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A curious person exploring all topics and ideas with challenging, uplifting and inspiring people. The Bush Goddess is passionate about Nature and how we must be able to un-learn and re-learn about what has sustained centuries of knowledge and perpetuity.
Learning through the tips of our fingers, the soles of our feet and the seat of the pants + experiential learning at its best.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Welcoming campers at Springview Eco-Farm

A small spring rivulet at Springview Eco-Farm
Spring is certainly springing and so are the (water) springs oozing, dripping, leaking and flowing almost over the entire farm after the wettest winter since 1956!
New aquatic ecosystems are emerging and plant species we haven't seen since we came in 2013, demonstrating the amazing seed-banks which lie dormant for sometimes years.
It is yet another layer of learning about the hydrology of this small area in the Flakeney Ranges south of Wagga Wagga, regarded as a unique area on the planet as a particular soil is found only in these humpy hills.

Wildflowers are bursting out everywhere, even behind the duck house in sheltered spots between fallen branches and decaying leaves. The numbers of lillys bursting forth is incredible and here, we see vanilla, chocolate, fringed and flax varieties. The area where they are growing this year has increased from last year which begs the question, for how long can they remain dormant?  I've read that chocolate lillys can survive for at least 70 years without flowering, as discovered in some old cemeteries which contain the remnants of white box grassy woodlands, a community of plants which co-exist.  When these communities are left undisturbed they function year-in and year-out. However, if disturbed by cultivation or heavy grazing, the chocolate lillys retreat until the conditions are again suitable for blooming.

When the ground dries out a bit (a $64,000 question at the moment as to when that will be) campers are welcome to experience this beautiful and rather unique property. As well as the extensive flora, fauna and fungi here, we are just five kilometres from the Livingstone National Park, regarded as an important habitat for many of the endemic plants, birds and animals of the eastern Riverina. 

This place is a photographer's dreamland with ever changing light from early morning to evening sunsets. There are many vantage points to capture views and horizons extending from the Snowy Mountains in the east to The Lion of the Plains (The Rock) in the west.

Photographing wildlife also is easy, especially kangaroos as they are often found in the garden! The garden immediately next to the house is quivering with the little 'twitterer' birds nesting in the jasmin, geraniums, native irises and eucalypts. I am constantly amazed at how such tiny little fluff-balls can have such loud voices, especially the blue wrens.

We grow happy paddock piggies here and, without exception, they love having their bellies scratched.  They welcome guests and enjoy the new smells each person has; remember, pigs' sensitive snouts and sniffing abilities are used to detect truffles and detect drugs in luggage at airports.
There always are piglets of all ages as we stage farrowings evenly throughout the year and - yes - baby piglets are the cutest critters of all!
Guests are welcome to see what and how we feed our healthy piggies and to participate in farm activities.  All dogs MUST be kept on leashes at all times; this is to ensure all animals are kept safe while here.
Food - glorious food is a specialty at Springview Eco-Farm and, each year, we are more self sufficient. We have planted dozens of fruit and nut trees, we have perennial fruits and even broccoli and cabbages have become producing year-round plants. Permaculture principles guide our decision making and activities including recognising and using the available resources; for us that includes the timber, soil, piggie-poo, rocks, water and sunshine to build, grow, maintain and increase our food growing capacities.

There is so much to do here - Springview Eco-Farm is a centre for learning through fingertips, soles of the feet and via our hearts.
Check out these videos about us :-)



Friday, September 2, 2016

Food and Words Festival: crunchy smooth tasty textural and hashy

Barbara Sweeney is a truly eloquent writer; read her words in Country Style magazine, view her blogs and smile at her pithy Tweets @bythefoodbook.  She also is the creative genius behind the annual Food and Words Festival on the 9th and 10th September at The Mint in Sydney.

Who else would have thought of a cool activity such as Speed Meeting with a Farmer with no holds barred questions? Throw in the launch of  The Field Guide to Australian Produce written by Ewan McEoin and accompanied by provenanced local foods, and you have a serious party in the making.

I am so honoured to be included in the line-up of stellar speakers (my true-blue food heroes and heroines) and giving my thoughts on The Big Picture in the segment after lunch, 'Meat and Three Veg'.

Other speakers include Richard Cornish, Laura Dalrymple, Andrew Hearne, Pepe Sayer and more here.

Emotions influence how we make decisions and, in the never-ending quest to see positive care and change for our ecosystems and landscapes, the ultimate responsibilities lie with customers.

