This week we posted the picture above of produce. It all came from our garden/farm. We made the comment that not everyone has a cow that they can milk for fresh milk for their coffee. We are farmers and as such have a large vegetable garden, a number of fruit trees, Jorja keeps us in a supply of eggs from her girls, and of course we have access to our farm to plate meat products that are produced on our farm. Growing and eating our own food is part of our paddock to plate philosophy.
We know that not everyone has space, skills or time to produce a full paddock to plate dinner but there are many ways you can produce your own food. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Your Farm To Table Alternatives
Don’t have a backyard? Community gardens are an alternative to consider. Community gardening is a valuable recreational activity that contributes to the connectedness, health, and wellbeing of the community and provides a range of environmental, social and educational benefits. Community gardens provide a place for local residents to meet and talk, grow local food, share gardening tips, volunteer together to keep the gardens tidy and productive, or ‘grow their own’ in individual plots.
Several community groups have established community gardens throughout the Tweed and the Gold Coast many of them are actively seeking new members including Enid Street Community Garden, Tweed Heads and Coombabah Community Garden on the Gold Coast.
Keeping poultry in your backyard has lots of benefits and, done properly, will reduce kitchen and food waste and reward you and your garden as well as providing you with fresh eggs. Chickens are also a delight to watch and a great pet for children.
On the Gold Coast
There are are rules and regulations around owing chickens. On the Gold Coast you are permitted to have up to 6 chickens if your block is more than 800m2, if your block is more than 601m2 you are allowed one chicken per 100m2. Visit the Council website for more info
In the Tweed Shire you are allowed to keep up to 10 chickens. Find out more about Tweed Shire regulations here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
Container gardens are a great way for those with limited space to begin growing food plants. Herbs, salad greens, and tomatoes all grow well in a container garden. Container gardens are available in a whole range of sizes and are suitable for apartment living. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]
A plot in common
There are other ways of growing your own food too. Follow the story of A Plot in Common. Tash has leased front yards from a couple of people in Northern NSW and is planting out the spaces in what she describes as a Urban Farming project. She will pay the home owners in vegetables once the gardens are established. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]And don’t forget, if you want farm to table meat you can always rely on us. We produce natural sustainable meats including beef and pork.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]