Hi Liz, a buyers group sounds great. I'd be interested in pea straw as it's really expensive on the island. I have some lemon balm you could take a cutting from? If you end up with too much mint then I'd love some. thanks
I'm interested in getting raw milk -of course!! It would be nice not to have to do all the ferry stuff we have at the moment. About 5 litres milk per week plus 1 litre cream would be about right for me. :-)
Hi Liz,it was lovely to meet you and the children the other day,i have a little pink teddy that i think belongs to one of the kids,let me no how i can get it to you. The bread is going well however i will need lots more practice.How are the cows going? We would love to buy at least 10 liters a week from you,and we may look at buying another piece of land yet for our heard so this might take a while to find.Have you seen the polyface farm video on ooooby yet,such a fantastic idea,Merry Christmas Fi
yes, i'm a fan of the western A price philosophy too! we're thinking of leasing some land just for the cows but hope in the long term to be able to share some land with either friends or family. we still have a freezer full of meat from our land up north, cow, sheep and bacon. we'll probably buy a cow, pig and sheep from friends up north and get the home kill thing done again. it's great to have meat in the freezer that you know has been well raised etc. that's great that you get to eat game though.........by far the best kind of meat. we have a small residential section in palm beach which i'll have a small garden on and enough chooks for eggs. got a small boy crawling up my leg for a feed....i'm the house cow here still!! cheers
Hi Liz,i am with you the health benefits and taste of real milk are the best.I would have loved to have had Jerseys but for us they are to big and hard on pasture.We are going to try to keep buying feed to a minimum.Do you eat meat?We do, we are very intereseted in the research of Western A Price.The old Grannie diet works for us. Steve hunts, on our land rabbit,pheasent,peahen and goat and goes of island to hunt.Steve grew up on farms in Otago and when he was young was a possom trapper.I am still getting my head aroung the whole gun thing,but what he kills we eat.Are you thinking of buying someland or leasing,it would be good to form a small holders group,share resourses ie chiller,help with big jobs and ideas etc.Well must dash,Fi
Hi Liz,no problem i no how hard things can be with little guys and building.We havent got our cows yet,thru the dexter society we are on the hunt for cows off an organic farm with the a2 gene.They have a survey out with Dexter breeders asking if they would get there cattle tested so they will no how many are a2.So we have some fencing to do and then theres the milking shed.We have consent to build another house and a big 4 bay barn but i think i will be pushing it to get consent for another building,but i am going to get some advice on this.Its my dream to see more milking cows on the island,have a look into Dexters, they are great little Irish cattle,really hardy,not fussy eaters.are naturaly small,and are good for milk and meat,and have a great temprement.Still would love a bread lesson but i am flat out this week and the next week,Willy my baby is 5 on the 27th so we are haveing lots of little parties.So can i get in touch after its all over,thanks regards Fi
Hi Liz, I've just seen your messages about the 5 grain sourdough bread that you're sharing with people on Waiheke... Wondering whether you'd be willing to share the recipe? I've been on the lookout for a good grainy bread recipe!
kids love to get dirty and they love stinky things they "ow yuck" every thing but just watch the smile they have on their face its worth alittle extra washing, and they would love to help out with fretilizing the whole community garden for other peoples plots to, builds good life skills in them, good on you.
I wouldn't say my crop are great my soil is bad, new house dead land, but im planing a resurection. I concentrated on planting last year because i carn't stand bear land unless it's supposed to be, but i'm going to payer buckets off manure on our land this year. my land is on a health diet from now on.
Hi Liz, Have you thought about planting in an old half wine barrel? its not to big to up lift and replant it will only cost a couple of big bags of potting mix and you could get a tree starred in that and some flowers for the kids? When I planted a couple of barrels my kids took them over and would put a little fish poo in a old three litre container every couple of days filled with water ofcourse if they had been the only thing I had in the garden visitour would still be happy as they looked great and our strawberrys only slowed down when the fish poo ran out all I had o do was watch the kids! Easy!