this is not a long post .... but a reality check time post.
when we moved to the Northern Rivers Region we new very quickly that to be financially viable on the farm, we needed to be producing something.
but in order to write off our costs for investing in this we had to be primary producers.
and in order to be primary producers we had to show financial viability.
in other words ... to make it work we had to have the money upfront to make it all work.
which we didn't and don't.
so we put in our application for becoming primary producers ... made a good case, btw. showing that with the right fiscal management we could be showing the required $20k profit in 5 years.
our principles? diversification and sustainable methods. ensuring that we didn't put all our eggs in one basket.
but this apparently isn't what the government wants to see.
let me first say .... that the guy we dealt with was WONDERFUL. not often you say that about government employees .... but he was great.
the jist of the situation is this (and this is what our government rep even said) ... that while it is becoming more and more obvious that farming in a diversified manner is, long term, more financially secure -- this is not what the current government regulations support.
the government, you see, would rather us put all our eggs in one basket, roll the dice and hope it comes up trumps .... that to them would mean we are worth backing. (stupid, aye?)
as he said, unfortunately, his hands are tied by regulation and he cannot recommend that we receive primary producer status.
what does that mean for us? well .... i guess it means that we will be doing things in the TRULY sustainable way ... small, on the cheap and as we can afford it.
a bit disappointed .... but just have to be creative about how we move forward. there is always more than one way to skin a cat!
Monday, June 22, 2015
but first up ... the patch. this is our little seed bed of gold. a humble area that even in winter is producing fabulous produce for our family, and seed crop for our future offerings.
|very excited to see my first cauliflower emerging today. yeah!!!!! will make for some|
yummy wintery goodness on the table.
|the patch was buzzing with bee's today .... which makes my heart sing. i've deliberately|
let one of my broccoli go to flower for this very reason ... feeding our bees as they
hunker down for winter.... they take care of me .... i take care of them!
|broad beans ... 'nuf said. lovely beanie goodness and soil improvement|
to boot! who could ask for more! yummo! i'd say we are weeks away from
our first crop for the season.
|Leeks .... one of my all time favourites. makes everything|
taste fabulous. these beauties are simply waiting to be used. time to put in
a heap more seedlings that i have growing i reckon!
|lettuce. staple right? i'm terrified of slugs. so i'm breathing deep and|
doing the right thing..... we'll see how this experiment goes!
|see those gorgeous garlic just starting to sprout through? how exciting!|
|Rocky and two of his girls behind the electric fence. looking forward to|
seeing what their offspring bring to us!
|our open compost. the chooks love it ... right next to the orchard. they dig|
through and mix it up as well as giving some added fertility goodness
from time to time! go girls!