat loss. The chudditch can be found in the Jarrah Forest located in south Western Australia, the population of the species in that location is estimated at 3,000 animals. This species is regarded as the largest marsupial predator located in Western Australia.
Goannas
will eat eggs and this can be a real problem in January around here. We have transported one daily visitor by car to far off forests but either he /she or another one in its place comes back every day to eat eggs and sometimes to chew the leg off a chicken!  Pogo is a cute little silky bantam that lost a leg in this very manner in her youth.

Look Sal, this one has me stumped. Old chooks should give you one egg a week unless they  are fully geriatric or in their annual moulting period. The moult  is obvious, they go around looking shocking with only half their feathers for up to 8 weeks. This usually occurs in mid winter, but flocks take turns moulting we have found. Each flock should have a rooster for protection and ideally should be no larger than 25 fowls. Then the pecking order is established and no daily squabbles for supremacy occur as happens in larger flocks where there are too many chooks to recognise and know! So, firstly, are they laying at all?  I want you to check the distance between pelvic bones of a few of your lazy  chooks . If you can insert 2 fingers between these bones , the chook will lay soon or is going off the lay. If you can insert 3 fingers , she is a good layer in fine form.  If only 1 finger will fit, she is soup mate.  Other signs of a non layer are:
* you see her going to bed early and getting up late 
* she has a small pale coloured comb
* is fat and lethargic. 
If  your chooks look like non layers, try adding kelp to the feed and  increasing protein in the ration. I believe the chook food you are buying is organic so we are safe from GM rubbish there,  but a protein hit like milk, meat , insects legumes may be needed . I understand your girls are very lucky and have free range . I do hope the land has never had organophosphates or organochlorines applied which hang around forever and would minimize insect numbers and of course contaminate your eggs with pesticide residues. These OC's and OP's lodge in our body fat and in the fat of egg yolks and accumulate as they do not leave the body easily, but I am sure you know that. Everyone running chooks, cows or pigs and eating their products should ensure their land is clean of pesticides by a soil test on day one. Sheep, not so bad but the above mentioned critters eating habits mean they ingest dirt. 
Just as awful to contemplate as a persistant pesticide residue is the only other thing I can think of: human poachers??? Long shot I should think. 
Anyway, get back to me with any more observations and I will keep thinking. 

If you are interested in attending a workshop on keeping back yard chooks for eggs and meat , where we will go into even more detail in a very hands on way,  please email me and register your interest. 



Sunday, June 15, 2014

Chef Sean Carter asked me: Merri Bee , what are you on about?

Bee and Stewart (Merri Bee Organic Farm) recently leapt at the  invitation to join fabulous chef Sean Carter, Muster Bar & Grill, on the From Paddock to Plate stage at the Nannup Flower & Garden Festival 2014, with favorite  radio personality Louise Fitzroy (now engaged in promoting fresh produce with her  Paddock to Plate initiative).