Perhaps I am becoming jaded >> cynical >> tired >> frustrated >> pissed off >> cranky >> or bog ignorant about how to effect change more effectively abundantly and frequently, but so few people actually care about the decisions they make about the food choices they make. 

Example?  Here in Wagga I hear from friends, family and colleagues that they really are concerned about the plight of farmers - the crap prices they receive and how they'd really like to 'help' them (a la the recent immoral actions of Murray Goulburn and Fonterra to their suppliers). There was immediate action to shun the cheap milk and to buy branded products. 
HAH.....too late!  
The dairy farmers wouldn't benefit by a cent by these well-intended but misguided actions as the processors would receive the benefits from the extra sales, not the dairy farmers who sold their milk via contracts for a pittance, months ago.

It's not only dairy farmers  who are at the arse end of the value chain; cattle and sheep producers who sell through the auction system are at the mercy of price fluctuations.

Grain growers who sell to a single buyer are told what they will receive; negotiating a price?  Nope - not in this business model. 

Intensive pig growers have a ratio of (about) one human to 500+ pigs as labour is the most expensive component in their (hideous) production system. Their profit margin? $0.10c per kilogram; that equates to $5 per 50kg pig and how much do you pay for the cheapest bright-pink watery bacon....$7 per kg? Where is the remaining $6.90c per kg being 'made"?
Blantyre Farms at Young and Harden 'run' a 2,200 sow piggery plus cropping and sheep ventures. If one calculates that each of these sows has ten piglets per litter, are weaned at three weeks, re-joined (or artificially inseminated) a week later, that results in 2.5 litters each year for each sow. Therefore, there are thousands of weaners and growers in this Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO). So, we'd be safe calculating there are at least 25,000 pigs on this farm at any one time. Blantyre Farm's Edwina and Michael Beveridge proudly claim they employ 30 staff and, even if every one of them were engaged in the piggery, the ratio of human to pigs is 1:833 and they claim to provide sound animal welfare practices. 
Factory eggs and chicken meat are similar; these feathery friends are simply another machine to transform grains into eggs and flesh.

Care factor from consumers? Overall, pretty darn stinking low.  That's why the above production systems are still operating. That's why the above inhumane 'acceptable industry standards' are not amended overnight. After much squealing and complaining, factory pig growers well have to abolish the use of indescribably horrible sow-stalls by 2017 but this is because they have to, not want to.  
All this information is available in the public realm and provided by others, like me, who are attempting to make a difference in our worlds.

There is a vast difference between mouthing platitudes and walking your talk.  Even when I ask friends directly why they don't use a convenient, ethical system in which to buy directly from farmers, such as Riverina Providore, they become pink and shuffly, say they forget (even with newsletter and SMS reminders + Facebook and Twitter notifications), their mother-in-law is coming to stay or other such piss-weak excuses.

It's enough to cause many profanities, drive me to (more) drink and perhaps even take up professional writing.  The author of a 2014 article in B and T magazine on 'The Dawn of the Conscious Consumer' puts the pressure on retailers and processors to become more sustainable in their activities and operations. 

The authors of "Frugal Innovation:how to do more with less" provide a section on 'customers demand eco-friendly and healthy solutions'  -- 
According to the World Health Organisation, air pollution caused one in eight deaths worldwide in 2012. Indeed, research shows that 90% to 95% of new cancers are caused by lifestyle and environmental factors. mainly air pollution and chemicals in the food chain.
Y E T  :::::::::  the tipping point for ethically grown, nourishing foods is nowhere to be seen and may not be in my lifetime, I'm beginning to think.  The circles of concern are huge and the circle of influence is small, and doable, and I will, continue to lead by example, and commune with similarly minded people, who nourish my soul, and provide relief and hope that what we are doing at Springview Eco-Farm is important to someone.

 I trust some of the questions thrown at us during the Speed Meeting a Farmer will challenge, inspire and uplift both the questioner and persons in the hot-seats. If nothing else it will be a divine pleasure to fraternise with this tribe and pat each others backs as we re-gird our loins to continue the process of inspiring, educating and doing good in our respective realms.
     Students with happy paddock piggies at Springview Eco-Farm. August 2016          


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Visitors springing to Springview Eco-Farm

The body-clock is re-winding as the minutes of daylight increase ever so imperceptibly. 
After a long wet period over winter during which all dams overflowed - frequently - and the ephemeral creek is now flowing continuously, ecological changes advise the transition of one season into the next.

