I don’t believe it’s possible to live completely self sufficiently, however to live semi self sufficiently is within reach for most of us. I’ve no interest in making my own soap, growing paddocks of wheat or harvesting salt from the ocean. Just thinking about all these tasks is overwhelming! It is however, very possible to grow a great deal of your own food, eat from the wild, and build your food community to share natures bounty. Why a lifestyle like this? Well there are many benefits.
The the first benefit, of which is that by growing and sourcing food grown closer to your home, you reduce your food miles. Thats a no brainer. Secondly you actively encourage the development of your personal food community, which may be family, friends or organic local producers. Again benefits abound in reducing your carbon foot print and consider the nutritional and health benefits of eating fresh organic home grown! Thirdly you rely less on the sourcing your food from the big guys, who by now we all know produce food for the masses with questionable process’s.
The final benefit is personal satisfaction. Our lives used to have purpose, tasks we did used to have a direct benefit to us, our friends and our families. Now many of us work like drones, robotically performing tasks that have no direct personal benefit. Imagine a life where you were at the office less, you needed to earn less money because you lived a simpler life, you were semi self-sufficient and you took care of the food production for yourself, friend and family.
This is the journey I went on. Along the way I’ve learned many skills, some taught and some learnt via a mixture of trial and error and investigation. Knowledge is a powerful thing, it can empower a human to do great things. Even if those great things are in simple in our urban backyards. I want to share as much as I can with you, so you can then share with others and maybe we can make positive change happen.
I’ve you’re after a ‘foodie’ experience this is not for you. This is a workshop where you can pick up a skills set that has been lost in time. It’s not just about food. It’s about getting that food into your hands by being active and resourceful.
There are two types of accommodation available at the homestead (located 20 mins out of Ballarat, Victoria). The old estate house has been beautifully renovated and sleeps 5 couples very comfortably, everything is provided. The second option, the ‘glamping’ option is the old horse stables that we have converted into communal sleeping quarters. There are 11 single stalls with beds I’ve made from discarded transport pellets (heat treated). The glamping option requires you to bring you’re own sleeping bag and pillow. Lights out by 10pm, any funny business keeping, people up and I’ll personally boot you out.
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