On sunny days in late spring and early summer on Highfield Farm,...
St John's Wort is by far the most prevalent weed on Highfield....
FIELDING QUESTIONS So often, my writing here is sparked by comments...
When you look at an ancient paddock tree you are looking at a tree that will most likely be dead in 40 years’ time taking with it its important role in the ecosystem and a whole raft of biodiversity.
Many ask us if we are Regenerative Farmers. We find this problematic because, from experience, when we answer, “yes”, we often get the response, “oh good”, and that’s the end of the conversation. Many wait to here the ‘R’ word and then stop listening.
We take seriously our obligation to protect, enhance and restore the important natural biodiversity that remains – not just in our conservation area but in our grazing paddocks as well.
People ask us how often we move our sheep – the answer is not a simple one.
TYPES OF THISTLES During the first couple of years at Highfield, we...
Sheep Camp Hill grew nothing, nothing – it was too poisoned even for weeds.
PLEASE DON'T LABEL US I like Permaculture. I really do. I bought and...
This Christmas, instead of kissing under the mistletoe, kiss the mistletoe instead and thank it for it’s role in the environment.
Some of the greatest bird diversity can be seen where the edges of different habitats are found – where forest meets woodland meets grassland.
Our visitor asked if we had any wombats. My reply was “loads of them!” “Do you mind them being here?”, she asked carefully not knowing what response she might get.
Carex isn’t loved around here, on the farms of the Snowy. It’s missing from most farms landscapes now. In fact it’s so uncommon that it is now considered an endangered ecological community.
As we see it ‘Wild Irishman’ or Acacia paradoxa brings many benefits to both wildlife and the farm.
“Plenty of firewood here – enough for a lifetime, how come there is so much wood in the paddocks”, they asked.
“Go to the Canberra Markets Lou,” one of our market friends said. “You will sell all your lamb in one go!” Others say, “you used to live in Sydney, you should sell all your produce there, you’d have a ready market”.
At Highfield we don’t believe in producing any ordinary dozen. There is much more to life than brown eggs and brown hens.