On a smallish acreage with the density we desire, total food self-sufficiency is not really an option, nor even desirable. Villages have always traded with their neighbours and we imagine the same. However, the more we can achieve with growing our own wholesome food, the more resilient we will be and the less we will rely on others. In so doing, we are also able have confidence in what we put into our bodies and maintain a connection with the earth.
We are excited about: permaculture, community supported agriculture (CSA), local growers, trading, biological farming, permaculture, food producing streetscapes, chooks and ducks, downstream processing in our big community kitchen, the possibilities of hemp.
The growing season is long enough, with Tasmania being famous for its production of cool-climate fruit and vegetables: raspberries, blueberries, cherries, and other stone fruit are grown, as well as the apples and pears that Tasmania is famous for. Not to mention the potatoes! Certainly enough food can be grown here to sustain a community throughout the year.
We currently grow several different vegetable crops in various small gardens around the property. Much of our produce however comes through the CSA gardens which are run as a private enterprise servicing both residents and the broader local community through an online veggie box ordering system. We produce eggs from a small flock of hens; agist a couple of beehives for a neigbouring member; have a variety of fruit trees, including lemons, apples, pears and cherries. Seasonally we harvest raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, cut flowers, snow and pod peas, hazelnuts and more. We even grew some bananas last year in the hothouse!