So we have partnered with the wonderful Sam Marwood of Cultivate farms whose mission is to partner young families wanting to get into farming with investors like you that want to see they can! And the wonderful organic co op of organic farmers looking to expand their holdings and take on partners. You can look at some of the projects we will be posting on the projects page.
OK so I thought id do a random blog about some of the things that inspire me to work in this space and make me feel not only that I belong but that I am doing something good about things I think many people would rather were not the way they are..
There have been huge fires in the news lately regards California and we had a whole spate of them too here in Victoria, Australia called Black Saturday in 2009. I knew farmers who had their sheep die burnt to death because sheep dont think to run to water like cows but just run into fences or whatever to try to escape the fire even if to their peril and the farmers simply could not get to all of them in time - the fires were vicious and fast.
My own property is surrounded by forest on three sides and there is literally no way I or my art studio would survive a major bushfire up there so my fire plan has always been keep the srub cleared around the house, the gutters cleaned and if possible full of water and then get out. I was up there carving by myself the day before the fires broke out and decided to abandon the studio based on how the locals were talking.
But I was just lucky with the fires and the following years there were more even closer to my house literally a few minutes up and down the road but i was a long way away at the time. And now there is flooding in many parts of the country and yes even in my house we have had three floods in the last 10 years and I have lived in this house for 45 years with nothing like these downpours.
Lets be clear, there are parts of Australia where there has always been flood but what people dont understand about these events is that climate change is increasing the severity and the land is becoming hydra-phobic… yes scared of water! it literally cannot soak in due to degrading soil structure and compaction it is becoming like concrete!
Some of that is also due to land management which is why our first project was supporting a farmer with a 5 generational history in sheep genetics and farming and a particularly solid history of rejuvenating soil. He had just inherited some very degraded land and was putting some of the sheep on it brought down form the drought affected north to help out when it was hit with a massive 270 mm (10.6 inches) of water in the unmanageable space of 2 hours. Most of the animals survived but it just pointed out how important it is to repair the land and rebalance the climate as soon as possible. Yes it is a risk financially, but a far greater risk is to do nothing.
To give further weight to these climate events we are all creating, lets take a look at the farmers and their animals that are dealing with the aftermath of the recent Queensland floods that just hit a week ago…
But lets finish on a a more inspiring note of a couple of people doing things to help!
and just for some really keen people who are seeking inspiration here is a young woman doing the zero waste thing
and an educator Ive been following for some years of how to do it katie patrick