Bee will appear on Friday 15 August, 11:35am – 12:20pm. Sean will be cooking a shoulder of  pastured pork  and some scrumptious herbs and veges straight from Merri Bee Organic Farm  .His idea for the dish sounds amazing: "a fennel & black pepper rubbed rolled pork shoulder with confit fennel, wilted kale and thyme infused roasted shallots" And a pork jus! And we all get a taste at the end!
Stew will be serving up  meals all weekend, maybe not so fancy but it is hard to go wrong with ingredients straight from nature, so look out for the  yellow Organic food van.
 Says Bee "Sean asked us what we are up to . As I often wonder just what I am doing in life I  had to think about our mission. So here it is:
Merri Bee Organic farm  honours the living systems of planet Earth. We want to rebuild the soil and  provide  families with real, natural, healthy food, We want to teach people how to do this in their yards and grow a lot more of their own food. We can't afford to suffer  the green-washed, health-washed,  toxic, low taste- and- nutrient ”food” in piles of gaily coloured  packaging from a health or environmental  aspect and lets face facts, all processed food contains GMOs and it only comes to us via the dwindling supply of fossil fuel.
 It is agribusiness which has largely  brought about the  mass extinction event currently taking place on Earth.   This is the 6th in our planet's 4.5 billion year history, and this time it is not caused by volcanic activity  or meteor impact , but by humans eating.
 Frankly, many farmers are brainwashed by chemical companies to believe synthetic fertilizer and chemical inputs are essential.  Tons of toxins are entering the landscape  causing  of not only massive biodiversity loss, but also CC (climate change) as eve soil microbes are killed. Farmers are both the unwitting perpetrators  and the first  victims of  CC. Farmer suicides in Australia numbered one every 4 days in 2009. In the past 5 years 4,000 of Western Australia’s 10,000 farmers have walked off their land . In addition, the “food” from conventional systems  is the cause of  unprecedented malaise and apathy in the human population.
 How amazing then that farmers are the ones who can single handedly save our Earth!  Farmers control vast areas of land and as such control our climate. By fostering instead of killing soil microbes, farmers alone can sequester  our carbon emissions  back to the Earth. By teaming with microbes , climate change can be reversed. http://rodaleinstitute.org/our-work/farming-systems-trial/

the pigs are in here,  really

A curly tail means a happy pig. 
 For further info on the power of soil to soak up atmospheric carbon and methane see
http://merribeeorganicfarm.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/why-i-am-not-vegan.html
and

http://merribeeorganicfarm.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/nourishing-soil.html


We believe Permaculture can heal the ecosystems which drive climate  and our health .  Our dream is to help increase this  eco-literacy in the community.
We  teach the skills and techniques of permaculture and supply seeds to grow  food forests which will re-cloth the earth with green plants ASAP .

 That organics becomes mainstream is a matter of survival now. But real food doesn't come cheap, and we have become accustomed to spending  less on food and more on doctors and hospitals than ever before.


Grown in super rich compost, Merri Bee Organic plants ( and the animals who eat those plants)  contain every known and unknown nutrient, and come complete with an array of  beneficial microbes so essential but missing from modern agricultural soils and produce.  The same sets of beneficial  organisms  populate the soil and our intestines when we eat these plants.  They out-compete pathogens and protect us from disease. Just as a healthy plant does not put out the stress signals  which attract pest and disease, (making   pesticides  obselete),so pharmacueticals become obselete for organic gardeners and consumers.

 The products of a permaculture grow exponentially as the system matures. Although in its infancy at 30 years old, we have some exciting new food and drink discoveries from our permaculture to share with Sean, Louise and you all  on Friday August 15. Yours in  glowing health , happiness and hopes for a brighter future "

 Bee and Stew.

carob syrup ....discovery of the week

Do you ever fret that sugar is so energy intensive that we should not eat it, even if it was healthy? And we are  learning how very unhealthy is the high fructose corn syrup sweetener. This fructose is found in -well ,just about every processed food , especially fizzy drinks . The fructose corn stuff is GM,(  as is the soy that is also in every processed food) . High fructose corn syrup  is not recognized by the body as a food, but as  a toxin. Dr Robert Lustig , pediatric endocrinologist,  tells us this and many things in his speech "The bitter Truth about Sugar" which has had nearly 5 million views!! His latest offering "Fat Chance  Fructose 2.0"  is also very interesting
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceFyF9px20Y


