Food & Wine Festival, and its cold.

Hi Friends.  Well, we have just had an awesome weekend at Eden Farm.  On Saturday it was our turn to hold an event for the Sun Country Food and Wine Festival.  We had David List, Food Technologist, speak on cooking meat.  A great crowd for that and then later in the day we had Phil Chua our Naturopath talk about Chemicals In Food and the implications on our health.  Gosh, he has some knowledge.

You know, the more you study about Chemicals In Food the more you understand what is happening to our bodies and how this all links to issues with our immune system. Have a look at the link we had on our last blog. Glyphosate+toxicity+with+Stephanie+Seneff.Full

I hope your health is good.  We are aware of so many people struggling with Auto Immune issues .  I hear more and more all the time.

 This picture was taken about a month ago.  It was warm and dry and now it is cold and not so dry. We have had some rain and we have been irrigating as well.  By the way, this is us in the photo – Gary and Suzanne Baker.

Did you know we now sell eggs? We have some beautiful hens that are super friendly.

We are trying to do our best to help you eat well.  So if you have any food needs we may be able to help with, let us know. We want you to be healthy.

When you wake up in the morning, how do you feel?  Full of energy I hope.

What about through the day?

Can you do what you want or is your body stopping you?

Let us know.  Maybe we can help, or put you onto someone who can.

More soon.. Stay well.

 

 

 

 

Life food or Death food – it’s our choice

Hi friends,

At a recent visit with my Naturopath we discussed many things but this, I felt sure, was worth sharing with you all. Stephanie Seneff is a great advocate for heath and I personally found this article eye opening.

Here is a snipit from her web page – “In recent years, Dr. Seneff has focused her research interests back towards biology. She is concentrating mainly on the relationship between nutrition and health. Since 2011, she has published over two dozen papers in various medical and health-related journals on topics such as modern day diseases (e.g., Alzheimer, autism, cardiovascular diseases), analysis and search of databases of drug side effects using NLP techniques, and the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health.”

It is scientific, and American based, but I recommend you take the time to see why it is so important for us to be sure of the source of the food we put into our bodies and how it is produced. One statistic that shocked me was the prediction that – “by 2032 half of the children born in the US will be diagnosed with Autism – 80% boys!”Just a little warning – there are some photos that could be distressing.

I am now at the point in my health walk that I don’t want anything but clean, organic, or bio-dynamic food to enter my body, and my family too. I must admit that our family has been fighting several of the diseases pointed out in this article – and we have not used chemicals on our farm since we purchased it 16 years ago!

However, we don’t have control of what the general food producers use. It does make my heart sad to see weed killers so widely used. It doesn’t take much thought to realise this then is washed into our waterways and is part of our ecosystem. Lets together, build a community that makes  informed choices that give our bodies the best fuel for the best health outcomes.

Have a great week, Suzanne.

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It’s summer & it’s hot, but that’s ok.

So summer has really kicked in now.  It’s hot and dry just like the summers I remember as a kid.  Most days in the 30’s and not much rain.  I guess growing up on a farm has taught me to look to the sky a lot and look forward to the next season and make sure I have plans in place. Farming is a tricky business as the goal posts move around all the time.

Anyway, we are doing a bit of fence maintenance at the moment and planning for the Autumn.  Some paddock grass topping to do and the normal cow herd checking.  As I have mentioned before, this time of year we are on the look out for pink eye.  No problems yet.

Eden Farm Produce will soon be launching some exciting new products.  So be on the look out on this web site and our Facebook page. I won’t say any more for now.

There also some exciting plans for the farm.  More to say later.

Please be safe when out there swimming and playing in the water over this school holiday season.

 

Cheers for now from Eden Farm Produce.

Life on the farm after Christmas

So what is life on the farm like after Christmas.  Well firstly, the weather has warmed up.  Summer is here and the temperature has gone up to the mid 30’s most days at the moment.  Also it is dry and that is ok, it is ment to be hot and dry this time of year but we can get storms as well.  We have had two storm events last week but not much rain. However, over the next few days, we are going to get some substantial rain.  So is that useful this time of year?  Maybe. This rain will make some weeds grow.  Some bad weeds and some good weeds and other grasses that the cows will eat.  I am making the most of the rain event this time.  Yesterday I planted some perennial pasture seed.  It is a bit late in the season to do this but I am taking the chance that we will get good rain to bring the seed up, then I can irrigate the new plants to keep them going.

The other task at the moment is to bring in the rest of the hay from the paddocks to the hay stacks.  Cleared one paddock yesterday, one more to go but this may have to wait until the weather clears. As I have mentioned before we have had a great year for hay.

The cows are looking great on the farm as they have lots of feed, although it is all dry feed this time of year.  Beef cattle still do well on dry feed.  It is a bit like giving them hay that was left in the paddock.  It is better to have them graze the dry feed than make it into hay and then have to feed it out to them.  Saves on time and fuel for the tractor.  Efficient farming is best for sustainability. The farm has to be sustainable for both the environment and economic reasons.

While we are on the subject of cows, we are on the lookout for “pink eye”  This can be a problem this time of year.  There are a lot of grass seeds and flies.   Pink eye is an infection cows can get in their eyes and can cause blindness. The other thing with the heat is to make sure the cows have plenty of water and shade.  As parts of our management program, we make sure the cows graze in paddocks that have shade trees.

