Our farm is a 52 Ac Fruit block that had been in one family for many generations. I was fortunate enough to take over the reins in 2008. Nestled in along the Murray River in the sun-drenched west of NSW. The hamlet of Goodnight is blessed with amazing sandy soils and the right weather to grow anything from the Mediterranean.
With that in mind, we have moved away from being mainly a Sultana farm, the monoculture approach wasn’t for us. Over the years we have pulled out vines and added more varieties of Citrus and Figs.
Once a traditionally grown farm, I have converted it to be fully certified Organic with NASAA. Working with nature to achieve the best results is always my approach. We encourage beneficial bugs such as wasps and lady beetles, as the pest numbers breed up, shortly afterwards the predatory bugs will be there in abundance. The main fertiliser I use is Organic Charlie Carp, taking carp from the rivers and feeding it to my plants a definite Win-Win. An extra homemade bonus for the plants is Horse poo tea, I believe the beneficial bacteria in the soil is a must for healthy plants and soil life.
We have always had animals on the farm to help out, not like the bullock teams of old, more like cats to keep the mice down in sheds and around the house. Horses to help with weeding and fertiliser making. And as for Lily the Kangaroo, who we found on our farm as a Joey and have hand-reared - she seems to take on whatever supervisory and quality control roll she chooses on the day.
My girls and I have enjoyed the company of some really fantastic furry family members over the years.