Already, tiny yellow-rumped thorn bills (Acanthiza chrysorrhoa) are twittering in their nest entwined amongst the tendrils of jasmin. A pair nested in the same location last year however I don't recall the hatching being quite so early - after all, it is still wintry August.

The almonds have already blossomed and the earlier variety has leaves pushing through. The peaches, nectarines and apricots are ready to burst but the grape buds are still snuggled in their sheaths.  The Tahitian lime and Eureka and Meyer lemons are bursting with blossoms and the fragrances will soon be wafting through the air.  The mulberry tree's fruits are lengthening every day and I remember last year, October was the prime time for harvesting the luscious fruit, leaving a sticky trail of purple juice down our chins.

The sky patterns are changing, too, and there is more colour in the evening and morning skies now. 

 The magpies and fairy wrens compete for first song honours of the day and it's almost impossible to keep snoozing with a divine cacophony outside the bedroom window. Adding to this symphony is Rufus, the grey shrike thrush (Colluricincla harmonica) who has literally been in our household for almost 12 months. Hatched in an old swallow's nest above the premier farrowing suite, this little hatchling wasn't much of a flier which wouldn't have been a problem except Queen Mama was due to have her babes any day.  She has cravings and we were concerned small birds may have been her top culinary priority so, this little nondescript grey bird came to the house and started dining on insects and crawling critters found in the garden.  Yes, it would have been amusing to observe a woman on her hands and knees, resplendent with tweezers, carefully capturing slaters, mealy worms, and earwigs...sometimes even a small centipede as a very special treat; all in the name of caring for another life.

Springview Eco-Farm is the most amazing place I have ever lived; the flora, fauna and fungi here are diverse, abundant and forever fascinating.  Through using Instagram (L O V E this app) and posting pics from here, the list of followers is amazing, including Sri Lankan Travel, Tourism Australia, Destination NSW, Riverina Regional Tourism and Wagga Tourism. As a result, we've been receiving enquiries from people wanting to visit and isn't this the perfect time of year to do so! Ahhhh - Spring is in the air - and ground - and trees - and water - and rocks - it is everywhere!

Tort and Tara: first Piggie Gig next week
Next week students studying agriculture from The Riverina Anglican College are coming for a farm tour to especially see paddock piggies, and learn about my Paddock$-to-Pocket$ business model for farmers.  The next day, our two little poddie princess piggies, Tort and Tara have their first Piggie Gig at a child care centre in Wagga and, on Friday, a group of keen foodies from Albury are coming for lunch and learning about native foods (in their lunch) and having a guided tour over the farm.

In September, the Wagga Permaculture Group are lunching here one Sunday and later in that week, 27 children aged between five and twelve are here for a day during the school holidays. They will meet the piggies (of course!), build cubbies, run through the long grass and help cook their own lunch with camp ovens and fires; this is experiential learning at its finest!

During October, the month-long Taste Riverina Festival, we have five workshops and Open Days here, every Sunday.  They are -

Growing and Using Native Produce on the 2nd October 

Springview Eco-Farm Open Day on the 9th and 30th October

Brewing Beer - hops 'n all on the 16th October and

Growing and Making Cider and Wine at home on the 23rd October

All events include feasts created from Bush Goddess Paddock Pork products and locally sourced seasonal, chemical and gmo-free foods to showcase the amazing range of products available in our mighty Riverina.  It is so easy to feast locally and please join us for one, some, or all of the events at Springview Eco-Farm during October.

If you would like to bring a group, hold a workshop, have a picnic in the bush, enjoy a guided walk to see the wildflowers, or host a poet's retreat, please call and we can make these gigs come to life, just as you imagine them.

Every group is exclusive so you receive our full attention and you will be filled with awe and wonder at the abundance of Nature in the four eco-systems on this 65ha property.

Please direct enquiries to pennie on 0427 44 11 07 or email bushgoddess(at)bigpond.com


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Bravo to Stacey Allen: Farmers and Foodies Market in Canberra - launched 22 April 2016

Oh, it is a brave and generous hearted person who takes up the challenge of envisioning then organising a weekly farmers market. If done by a committee, this structure has benefits and disadvantages as work-load is shared but making decisions in a timely manner is ponderous. 

Yes, I speak from experience after establishing EAT LOCAL THURSDAY farmers market Wagga in February 2014 and reflect with great pride on the achievements of maintaining this weekly event for more than two years, now.

Diverting almost $2million from supermarkets into the pockets of Growers and Makers of chemical and gmo-free produce and product from the Riverina and northern Victoria stands as the greatest source of pride. This is the potential and outcome of focusing on creating a local food economy.