So I am pleased to report that we just made carob syrup for the first time, and  it is surprisingly nice!   The carob bean is something like 78 % sugar .Traditional recipes call for 5 kgs of carob beans and 4 kgs of sugar, but I am quite happy with the carob on its own. The tree is dioecious ( and here spell check can’t help me)  It means there are male and female trees. It takes about 20  years to find out who is who and the females to start bearing .The bad news  is, only one in 10 is a female. On the bright side they are all handsome evergreen trees and  wow, do the females  ever crank out the carob pods!  If you are a clever clogs you can successfully graft  most of your trees with female scions. Might give it a go one day with no expectation of success.
These trees can handle any  amount of heat and drought once established. Carob pods are very sweet and mineral rich and a great stock food, but for me they are a tad fibrous. I call them a fibrous mars bar.  But lo! Carob syrup  can be rendered out of the pods . It fits in wonderfully with Mediteranean permaculture, because the pods ripen in May and can be collected and stored easily. Come June you will probably have a wood stove going , burning the latest tree that fell down on a fence to heat the home and boost your solar hot water. You just break  up the carob pods in your hands while talking on the phone ( its not messy), then soak this in a pot  for a day, then boil for an hour or 2, strain out the juice and put it back on the stove. Reserve the dregs for the pigs  to cheer them up on a cold, miserable day. With the fire going   the juice  evaporates down  overnight to a yummy syrup.It doesnt seem to need stirring. 
If you put cream with it and some roasted nuts,  it is heavenly. I think a new  winter tradition has just begun at our place.  All ingredients could come from any half decent WA permaculture , so  being a locavore doesn’t have to mean being skinny . At our place chestnuts, macadamias, walnuts and pecans fall from the trees in late May. The fuerte avocado is on in June/July and could be mashed and mixed in to extend what I can only describe as  a super healthy version of “nutella”. 

If you are sad to be missing out on processed food because you don’t want to support GM corn and soy plantations, I salute you.  Smile now because  you can grow carobs , you can milk a jersey cow! We are going to be all right!
One of the 4 jersey heifers born this year on the farm.

 Local, organic,  superfood carob syrup is easily done and  no doubt can be bottled.  Now is the perfect  time to plant a heap of carob seeds and start a carob forest.  We can post you seeds for $3.50 a packet . http://merribeeorganicfarm.blogspot.com.au/search?q=seed+catalogue

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Nourishing Soil............. Compost and compost tea workshop September 27th -28th

Our planet Earth is perhaps named after the substance that all terrestrial life depends on, but that substance is being lost into the ocean at a rate of 75 billion tons per annum.
However a good soil doesn’t readily blow away or erode. It produces healthy plants which confer radiant health to the animals that eat them. It is dark and crumbly with a structure which means air and water are available to plant roots. 
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When you learn that it is the activity of millions of tiny microscopic creatures (the members of the soil food web) that create healthy soil, and that they are killed by pesticides, clearing, ploughing, and synthetic fertilizers, it is easy to understand why they are extinct over vast areas of farmland and carbon  has largely left the soil and entered the air. Deterioration in our climate and human health is the understated result.

Bee Winfield is a farmer, one of that small band of aging folk whom the other 99% of the population expects to feed them, and cheaply! In light of C.C. that’s a difficult task, but she believes farmers and gardeners can simultaneously and single- handedly save the world by teaming with microbes to improve the fertility of the soil under their stewardship. Says Bee “I am an organic farmer, and as such I represent 1% of the  1%. Thank heavens microbes work for free!”
Please reserve the last weekend in September in your diary, as in conjunction with the lovely Lucinda Giblett and amazing Simon Dooley, Merri Bee Organic Farm will run a you beaut workshop:
"Nourishing Soils"
This will be the distillation of all we've learned from Dr Elaine Ingham and Dr Mary Cole over months of time and  many dollars. It will also include our own discoveries "down the microscope" and the wonderful information shared by the truly  great gardener , the  holder of several Guiness Book of Records  prizes for the biggest  produce, and  all round great guy Haydn Cunningham. Haydn has had literally enormous success making and using compost and is now going for the highest Brix readings . Brix readings are an indicator of mineral density and sweetness in fruit and vegetables.
 To reflect that Haydn has achieved these results in a coastal suburb of Perth, city with the poorest soil and harshest climate I would think globally, should give hope to folks struggling to grow anything but noxious weeds.
This course will cost $ 175 per  day, will be fully catered ( organic of course) and will take place at Lucinda and Simon's  Stellar Violets  HQ in  Manjimup. Lucinda will tell us about their  electric ute. You will be excited to hear it travels 150 kms on a $2.00 recharge from a solar panel! They have inspired us to invest likewise  as really, how long would it take to recoup the $35K  purchase price ? Not long. But back to soil
.Rest assured , improving soil and feeding ourselves without chemicals  is the best thing we can do for our planet and for the health and happiness of our family and friends. It must be Priority UNO!!! And when you realise that if farmers began to care for soil microbes, climate change would  quickly reverse , well its time to start a revolution. After the oceans, the soil is the earth’s
largest carbon sink – but plants are the
facilitators. Through photosynthesis plants
convert CO2 to sugars to power growth,
releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. The
activities of symbiotic bacteria and fungi,
associated with roots and fed by the sugars,
enable the exuded carbon to be combined
with soil minerals and made into stable
humus, which locks the carbon away.

