How to create a passive house and how to electrify your home and car

How to create a passive house and how to electrify your home and car

JUNE 26 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM for tickets please see our workshop tab. Join the highly sought after Certified Passivhaus Designer and Architect Talina Edwards at ORTO Farm! Passivhaus is the German word for a home that is built tight…

How to harvest and cook chestnuts 

How to harvest and cook chestnuts 

Harvesting, a meaningful way of spending quality time with others. Last week I invited people to attend a chestnut harvest, for it is autumn! and chestnuts are bountiful in this area (Daylesford, Victoria, Australia) thanks to the work of previous…

Preserving for beginners March classes

Preserving for beginners March classes

We have two classes scheduled for this month on Principles of Preserving. Due to Covid a number of cancellations have occurred hence this post is to let you know that spots have become available. See the workshop tab for details…

How to dry fruit

How to dry fruit

How to dry fruit Fruit drying is a rewarding way to preserve your summer harvest. Like many preserving techniques it is simple to do (one of the simplest) and the results are extremely satisfying. By the end of the season,…

How to create a passive house

How to create a passive house

This article was first published by Pip Magazine By understanding the principles that underpin passive heating design the building you create or retrofit will allow you to thrive, not just in the first few years but indefinitely. The most important…

Herbaceous perennial plants, what are they, how to care for them and their role in organic gardens

Herbaceous perennial plants, what are they, how to care for them and their role in organic gardens

One day you may find yourself falling in love with plants and gardens and in the process discovering an entirely new language. Many plant nursery websites have a category called perennials, dedicated to plants that live for more than two…

How to create a living fence

How to create a living fence

This article first appeared in Sanctuary Magazine, the 55th edition (with a few changes made here for my blog). A big thank you to editor Anna Cumming for commissioning this piece for I really love writing about the things I…

Book Launch and Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop!

Book Launch and Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop!

With Author Jade Miles and Graftsman Charlie Showers at ORTO Farm, Blampied. An exciting event with these wonderful humans! From Black Barn Farm in Stanley, Victoria. Jade’s recently published book “Future Steading: Live like tomorrow matters” is a truly delicious,…

How to make cake using summer or winter fruit

How to make cake using summer or winter fruit

In the freezer are containers full of boysenberries, raspberries and strawberries. In the winter garden, rhubarb! There is a cake recipe that I have adapted to make the most of my fruit harvest. This recipe is best when baked in…

Cooking School

Cooking School

This photo captures a feeling…the very feeling that brought me here. A feeling of deep satisfaction and warmth. The same emotion I first felt 20 years ago when together with Lise and Sam two of my closest friends, we cooked…