Our smallest farm residents have the biggest impact. Our microorganisms are the movers and shakers behind nutrient cycling in our soils. They chew through any waste from our local supermarket that the animals leave, plus woodchip and manure to produce beautiful compost. This is a Johnson-Su pile.
Our girls are the mainstay of Honeyvale Farm, which includes offsite apiaries. While out on the job pollinating flowers in local market gardens and orchards they turn nectar into honey and wax. These girls are mostly Italian European honeybees.
Our Aussie Settler cross geese have big personalities. They are rotationally grazed on pasture and enjoy the greenery that would otherwise be waste from our local supermarket. Gosling season is here, with adorable yellow puff balls stumbling about! Some little tackers needed a helping hand to get started.
Our favourite time of year is when we have new chicks! Our flock are rotationally grazed on veggie beds and enjoy the fruit and veg that would otherwise be waste from our local supermarket. Watermelon is the favourite treat for these happy hens. Our free range hens are a motley mix of Sussex and Australorp.
These quiet and unassuming wrigglers love to munch up anything the bigger beings don't eat, turning it into nutritious castings. We add them to our Johnson-Su compost once it cools down.
Petra and her daughter Matilda look down their noses at smaller farm animals, but they won't say no to a free carrot and a scratch behind the ears. Petra is a Waler and Matilda is a Waler cross Quarter Horse.
These lovely girls live here with Bully the Jersey bull when they are not earning their keep at the local dairy. They are beautiful gentle souls except when they find out that the electric fence is down on the orchard before we do.
These noisy girls love a good squealy chat, a few rockmelons for smoko and some nice squishy mud to laze around in. They love all the bread, fruit and veg left over from the local supermarket.
Who knew ISA browns would go broody? 2 proud mums with chicks