Stacey Allen is the new brave champion behind the creation of the Farmers and Foodies market at The Old Bus Depot in Canberra each Friday afternoon from 3.00pm until 7.00pm and what a great event this is.

Traders at farmers markets are just a microcosm of society with its diversity of personalities, backgrounds, ethics and emotional intelligence.  Although the vast majority of Traders are self-employed and are seriously passionate about creating and growing seriously good food, their differing views of how a market should be run are often very passive aggressive, and can vary from bullying to outright threatening, as I have experienced.

Directing from the sidelines is a common Australian characteristic where 'commentators' provide uncalled for 'advice' on how things should be done.  Sadly, there seems to be a core group of Traders who believe all their views and ideas should be implemented immediately and they spend time at markets muttering to other Traders when they ought to be focusing on meeting and greeting their customers.  

These destabilisers are like apples with brown rot - all smiles and cheeriness on the outside but rotten and festering on the inside. They poison satisfied Traders with little snippets of dissatisfaction, accompanied by snide looks and behind-their-hands mutterings.  Oh yes, they are quick to tell each other of their cleverness that this, that and the other MUST be done to 'save the market' but are gutless about coming to the organiser and holding a respectful conversation.

As in society, there are people we prefer to keep company with and those we don't.  I have learned through creating and operating EAT LOCAL THURSDAY that appraising the products to ensure they fit with the chemical and gmo-free criteria is only half of what needs to be assessed.  Cultural fit is equally important and advice to any actual and potential organisers of farmers markets - have an extensive application form, interview in person, ask how each applicant deals with a challenge then vet very hard.

It is a pleasure to be a Trader at Farmers and Foodies Market each week, and not the organiser.  Stacey has created a thunderously good market in a great space yet, though we are now up to Week Six, she has received 'mutterings' from some Traders about how they want something else / better / more. 

Too many Traders believe all they need to do is bring their products to the market space then wait for them to sell.  WRONG.  If you are a Trader, you have to genuinely want to engage with your customers, be prepared to give things away, exhibit your spirit of abundance and spark off the dynamic energy in the overall market space.  Don't just sit behind your stall, reading your smartphone, and wishing you were somewhere else. Don't bother coming if this is the case.

Bush Goddess Paddock Pork is receiving gratifying complements from our growing band of customers with repeat business each week.  It is an honour for us to be part of the Farmers and Foodies Market and sincerely thank and congratulate Stacey on her vision and now, organising realities.

We are right behind you Stacey - you are a champion!

 Today, at Farmers and Foodies, we are bringing -
  • Nitrate and nitrite-free bacon, ham and speck
  • Iron bark smoked lamb / pork sausages (the healthy alternative to preservative-    ridden cabanossi and kabana creations) 
  • Roasting joints
  • Snags for the BBQ and making delicious pasta sauce :-)
  • Wiseman's Organic chickpeas and lentils
  • Bush Goddess desert dukkah
  • Paleo AmazeBalls (made this morning)
  • Happy Wombat freshly cracked Hazelnuts from Batlow 
  • A deep sense of gratitude and abundance :-)
Bring your friends and shopping bags from 3.00 until 7.00 this afternoon / evening at The Old Bus Depot on the Kingston foreshore in Canberra and join the merriment!



Saturday, May 7, 2016

Ruminations on moisture......

Yesterday evening the clouds formed one of the most unusual patterns we'd ever seen and the air also felt different - a slight chill and still.

Years ago, last century in fact, in March, 1984, we had endured years of dryness. During the preceding winter, the frosts had been brutal and, coupled with the  lack of atmospheric moisture, even the toughest of paddock trees were looking sickly.
However, one afternoon, the air felt different - heavy, fecund, expectant and all the other words associated with pregnancy and imminent birth. Perhaps this wasn't a coincidence as I was heavily pregnant with third child and gravity was pulling me down down down towards the ground. Heavy grey clouds had appeared on the horizons many times in the previous years but had yielded little, their mother lodes destined for other locations.

This time, though, the slaty grey, somnolent clouds had a different energy about them - almost indescribable but certainly perceptible. 

We were just north of the small country town, Deniliquin, on our small irrigation farm where we raised weaner Poll Shorthorn cattle and a few pigs. I recall standing at the veggie garden which was nourished by the rich piggie-poo when I noticed the clouds. Perhaps it was their rolling movement which attracted my attention......perhaps the barometric pressure had dropped so noticeably it caused a reaction. Perhaps the baby kicked which caused me to lean backwards so the cloud formation became obvious. Perhaps there was strong intuition that tonight, the rain would arrive and stay for days replenishing the dry soils, fill the small creeks, rehydrate the crackling dry air and refill the rain water tanks which had been dry for months.

