The last few months at the farm have been busy, with a big push to reclaim some very overgrown garden beds. Thanks to our new walk-behind-tractor, we have been making great progress and planting a serious amount of veg! The pigs have been delighted to help… we recently moved them into an area over-run with sweet potato and sedge and they have been in pig paradise, cleaning up and turning over the beds for us.
We commenced the tidy up and earthworks inside our main entrance in preparation for our new flower garden. This has been quite a challenge, as the site was home to a large collection of scrap metal from the pre-farm days. With the area now clear, we are getting ready to plant 17 new native trees with beautiful foliage and flowers. After these are planted, we will install irrigation and order smaller flowering shrubs and plants. We can’t wait to see them turned into beautiful bouquets!
The weekly playgroup at the farm has had a fantastic start. Recently the kids got to see and taste honeycomb strait from our hives and investigate an impressive snakeskin we found on the farm. It is so rewarding to see the children having fun and enjoying new experiences.
The chooks recently had some engagement activities installed in their run, with a swing, some mirrors and suspended food hangers to keep them busy.
Finally, with National Volunteer Week this month, we would like to give a shout out to all our farm volunteers. From boxing eggs, whipper snipping, weeding, maintaining tools and operating the excavator… we sincerely thank you and appreciate everything you do!
Green Connect Farm Manager
Feature Veg: Tuscan Kale & Rocket
Tuscan kale, also known as ‘cavolo novo’ or lacinato kale, has a milder and slightly sweeter flavour compared to regular curly leaf kale. Popular in Italian cuisine, it is delicious when used as a pizza topping, or when sauteed and added to soup, pasta or scrambled eggs. It can be eaten raw in salad or slaws, made into pesto, cooked into kale chips or blended into smoothies. If in doubt, use as you would regular kale. Enjoy!
Rocket, also known as arugula or roquette, is a member of the brassica family, making it a relative of broccoli, kale, bok choy, cabbage, and many others. This leafy green with a spicy and peppery bite is a popular ingredient in salads, but it can be used for much more than that! Add a handful to a cooked pasta or pizza dish for a crisp & fresh kick; Stir it into a hot risotto, soup, stew, or stir-fry just before serving, allowing it to wilt; Blend it into a dip, such as hummus or pesto; Quickly sauté it on it’s own for a side dish. For maximum freshness, wash your rocket in cold water and store it in a sealed container in your fridge or veggie crisper.