Why I love living fences

Why I love living fences

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…

Preserving for beginners

Preserving for beginners

Preserving class Sunday 20th of June 2pm to 6pm at ORTO Farm, Blampied. I love foraging, I love growing and I want to make the very most of what I find and what I grow. Preserving for beginners offers all…

How to make soap

How to make soap

After five years of making soap I started to get that lovely feeling I get when I know that I have cultivated enough soap making skills to share those skills. This year I launched our first soap making classes. In…

TOUR: building with straw, establishing a wetland, keeping chickens and making all things

TOUR: building with straw, establishing a wetland, keeping chickens and making all things

Every year we host a tour or two, to talk with you about all that we have done, all that we have learned. Our home and farm stay are built from straw. Our land had not a single tree and…

Vegan Soap Lard Soap Making Class

Vegan Soap Lard Soap Making Class

Sunday 21st February 3-6pm at ORTO Farm Blampied, just outside of Daylesford. Using traditional soap making skills, it is possible to make a years’ worth of soap in just one day. We will make two batches of soap: One using…

Strawberries cornflowers and volunteer fairies

Strawberries cornflowers and volunteer fairies

Volunteer fairies are back! And I am so happy to have their support. At this time of the year the strawberry harvest is bountiful. We have been drying strawberries on a regular basis. They keep well in glass jars, their…

Welcome to ORTO

Welcome to ORTO