With not too much science and lots of hand on practical demo's,
September 27    Day one will focus on water harvesting and quality compost making , with the operative word being QUALITY. Sign up for  September 28th , Day 2   as well, and learn all about compost tea.....taking our small amount of quality compost and spreading its goodness over broad acres . The price  of Day 2 also includes a DVD  jam packed with information, recipes and photos  of  everything covered , everything you need to do to improve your soil and  reap an ongoing  rich harvest. You will also leave with a  bottle of  aerated compost tea. If you are like me, you've heard so often  that "what sounds too good to be true probably is"( not true) but SURPRISE !!,This quality compost  really , truly ...works!
 We would like to be teaching a class full of farmers so please spread the word as far  East as you can! 
 Please reserve your spot now by paying in full for DAY 1. If after first day you want more of the good oil,  I mean soil, (and we would be surprised if you didn't)  we will happily accept your payment for DAY 2.

Those with existing  faith that Bee  will deliver in spades can sign up and pay for the whole weekend  package for a total of $300 ( a saving of $50). Those who bring a friend or partner can claim an identical saving of $50 between you. These offers expire August 10th so do it now! Find our sign up and payment page here:      http://merribeeorganicfarm.blogspot.com.au/search?q=student+sign+up

Side by side trial.....The corn in front of Stew did not receive compost tea. The corn behind him did. See you tube video

Please email  for further enquires and to register your enrollment  in this course:  beewinfield@westnet.com.au 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Time to get the winter garden up and growing.

We just finished the Nannup Music Fest where we had a full on curry and smoothie stall, and what a great time it was.Caught up with lots of friends, flapped our gums for Steve Marsh, made some new friends and caught some wonderful talent on stage, was so nice to swing in the hammock and just listen during my siesta. Do  hope that was the last of the really hot weather though! However with our first cloudy day for what seems like forever I am reminded that soon the days will be short and cold.
Autumn is the busiest time on the farm, next to spring.
Now is a good time to get stuck into the garden, clear and compost the dieseased old tomato and zucchini plants and sow a lot of seeds. Some can be sown  in trays like the brassica family ( broccoli, cauli , cabbage , kale, bokchoy) lettuce, beetroot, parsley, celery. Direct sowing of carrots, parsnips, radish, corriander, peas  and fennel and silver beet would be good also. Up and till now many seeds would not have germinated due to high temperatures.
Sown now, seedings will get a bit of size before the very short days  of winter, whereupon nothing grows and plants may even get smaller due to slugs, slaters and snails.The brassica seedlings might get hit by cabbage butterfly ( its their green caterpillar babies that do the damage) so they may need to be protected by shade cloth or bird net or something. In the hopes of rain soon I will start winter gardens with the water we have left in tanks . I will spend the water on starting plants off because by the time the rain comes it is often too cold for anything to grow. Such is climate change. So sad . It use to be that early rains would bring up heaps of self sown lettuce and brassica veg which we could transplant later as the real rain set in. Now its a matter of pumping water, thankfully by solar power on the farm. And it takes a lot of water to rehydrate extremely dry ad hydrophobic soil. Employ furrows on contour and short bursts of irrigation to fill these with water, wait for it to soak in before re-filling. This may have to go on for days if the soil is low in carbon. The more compost the better to raise the mineral level. Mature compost , or humus, soaks up and holds  vast amounts of water .
 We will be trying to find time to  "dry seed" ( plant in dry soil ) oats, barley, wheat, lupins broad beans and flax in the coming weeks, because when the rain finally comes there is too much to plant all at once. 
Its a good time to make compost. About now  I like to clean the deep litter out of the chook houses  and get a BIG deep layer of new saw dust ,bamboo leaves, wood  chips and shavings into their houses and pens  which will last till next autumn.

