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…

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

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…

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…

Cheese

Cheese

At the Daylesford Sunday market I met Nardia, the cheese maker. It’s the first time I have met a local cheese maker. A small scale, hands on artisan cheese maker who supports her family by making cheese. Had I been…

Tomatoes and Gnocchi

Tomatoes and Gnocchi

I have had a really lucky month. I planted dozens and dozens of tomato plants in spring. My plan had been to grow enough tomatoes to make a year’s worth of passata. But I had grown far more than a…

Passive Solar & Summer Harvest

Passive Solar & Summer Harvest

There is so much work being done. My motivation levels continue to be high. My energy levels rise and then fall. This is a brilliant time of the year, summer is so bountiful I want to make the most of…

Autumn of course

Autumn of course

At this time of the year there are many foods to forage, but with summer ending I began to think about my native trees again and how I should get out on the farm to plant more of them. We…