I looked more closely at the plants in the veggie garden which had been watered with the town water supply for months now to note if they were behaving any differently. It was the sweet corn which provided the most obvious clue; all the plants were leaning towards the west, to the direction where the clouds were now piling on top of each other in a frenzy to deposit their watery contents first.

The potatoes were standing higher than that morning, the tomatoes were straining against their stakes and the bean tendrils were writhing. The pumpkin leaves were facing towards the west in anticipation of moisture rinsing the light coat of dust on their leaves.
Yes, this was going to be the night the drought would break......and, it was.

Last night, the 7th May 2016, when this unusual cloud pattern formed, again, the air was different.  During 2016, the rain has been little however, the plants have been giving signals this is not to be a dry season.  For the past 18 months, the Eucalypts in this area have continually been growing new tip foliage, very obvious by the ruby red colour. The Mugga Iron bark, red stringy-bark, white and grey box all have flowered regularly, a sure indication there is moisture coming.

Apiarists probably know more than anyone else what seasons are coming as they are out in country and with plants all the time as they move their bees across the landscapes, seeking flowering species.

Yes - we awoke at 0200 to one of the most beautiful noises - rain on the tin roof.  The sound continues and the water is gently running in small rivulets, through the native grasses and onwards into the creeks and eventually, the dams.

Over the past months, we have deliberately been giving the piggies their hay over a wide area of the paddocks so seeds from the clover flower heads will germinate and establish there. After a small shower of rain last weekend, the verdant green carpet of germinating plants is extensive. 

This rain will now provide further impetus for more of the seed bank within the soil to swell then send out that first little shoot proving that seeds will germinate strongly on the surface and don't need a 'fine tilth' in which to establish.

Time to put on another (dry) raincoat and head out to plant more veggie seedlings and broadcast wheat and oat seeds across the garden..........

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Competition or Abundance?

Let's start with a philosophical standpoint and this may challenge some ingrained beliefs!

What is it? This depends on YOUR belief.
There is only a certain amount 'to go 'round'.......of water, love, compassion, money, clean air, space, gifts, fuels, food.....the list can be endless.  
On the other hand, I believe we need to question and critically analyse the belief behind this 'scarcity' model.  If people think there is scarcity, their belief that this is so influences their behaviour so they want to have their share. Money (one form of currency) is the tool of entitlement and, if you've got plenty of it, you believe you have the right to use it to acquire whatever you want.  This is the platform of the (free) market economy which continues to be perpetuated through government legislations ("Free" Trade Agreements) advertising (television incomes rely on this) and sponsorship (sport is 'sponsored' by corporates to extend their commercial reach), just to name a few.

In short, competition is seen to provide the most efficient and cheapest outcomes for a range of issues, and this is based on Darwin's ill-quoted 'survival of the fittest'; either get big or get out.
Dominating market share is the end-goal and, as an example, Monsanto's incredible vision to control the world's seed supplies is breathtaking in its audacity and implementation.

The EAT LOCAL THURSDAY farmers market in Wagga is resuming on the 7th April.  Since our last farmers market on the 17th December, 2015, the Riverina Producers Market has commenced, with many of the EAT LOCAL THURSDAY Traders joining it.
Last week I was asked if having two markets on the same day, at around the same time, would be too competitive, and, to many, this might seem to be the case.  This is where the philosophical perspective can be applied :-)

On one hand, it may appear both markets are competing for the same customers, with the belief there is a limited number of people, in and around Wagga, who choose to buy their foods directly from the Growers and Makers. This is the scarcity mentality.

Based on the past two years of EAT LOCAL THURSDAY farmers market Wagga trading, the number of people in that Facebook page community (now 2,957) and more than 900 sign-ups for the weekly newsletter and the people shopping with their feet, and, even if all these people lived in Wagga and surrounding districts, this number totals about six per cent of this city's population. (Please note that within a 100 kilometre radius, the population is estimated to be around 200,000 people

So, in reality, only a minuscule proportion of the population is actually engaging with our local farmers markets. For me, this represents a huge opportunity to raise the awareness of these weekly events plus provide the ultimate customer service by having a choice as to where they can buy directly from the Makers and Growers. 

