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 and care for. We now have a number of bucks and does that have grey fleece to varying extents. This has occurred naturally. 1 doe is grey totally. She was born black. Now she has partly softened to a silvery grey/black.
As mentioned our cider apple trees are heritage varieties. Many of our other apples are also heritage varieties. One dating from 1570. They are all fruiting and we 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 good, be transported 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, pears, avocadoes, babacos, sapotes, plums, kiwi fruit, berries, almonds, hazzlenuts, chestnuts and walnuts. We haven’t bought any fruit for 5 years. We preserve and dehydtrate a lot of fruit to use throughout the year. Dried fruit is mostly in fruitloaf sourdough.
Birds are important for insect control and pollination. We have many species.
Much of our vegetables come from our veggie patch. We make our own sauces, chutneys and jams. In 2015 we bottled light and dark plum and blackberry wine. We brew our own cider. We have some hard lemonade bottled as well. Something different and a bit of fun. It is really nice at the end of a hot day. Our eggs and milk come from our chooks and our 3 dairy goats. We make our own unpasteurised milk goat cheese.
We now have 2 bee hives, hoping to have honey from them next season. Prior to this we leased a couple of hives, but the operator went bust. We do still have some of the honey we obtained from this.
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. Almost all of our meat comes through CSA and the Prom Coast Food Collective.
We seek to practice and encourage biodiversity, live simply, tread gently and support our community.