Seasonal rhythms

Seasonal rhythms

It is spring and Madeline is here from Canada. And working with her is a dream. Her pace is calm and focused. Together we are working through various projects on our 15 acres of volcanic soil. In the morning we…

Permaculture, wetland, straw building

Permaculture, wetland, straw building

We are offering a tour of our burgeoning permaculture farm followed by afternoon herbal teas and home made treats on Sunday 15th December 2pm -4pm. Please go to our Workshop tab to book a ticket. We are on 15 acres…

How to care for chickens & how to choose them

How to care for chickens & how to choose them

We have chickens after a four-year break. First, we needed to build our home, the farm stay, the piazza shed. We needed to plant thousands of trees, and grasses, and fruit orchards and berries and chestnuts and oaks, and hazelnuts…

Dried basil and dried tomato bread before folding

Naturally Leavened Bread Baking Class, Sunday 15th September

Naturally leavened bread baking class. Time: 9am -5pm Date: Sunday 15th September Cost: $95 ORTO Straw Eco Farm, Blampied (just outside of Daylesford). Overview Learn to make your own delicious sourdough bread loaf to take home. We will also make…

Natural Dyeing Workshop at Orto Farm, Sunday First of September

Natural Dyeing Workshop at Orto Farm, Sunday First of September

My dear friend Ilka White is an extremely talented handloom weaver and dyer of natural fibres. In the 1990’s I loved visiting her in a studio she shared with Nicola Cerini. I would ride my bike through the bustling city of…

Naturally leavened bread baking class for you

Naturally leavened bread baking class for you

Naturally Leavened Bread Baking for Beginners Class I really love baking bread and I really love teaching. Come and join me at my home in Blampied. 9:45am-5pm Sunday August 4th. Cost: $95pp. Max 6.  All tools and ingredients provided. Each…

Identity, village life and how to make lemon and lime marmalade

Identity, village life and how to make lemon and lime marmalade

I have hosted dozens of young travellers here at my farm over the past three years. With each I have been privileged to witness the identity search that comes with this age. The question that often arises from my young…

Apply Images to Plywood workshop with Nicola Cerini

Apply Images to Plywood workshop with Nicola Cerini

Come oh come! I will be hosting my first workshop here at our eco property in Blampied with my dear friend Nicola Cerini. Apply Images to Plywood  Saturday the 8th June from 1-4pm, $95 pp. We will begin with a tour…

Preserving

Preserving

I have had a great summer. I must thank all my volunteer fairies for without them I would not be able to do all that I do. No way. There are so many tasks that take hours and hours to…

Summer Harvest

Summer Harvest

I really try and make the most of summer…it is the most productive time of the year on our property. A time to restock the larder and discover new foraging opportunities. During summer I think about water a lot. Every…