Why did we settle on looking after Australian Heritage Angora Goats? Simple – they are a very rare and threatened species. We are trying preserve their genetic profile as true to the original as we can. Please see the history page for more about the origins of these wonderful little goats.
We consider maintaining their gene pool to be a part of helping to maintain the biodiversity of this fantastic world we have been given to live in. We now have a number bucks and does that have grey fleece to varying extents. This has occurred naturally. 2 are grey totally.
As mentioned our cider apple trees are heritage varieties. Many of our other apples are also heritage varieties. One dating from 1570. When all are fruiting we will have fresh apples for over half the year. As well, we have great tasting fruit. They really have flavour and juice – unlike much of the fruit which is grown to look so good and keep on the supermarket shelf, but has all the real flavour bred out.
Other fruits and nuts which we grow on our property include citrus, persimmons, peaches, avocadoes, babacos, plums, berries, almonds and walnuts. We haven’t bought any fruit for 3 years.
Birds are important for insect control and pollination. We have many species.
Most of our vegetables come from our veggie patch. We make our own sauces, chutneys and jams. In 2015 we have bottled light and dark plum and blackberry wine. We have some hard lemonade bottled as well. Something different and a bit of fun. Our eggs and milk come from our chooks and our 3 dairy goats. We make our own goat cheese. Our goat milk and olive oil soap is smooth with a soft lather. The olive oil comes from a local olive grove farmer.
Our aim is to be as self sufficient as we can and to join with others in our local community for all to do so. When we have to buy food we do this direct from smaller local producers as much as we can.
We seek to encourage biodiversity, live simply, tread gently and support our community.