Local farming requires local knowledge. That's the whole point. We're constantly testing, trialing, often failing, but frequently succeeding! at developing systems to farm small scale, locally adapted, biome resilient plant and animal lines to link into our growing local food economy. This website is part journal, part photo album, part public record of our journey. We hope you enjoy learning alongside us! Have fun :)
What do we do on Elon Hill Farm?
Currently, a bunch of stuff....
Our own crazy hybrid of bantams x old gaming breeds. Seriously, we're not sure what they are now! They are tasty to eat (YUM!) and productive layers. And they are tough! Seriously tough. We have them partially in a permanent laying run/ shed, and partially free ranging in our pastures.
Our goats are heritage breeds from the outlying islands in our region. They have a history going back 150 years, and their story is fascinating! Have a read here on our goats page.
Crops/ Market gardening
We have some established food forest/ orchard space integrated with the chickens. We've harvested a few solid tomato crops, plus herbs, pumpkins, corn, and many other trial plots. Plus several million pigeon pea plants, pumping nitrogen underground like crazy.
Teaching and Social capital
While we learn, we teach! Down at Third Ground Coffee House in Sarina, we are often found loitering. Particularly on the fortnightly food swap and trade day (every second Saturday). We enjoy a fellow chin-wag and teeth-chomp at our seasonal Feast Nights held in the Back Yard at Third Ground not to mention the many farm tours and permaforceses we find our renegade crew hanging out at. We're often partnering with our local friends such as Sammy's Bootcamp, The Family Table, Sarina Permaculture, TG Backyard Garden, Have a Dig Nursery, and Wildly Handy for a whole lot of food, farming, and community related shenanigans! We've had a visit from Grandma's Place kindy and Edutones Nature Play Group to show the mini-farmers a thing or two.
elon hill blog
We may not always be here chatting but what you get is an authentic snap shot into what is happening around the farm, stuff we are thinking about and things we are getting up to. We hope by sharing some of our thoughts you will feel encouraged, inspired and normal as you go on towards your own destination.