So even though it is just after Christmas and many people are on holiday, work on the farm continues as normal, working with the season at the time and preparing for the season to come.

Remember that hear at Eden Farm we have our produce for sale.   Check out our web site for more information and our products on sale.  http://edenfarmproduce.com.au

 

 

Things are starting to slow down on the farm

Things are starting to slow down here on the farm. Hay season is over. All the small square hay bales are tucked away in the hay shed out of the weather. Most of the big round hay bales are stacked in rows. We only have two more paddock empty of round bales.

The weather is getting warmer and the grass is getting drier. This is okay as our cattle grow really well on dry feed.

Our summer fruits are beginning to ripen. The Apricots are starting to turn orange. These are late this year. Normally the Apricots are ripe at the start of December. The Plumcots are also ripe now. Plumcots are a cross between a Plum and an Apricot. If you haven’t tried these before I recommend it!

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Christmas is only 10 days away. Can you believe it? We will only be opening our shop on Fridays for the Christmas period. So this Saturday is the last Saturday we are open for the next few weeks.

At the start of next week we are getting another animal back from the butchers. So this means we will have most cuts of beef back in stock again. It is time to finalise your Christmas orders. We are offering free delivery for all orders over $100. The cut off for delivery is next Friday 23rd December.

We have a wide range of Christmas roasts available as well as all your BBQ needs. So why not WOW your Christmas guests with some LOCAL, HEALTHY beef this Christmas.

Moving the big round bales of hay

The big round bales of hay have started moving  from the paddocks to three storage locations around the farm.  This can be a slow job, but somewhat rewarding, as once it is done the harvest is finished.  This year has been so good for hay that we have about three years worth of hay to store.  This gives us great feed security for the cows.  Keeping the cows well fed is important for their overall health.

This hay is just not your every day hay.  Let have a talk about this.  What does this hay have and what does this hay not have.  The hay is mostly Rye grass.  There are a variety of other grasses, sub clover, and some native grass in the hay as well. The variety of feed in the hay gives greater nutritional value for the cattle.  The hay is quite often used to supplement winter feed which can be quite watery, so the combination of the two is great.

The hay does not have herbicides or pesticides.  Most farmers would have sprayed for weeds like Bathurst burr, Hog weed, Bindii  and others. Bathurst burr can be chipped with a shovel or slashed; Hog weed our cows will eat; not problem there, and Bindii can be chipped with a shovel or the cows will eat it if there is not much else.  Most farmers may have sprayed for Red legged earth mite, Aphids or a variety of other pests.  All these chemicals get into the soil and therefore into the plants the cows eat.

On Eden Farm we don’t spray for any of these weeds or pest issues and never have in the 15 years we have been here.  This means no residual chemicals in the soil or plants.  As part of our Biodynamic-In-Conversion certification our soil has been tested for residual chemicals and none were evident.

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Hay season, and best one we have ever had.

Well, all the hay is baled. Small square bails and large round bails. The small bales are now in the shed and the large ones are still in the paddock. The large ones can get rained on, that’s ok, but the small one cannot. Anyway, here are some pictures of the hay stack.

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So what’s next to do on the farm? All the big round bales have to be move to three stack locations. There is about three hundred of them so this will take a while, but it has to be soon so the cows can eat the left overs in those paddocks.

We had some rain this weekend so it was important that we had the hay finished. 15ml of rain did not do much as the days are now very long and it is warming up. Summer is around the corner. The farm is always busy but its a great life in the bush. Also, I think the mozzies are backing off a bit.

Cheers for now.

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So much hay. What a great season.

I was out raking hay this morning and yesterday.  This would have to be the biggest hay season we have had in the 15 years we have owned this property.  The hay is so thick my hay rake is having trouble coping with the amount and is leaving large clumps in the rows.  We will be making large round bales and small square bales.  The small squares will be carted into the shed by hand.  It’s great exercise for me and others who I can ring in to help.  I’ll let you know how much hay we end up with.

The huge hay harvest enables us to have back up feed for the cows for some years to come.  This means we can keep increasing our stock numbers and therefore our meat supply to our customers. Because we run Eden Farm on Bio-Dynamic principles, we can’t just buy in fodder when we need it. It has to be all our own feed, or sourced from other Bio-Dynamic farms but in poor seasons it becomes scarce.  To have quality feed for our animals is our number one priority and it’s great to make hay while the sun shines.

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Our on farm shop will be open Friday and Saturday and we will be having a tasting day again Saturday from 9am to 12 noon.  I will be doing something special with some steak this time; a cooking method I learned for our food technology friend David List.  I believe our meat has the best flavour around and it is chemical free, but sometimes I have struggled to get the tenderness I desire because of my cooking methods. I still have much to learn. I think that will be resolved with what I will be doing on Saturday. We hope to see you there.

Eden Farm seen from the eye of a Drone

Last time we spoke, I was talking about cutting hay, well if you want to see this then go to our Facebook page. This is what it looks like from the air. As I mentioned, we will have a lot of hay this year, and as you can see many acres of cut grass.  Also in this video is some footage of our cows and calves.  They are quite curious when the drone has a look at them.

Friday and Saturday our farm shop is open.  There will be cows to see close by and if I’m around you could get a look at the farm.   On Saturday morning we will be cooking some meat for folks to taste.