Autumn is the time to load up the wood shed with dry wood and sticks for winter fires. Also we must collect and package and label the many seeds currently out there in the garden.
There are many fruits to pick and preserve about now: golden queen peaches, sugar plums, figs, apples , pears, perssimons, grapes,  limes and quinces.


Its last days for sun drying figs, grapes and prunes. Really why would we ever  need to buy sugar?  Have you tried a fig smoothie? Delicious , and a chocolate fig smoothie is extra nice. 

We put sheets of glass over these to keep dew off.
May you have a lovely Autumn with friends and family XXX Bee

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Formidable Vegetable Sounds

Hi All,
Howz about you come on down to Nannup this long weekend for a funky good time? Been viewing the huge  line up of artists and Im so excited that not only my mate Ollie and his fabulous West African precussion band  TooBaBoo  will be playing but Charlie McGee and his formidable vegetable sound system will be performing on Saturday and Sunday. Permaculture is a  passion of both these bands.  Charlie  is busy  taking it to the world lately.   We will be cooking up some delicious curries from local grass fed beef  in the main concert venue down by the river. Would love to see you  down here in the forest this Friday and all weekend. Cheers, Bee
FORMIDABLE VEGETABLE

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Taste of Permaculture tour

A taste of permaculture tour  Sat. April 27th   2014

from 10 am  to 2.30 pm.  Please note we have moved this to Sunday due to the state election announced for April 6th  ( vote one Scott Ludlum)

Join Stew, Bee and 14 year old Lee on Merri Bee Organic Farm, . We will take a wander through food forests, some 25 years old, visiting many friendly farm animals along the way. On this extensive guided tour you will see more than 90 different mature species of plants that provide fodder, fruit, timber, nuts craft materials or bee forage. Admire the happily grazing free range pigs, sheep, cows and ducks and marvel at the developing bamboo collection. See how nutrients are recycled in this thriving eco system. We may see a chick hatching or a lamb being born if we are very lucky.

We've provided most of our own meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, herbs, condiments, bread and dairy produce for over 25 years and are keen to share permaculture design principals which have really worked with you and your kids. We decided years ago to withdraw our support from multinational agribusiness / pharmaceutical corporations by simply refusing to eat their GMOs, pesticides, food additives, nanno particles, hormones, irradiation, antibiotics , heavy metals ect. Industrial food corporations are serving these up to most of us every day adding huge toxic loads to our air, water and soil . But it doesn't have to be that way. Taste the forgotten flavours of compost grown fruit, nutrient dense veges and animal products. We find children really appreciate real food. 

See the passive solar human and animal housing, intensive gardens, nursery, general plant propagation areas, poultry sheds and runs, compost production, worm farm, wicking bed, swales, mature rare fruit and nut trees, raspberries, wood lots and lots, lots more. Bring appropriate footwear and clothing for steep hiking in the fresh air of Nannup. Cost $75 .00 per family. This will be a day focussed on children . Please bring enough adults to look after your children, we will be near dams and the river at times.  We look forward to meeting yours and answering all their questions (if we can, they throw some curly ones at you!)  Please email me to book your spot which will assist with catering.

 beewinfield@westnet.com.au

Cheers, Bee