On the edge of the Monaro, Opportunity Farm is our opportunity to live, raise our children and share a more sustainable life.
With our retro-fitted 1941 farmhouse, solar power, tank water, livestock for meat, eggs, milk and fibre and fresh garden vegetables and fruit, our ultimate aim as teachers, is to invite others, particularly children, to breathe fresh air, engage with farm animals and learn hands-on where their food and fibre comes from.
With a long series of intense frosts and the least light of any time of year Spring seems a long way off. But there are some signs that the tide of dark is about to turn:
One of the flocks of chickens have stopped moulting and started to lay eggs again.
The early garlic is sprouting
The first asparagus is up before all last year's shoots have died off.
There are still many weeks until we can really notice the increase in light and months before the heater will slow down its consumption of wood but seeing some growth emerging from the ground is always a good reminder that light follows dark in an endless cycle of life. It's good to be alive.