Hi from Western Australia

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Lowden Ridge, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. Lowden Ridge

    Lowden Ridge Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2013
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Donnybrook Western Australia
    Hi all....I am a reasonably new member to this site and interested in reading other peoples experiences in setting out to become self sufficient. We have been tinkering around the edges for a long time with a 3 acre plot close to Perth where I have a large orchard, vegie patches, chickens, geese and ducks but both of us have had full time jobs until now so have not been able to put as much time as we would like into it - but the plan is to set ourselves up on a proper little farm outside of the city where we can keep other larger livestock such as - cattle, sheep, pigs and either a milking goat or a jersey cow (I have also done a couple of cheesemaking courses)

    Now finally we are almost ready -Last year we bought 100 acres in Donnybrook which is in the south west of West Australia and are slowly working towards realising our dream of becoming completely self sufficient. We have not moved there permanently as yet but I have quit my job and I will be in the next few weeks. so exciting.

    The farm currently has 150+ olive trees from which we have taken our first harvest and have had processed and now have 300lt extra virgin olive oil. We also have 12 beef steers that have been fattening up over the last 12 months. I have already moved a dozen geese down to the farm as we have a massive dam where they can look after themselves when we are not there and I have built some breeding pens for them to use to nest safely away from foxes. Next up I need to build some fox proof enclosures for the chooks and ducks and start working on the veggie patches and fruit trees.

    I hope to be able to sell products from the farm at local markets, boutique gourmet shops and I will also be setting up an online shop.

    A lot of work to do but I am looking forward to realising a dream come true and sharing my experiences as I progress
    Website image 1.png
    view over the dam.jpg Cows.jpg
     
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2013
    • Love it! Love it! x 1
  2. Mark

    Mark Founder Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 27, 2012
    Messages:
    4,774
    Likes Received:
    1,153
    Location:
    Bellmere, QLD
    Climate:
    Sub-Tropical
    Wow! They are gorgeous pics - I'm just looking and dreaming...

    An olive grove next to a large dam what a bonus and green fields to the horizon no wonder the steers look great. Seems like the perfect property to me!

    There's definitely a move (more than ever) towards people seeking boutique products where they can identify where the produce was grown so best of luck with your producing and marketing. I like your logo BTW.

    Yes, it sure is lots of hard work fox proofing, planting, building garden beds, so much to do... even for a small block let alone 100 acres, but what good work it is - I could think of nothing more satisfying and fun. Congratulations :cheers:
     
  3. Lowden Ridge

    Lowden Ridge Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2013
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Donnybrook Western Australia
    thanks Mark ...by the way I forgot to mention my name is Carolyn
     
    • Like Like x 1
  4. Steve

    Steve Valued Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2013
    Messages:
    670
    Likes Received:
    253
    Location:
    Brisbane Australia
    Wow, what an inspiration.
    Looking forward to reading more about your farm. It honestly sounds like a dream come true.
    Best of luck Carolyn.
     
  5. Scott Mac

    Scott Mac Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2013
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    26
    Location:
    South Coast, NSW, Australia
    On three acres, wow, that's a massive effort. those paddocks look lush.

    Nice to meet you Carolyn
     
  6. Lowden Ridge

    Lowden Ridge Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2013
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Donnybrook Western Australia
    and you too Scott
     
  7. armysnail

    armysnail Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2013
    Messages:
    87
    Likes Received:
    23
    Hi Carolyn. Your Donnybrook looks greener than my Donnybrook. My only advantage is the land is flat and it's 200m to some great fishing in Pumicestone Passage.
     
  8. Lowden Ridge

    Lowden Ridge Well-Known Member Premium Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2013
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    3
    Location:
    Donnybrook Western Australia
    Nice...we are about 20 minute drive to the ocean but we do have marron and yabbies in the dam....
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
Loading...

Share This Page