At this time of the year I try to focus on replenishing my soil with nutrients, sowing green manures, cleaning out summer plants, and pruning berry plants. The largest garden bed has been cleared and broad beans sown to increase…
In my twenties I spent my university holidays WWOOFing, culminating in a permaculture course in Hepburn Springs. Fifteen years later, with a seven week old baby (Artemisia) in our arms, Ralf, Ahlia and I met up with friends at Barbialla, a Tuscan farm. There we shared the mornings work: baking bread, tending the vegetable garden, stirring quince paste, before coming together to cook, feast and chiacchierare (chatter).
Our Italian adventure inspired Village Dreaming a place where guests could experience village life at its very best. At our new 15 acre farm in Blampied (Daylesford), we are building a new home with multiple kitchens, a large vegetable kitchen garden, various orchards, a beautiful wetland to welcome native birds and provide habitat for dragonflies and frogs, and areas for keeping animals, chickens, pigs, sheep, ducks and geese. The farm, once established will provide opportunities for groups of people with a passion for growing, preserving, baking, cooking and feasting to come together to learn how to establish their own kitchen garden and how to make the most from their harvest.
This blog is a way to document the building of our farm in Blampied, the cultivation of our new productive garden and the people we meet along the way: inspiring gardeners, farmers, makers. Please join us on our travels.
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