Mar 16th (Sat) at 11am – 1pm.
Host: Julie Jay, Hurstbridge
18 acres of pasture and bush in Hurstbridge, with a valley running through the middle. We have two orchards (one netted and fox-proof for poultry, one newly planted), raised vegie beds, perennial food garden, native ornamental gardens, greenhouse and seed propagation areas, bathtub worm farms, multiple composting bays.
We keep cows for beef, mowing and manure using a rotational grazing system. I also breed poultry for food and for sale, so we have good infrastructure for geese, Muscovy ducks, chooks and quail, including a barn set up with permanent poultry housing, and a chicken tractor with mobile fencing for out in the paddocks. We have three bee hives for our own honey needs. We’ve designed the property in line with permaculture principles so have good examples of zoning, water collection and storage, house orientation, solar power, heatpump hot water, integration of animals and plants etc. At the moment, we’re doing a small renovation on our guesthouse using Australian-made, recycled, repurposed or eco-materials where possible, so happy to run through options for sourcing/choosing materials if anyone’s interested.
Re skills/knowledge to share: anything to do with poultry! Breeding, hatching, raising, or processing birds for meat or eggs. We have poultry processing days a few times a year, so if anyone were interested in growing their own meat birds, they could come along and see what’s involved. Lots of skills in growing and preserving: jams, sauces, kefir, yoghurt, bread, pickled everything. I often grow and preserve too much, so am more than happy to share the surplus.
Thanks very much to Julie and Robin for hosting and to Julie and Peta for the documentary images.