Humble Beginnings...

by Desley Bailey

We have just had a BUMPER week! Our biggest ever! It is hard to believe that only a few weeks ago we were struggling to find enough vege to take to market!  Sometimes it is good to reflect on where we started and how far we have come. Not for prides sake, but for encouragement, and to acknowledge those who have helped along the way! Today's email is just a couple of pictures from the start of our journey till now, and a reminder not to despise humble beginnings. Thanks for yo...

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Veggies for our City Friends

by Desley Bailey

Have you all had a look at the Port Macquarie Food Hub? It was established to help local producers like ourselves sell our products after losing our cafe & restaurant customers during the Covid-19 shut down.  Initially the Hub serviced only our local area, but as of late April, it began delivering into Newcastle and Sydney on a fornightly basis. So, if you have any 'city friends' that might be interested in receiving our veggies or other products...

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Sorry I'm Late!

by Desley Bailey

Some weeks seem to go quicker than others and for me this week has been one of those weeks.  One way I know you are also busy is because most weeks I get emails or text messages from one or more of you hoping to place a late order or someone at the market tells me they missed the order cut off time. So, I am offering to send out a group text message on Sunday afternoon/evening as a reminder that orders are due. I don't want to send the message to...

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Little Toot

by Desley Bailey

Today I watched our comparitively small tractor (Little Toot) pull a large, loaded semi through a bog. Impressive... Have you ever been tempted to compare yourself, or your family, or your job, or your business with someone else? Ever found yourself feeling inadequate or insignificant? Like our tractor, you play a vital role in your sphere. Never underestimate that role!

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Transformation

by Desley Bailey

Defn: (noun) a marked change in form, nature or appearance Our garden has gone through a transformation over the past couple of weeks. From a watery, weedy "swamp" of rotting plants to an orderly, clean garden of new healthy seedlings basking in the warm sun of perfect autumn days. It's amazing what some dry weather and a few extra hands can do - and not just for the garden! Our minds have also changed. It can be discouraging looking at a watery weedy swam...

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Seedlings anyone?

by Rod Bailey

Every second Wednesday I plant thousands of seeds into seedling trays. It is one of my most productive activities, an aspect of gardening that I really like, and a key to having a continual supply of veggies coming out of the garden. Maybe you have been planting some seeds recently? My contacts in the seed business tell me that seeds have been flying off their shelves at about the same rate as toilet paper in Woolies - and maybe you have contributed to that demand? If so, good onya, and ...

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Making Do

by Desley Bailey

My Mum and Dad knew how to 'make do'. Times were tough trying to make ends meet with five kids going to private school. So we all learnt to 'make do'. Only two new sets of clothes per year - one mid year, and one as a Christmas present. Generally they were homemade, including homemade swimmers! Yep, that's me above! Ugh! So embarrassing! Instead of buying erasers or glue to use at home, a piece of brown bread squished into a ball worked&nbs...

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"Waste Not, Want Not"

by Desley Bailey

I remember my Mum saying this to me when I wanted to open a new jar of peanut butter without scraping out the old one, or when I wanted to spend my meager savings on some bubble gum, or when I wanted to peel off the outer leaves of the lettuce to get to the 'white' ones that I thought tasted better. I guess I got the message. This week we have been pulling out old basil bushes and rather than toss it all the the compost, I have had everyone pulling off the good leaves so tha...

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Whoops, I’m Late!

by Desley Bailey

Apologies for being late!  This week I found myself back in the classroom (yes, I am a teacher) and my week quickly disappeared from in front of me.  Not a lot has changed in our garden, but a couple of sunny days has allowed the soil to start drying out, and allowed us to get in, prepare some beds, and get some seedlings in the ground. We are looking up, and looking forward...

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My Inspiration

by Desley Bailey

2020 has not started well for us or our garden. Intense heat making work in the garden exhausting, copious amounts of rain destroying 90% of our crops but fuelling the weeds, an explosion of mildew from crops being wet for so long, and most recently the loss of Rod's father. I have to confess, I have asked the questions, "Why are we doing this? Is now, when everything is such a mess, a good time to quit and do something else?" Reasonable questions at such ...

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