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.
Bronwyn Richards has cared for animals and has been growing vegetables successfully all her adult life. She is principle gardener for Wynlen House Farm