In preparing for the resumption of EAT LOCAL THURSDAY farmers market, we have met new Growers and Makers who are excited to join this movement. Growing their chemical and gmo-free produce for customers who want to buy it directly from them is now a reality as we combine our respective energies to produce a diverse abundance of nourishing foods for fair financial rewards. This is the model which keeps farmers growing (more) food, thus resulting in local food security and sovereignty.

While EAT LOCAL THURSDAY has been 'resting' the most important outcome has been a weekly trading opportunity for Traders, namely at the Riverina Producers Market.  As far as I am aware, this market will continue into the future.

Neither the Riverina Producers Market of the EAT LOCAL THURSDAY farmers market are competing for Traders; what is happening is that MORE Growers and Makers now have the opportunity to have direct contact with discerning and food-literate customers. There always is a choice in every situation and this is another.

We operate in the Abundance mentality and believe we can raise the awareness of buying directly from Growers and Makers so that, by the middle of this year, we have ten per cent of people participating in our local food economy.

By the end of 2015, more than $2 million had been traded through EAT LOCAL THURSDAY farmers market. This money went back to 16 smaller towns across the Riverina and northern Victoria and was spent in these local economies, thus keeping their viability alive.However, $2 million is a tiny percentage of the estimated $250+ million traded through 12 supermarkets in Wagga with the stark reality of only around 15% of that turnover actually staying in town.

My vision is to have ten per cent of that huge turnover staying in this town / region. Now, how would an extra $25 million look for our farmers and secondary processing sector?  

Local food security is not the responsibility of government; in the event of shit hitting the fan and there are large power outages, the supply of fuel is disrupted, electronic banking breaks down or floods prevent the movement of people and goods to and from the area, WHERE will YOU get your food?

Get to know the people who grow your food and keep them close; you never know when you may need them!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bush Goddess Paddock Pork with Community Supported Agriculture

Community Supported Agriculture is a membership model that helps farmers share the risk with their customers when there are unexpected increases or decreases in supply, and to manage our herd with known demand. It also helps connect eaters to our farm and expands knowledge of food production from ground level.
Bush Goddess Paddock Pork now offers you a guaranteed monthly amount of our sunshine enriched paddock pork via this system.

The range of cuts and products in the monthly order can include -
roasting cuts
pork mince
braising joints
Nitrate / nitrite-free ham

nitrate / nitrite-free bacon
nitrate / nitrite-free ham
smoked pork sausages
pork chops

rustic pork terrine

All cuts are cryovacced, weighed and labelled.

Kg / month
$ / month
$ / bi-annually
$ / annually
¾ pig share
$85 = $28.50’kg
$490 = $27.20’kg
$910 = $25.30’kg
1.5 pig share
$140 = $28’kg
$799 = $26.60’kg
$1,510 = $25.20’kg
2.5 pigs share
$210 = $26.25’kg
$1,150 = $23.95’kg
$2,200 = $22.90’kg
 3 pig share
$245 - $24.50'kg
 $1,350 = $22.50'kg
$2,450 = $20.50'kg

Once you’ve calculated how much meat your household consumes each month, you can order the amount of Bush Goddess Paddock Pork desired to suit your needs in either three, five, eight or ten kilogram boxes;

This amount is guaranteed and will consist of the usual variety of cuts cryovacced, labeled and ready for the freezer; roasts; mince; chops; joints for braising; sausages; and nitrite / nitrate-free bacon and ham, rustic pork terrine and smoked pork sausages. You can nominate specific products, noting that the terrine and smoked sausages are higher in price due to the extra time and love devoted to create them;

The price includes delivery to Canberra on the first Monday of each month, and Wagga Wagga on the third Monday of each month. Pick-up locations will be advised;

The options are all offered on a six- or 12-month subscription, payable monthly, bi-annually or annually in advance, with discounts for the bi-annual or annual payments.

Six months is the minimum commitment we require for our planning purposes.
Should you be away for an extended time, there is the option to suspend your share until your return – a month’s notice is required.

Please email pennie at bushgoddess@bigpond.com for an order form and we look forward to becoming part of your delicious and ethical life :-)

Spectacular skyscapes at Springview Eco-Farm
An open invitation is extended to all our subscriber members to come and stay at Springview Eco-Farm to meet our happy paddock piggies and become more connected with our planet, and ethically grown and lovingly hand-reared pork.

We hold an specific event each season to honour and celebrate this wondrous place in which we are privileged to live and hope you can join us.

Thank you for making a choice for the wellbeing of pigs, and the care of our planet Earth.