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

Fungi Language

Fungi Language

New words have travelled and found me, making their home in my minds nest. Popping out clearly at times and hiding at the very bottom of my nest unretractable and reluctant when I need them most. Words new, such as…

How to dry quinces and make quince cordial.

How to dry quinces and make quince cordial.

In March it’s hard not to be gluttonous. It’s hard for me to walk away from a quince tree with only a small amount of quinces. Instead I have this hungry energy as though the tree I have found is…

Make pasta

Make pasta

Make pasta if you can…if your heart will allow…if anxiety levels are high or low or somewhere in between. Make pasta if the choice is there and you feel ok and the worries now with you are not too high….