Fat Carrot Farm

Jun 21, 2015

Fat Carrot Farm. They’re hardworking, cruisy, highly intelligent folk who have amazing attention to detail, skills to burn, good taste in music and a really good coffee machine. Our kind of people. IMG_3672 These guys moved here around 15 years ago, built a house, had two kids, started a market garden, built a boat while holding down their highly skilled town jobs. They’re so cool, they were growing kale 15 years ago… But no one knew what it was so it wasn’t appreciated. You’ll be happy to know they’re growing it again and people love it. IMG_3655 When I tracked them down, Stan stressed that it wasn’t a ‘permaculture’ farm, rather a collection of approaches was used to make this property work for them. However he also said he’s read most of the key permaculture books back to front and it shows. Things are in the right place, nutrients are cycled and stuff is cranking. In fact it’s more permaculture than some properties I’ve seen that call themselves permaculture… IMG_3677 Their market garden is overflowing with crops which they supply to local community group – Channel Living and sell from their farm shop throughout the week.  Being winter, a good portion of the garden is under mixed green manure crops, giving the soil some love so it can crank in spring/summer time. IMG_3625 IMG_3627

IMG_3620Stan checking on his chilli plants being kept warm with a mini hot house – simple and so so effective

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Some of the things that we really loved included their array of fencing to keep out the local wildlife – like this hardcore corrugated iron fence…

IMG_3640 And this somewhat elegant floppy fence which works incredibly well… IMG_3630 And their house. Oh their house – we want one! It’s picture perfect, super energy efficient, uses local materials and is incredibly comfortable and beautiful. They built it on their weekends over three years, with two young kids – amazing. IMG_3633 And in its own special way the house is integrated into the garden.  To catch some of the troublesome black birds they set a trap of crab apples and a cage propped up on a stake. See that blue bailing twine? One end is tied to the stake and the other end is tied to their bed, meaning in the morning that can wake up check to see if any black birds are feasting on the crab apples and simply pull the bailing twine which removes the stake propping up the cage. Genius…. And very permaculture’esk. IMG_3638 Their farm shop is flanked with vegies, seed saving, a much loved pizza oven and cute signs courtesy of a previous wwoofer. IMG_3664 IMG_3665 IMG_3666 IMG_3668 IMG_3669 Finally, they have beer coasters as their business cards. We love them for that. IMG_3684

IMG_3634Our tired Frida destroying some home grown brocolli

When you’re in the early days of your ‘journey’ in setting up a home like we are, it’s bloody heartening and refreshing to meet people who have already done the hard yards in setting up a cranking property. We came home inspired and with the reminder that we’ll get there, everything’s going to work out and that yes, it takes years. Healthy reminders indeed.]]>

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6 Comments

  1. fraser

    BEER COASTER BUSINESS CARDS!!!! I’m reeling…

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    • Hannah Moloney

      I know! Reckon this will catch on super quickly 🙂

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  2. joanne

    I love Stan and Briony and what they do on their farm. Such beautiful people and amazing produce. We use their produce at the cafe here on Bruny Island and loved having their daughter work for us. Thanks for a lovely blog post to read for more inpiration. I know what you mean when you look outisde and see what needs to be done but it will all work out in perfect time. Thanks guys. xx

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  3. Cara

    Bloody brilliant! PS I dragged Fin away from his morning cooking adventures to show him Fridas jumper! It was well worth it.

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  4. yani armbruster

    Wow what a beautiful property! So much work put in. . And yes it takes years! Nice to see a photo of another strawbale house to

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