It’s been a hectic few weeks here at Wynlen House. Not only with the increased farm activity associated with Spring, but also because we have been involved in a couple of very special events. The first was a visit to our small farm by Culinary Director Chef Sean Connolly and from The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room in Sydney. Our small farm was chosen as a destination as part of a The Morrison’s Oyster Experience competition. The winners headed to the South Coast to visit the Bay Rock Oyster Farm and Wynlen House.
The second special event was our participation in the Queanbeyan/Palerang annual Arts Trail. Being privileged to have sculptor and rejenerative farmer Victoria Royd’s work on display. Victoria has worked as a contemporary jeweller, & public artist (sculpture and installation). Her artwork focuses on the human condition particularly issues of female identity in western culture.
Victoria returned to Braidwood in 2008 to manage the family farming business. She is passionate about Regenerative Agriculture with an emphasis on Soil health to produce nutrient dense food. Victoria feels privileged to be an Artist and Regenerative Farmer. She believes that these two occupations are similar in many ways in that they both are creative processes; require problem solving and they can both bring healing to mind, body, soul and to mother earth. This is probably the driving force.... wanting to create a healthy environment, to heal ourselves and the planet. In 2011 Victoria won the National Carbon Cocky Encouragement Award. She has an Angus breeding herd and the farm also is producing garlic with 90% of the crop being cold season cultivars such Duganski, and Spanish Roja which is a Creole group garlic. Victoria’s work will remain on display for Braidwood Open Garden weekend and Aring of the Quilts on 25th and 26th November.
This week we are having a short break from the farm heading to Albury for the NSW Landcare Awards presentation night and then to Bathurst for the weekend where we are speaking at the Rahamim Ecology Centre.
Finally an update on the farm. The long awaited arrival of the goslings is not happening. Unfortunately after sitting for over 40 days I finally had to remove the eggs from our determined female geese only to find, very disappointingly, that none of the eggs were fertile. Now we have a dilemma. We have a very handsome gander with 2 wives (they mate for life) who is either too large for successful mating or has lost his potency so to speak. We are not sure how to proceed from here. Hopefully our short break away will provide some perspective on this matter.
Apologies. No time to write this week. Life is getting hectic on the farm. Will post again next week
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Have a good week.
;It is a busy time on the farm and in the market garden at this time of year. The weather warms up the days get longer (especially with daylight saving) and there seems to be so much to do. Much of this activity is focused in the garden. Today for example, we removed all the frost protection covers; weeded, weeded and then even more weeding; planted broccoli, leeks, lettuces and radicchio; pumped water from our neighbours tanks as he doesn't use it; and sprayed the entire garden with "eco oil and a touch of pyrethrum to keep the plague proportions of aphids in check. At this time of year when the weather warms up and it is very dry, aphids are a major problem. They build up very quickly across the garden and start causing damage before their is enough time for the beneficial insects to be attracted to the garden.
Apart from the garden activity, there is also a lot happening with the animals. There are the two geese sitting on eggs and the gander is alternating between forlorn, loneliness and the aggressive protector. Every so often there is a cacophony of alarm honks as a chooks or a duck wanders near the nest. Speaking of ducks, our three girls, have taken to wandering the street as the drains are still offering some nice green grass. Then of course there are the turkeys. They are growing rapidly and today we moved them to some new grass. Amid all this activity there was a long roar of sound as our bees swarmed. Just another interesting day on the farm.
A note of caution to end on. With the warm weather it is very tempting to plant out the summer vegies, tomatoes, peppers, pumpkin, beans and so on, but there is still some cold nights and frost around. On Saturday morning we had a light frost forming a thin layer of ice on the water bowls. While the temperature did not drop much below zero, it is enough to kill or severely damage summer plantings . Be patient, in our cold climate it is better to wait until November for summer planting.
Bronwyn Richards has cared for animals and has been growing vegetables successfully all her adult life. She is principle gardener for Wynlen House Farm