The other week I came across Possum Creek Farm on Facebook and straight away knew I wanted to write about their work. It's a new venture that is transforming a 100acre property in the Byron hinterland formerly used as a wedding and function centre into a new, sustainable permaculture farm and education centre. This is great news for Byron, and for the local organic food movement in general.
I you click on the Weekender cover image above you can read the story I wrote, and see more photos and videos of Possum Creek Farm, and below are a few pix I took when I toured the farm and interviewed Andrew Cameron, one of the project's coordinators.
There is a long history of permaculture on the Northern Rivers dating right back to the 1970s and many (if not all) of our locally grown organic produce is influenced by that design method in one way or another, but to my knowledge there aren't any commercial-scale farms that also offer the PDC (Permaculture Design Course). That's the part that I think will be especially exciting for people to be a part of as Possum Creek gets established - to learn about permaculture from within a working farm. There is something similar operating successfully in Mudgee at Milkwood Permaculture (their blog is fantastic if you're interested in the permaculture approach to farming), and Nick Ritar from Milkwood will be one of the teachers at Possum Creek's first PDC in August.
As for me with my hankerchief-sized backyard, well I'm not about to turn into a "proper" farmer any time soon, but I am so keen to learn more from Possum Creek and apply it to my own patch. Even the short time I toured the land up there (zipping around with Andrew in a golf buggy and getting in the way of a film being produced while I was there!) has inspired me to take a look at my garden with fresh eyes.
I am in love with the kitchen garden set up just outside the main homestead on the property... sigh. It's so pretty. This is what my dream veggie garden looks like, folks. Ditto the old Queenslander house in the background... sigh.
In other news, I've been looking at how my working-week is playing out now and I am going to re-schedule the North Coast Blogger series to run on Tuesdays. For various reasons, that will work better for me so next Tuesday we'll have the next blogger and get back on track. Thanks for everyone's support and interest in that project, and thanks to the bloggers themselves for being involved and for being patient while I get myself re-aquanited with FT work again. What an adjustment that has been!