Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Do we value farming?

I’ve just bought an eighth of a cow from a farmer on the Liverpool Plains. It was delivered direct to our door in Sydney in clearly labelled pre-packed bags, ready to drop straight into the freezer.


There was no mess, no fuss and no doubt about the provenance of the meat. I may be a vegetarian but Clyde and Maggie aren’t. I like to know what they’re eating.

And here’s the kind of thing you can buy at farmer’s markets. I visited the EPIC markets in Canberra last weekend and I bought luscious black garlic – Bredbo Black – fermented until it turns into a rich, sweet jelly bean of flavour. It’s unlike anything you’ll ever buy in a supermarket.

That t-bone should taste incredible with a sprinkle of black garlic salt.


Maggie appreciated the bag of bones

Maggie appreciated the bag of bones

The Conscious Farmer has plenty to say about the health benefits of grass-fed, chemical-free beef and he’s passionate about the work he and his family put into caring for their land and their animals. Many other farmers feel the same way. Organic farming is growing at a rate of 20 percent a year.

Derek, Kirrily and the kids at home on the farm

Derek, Kirrily and the kids at home on the farm

Australia is such a vast country that those of us who live in cities rarely get to meet the people who grow, breed and raise our food.

Australian Farming Families was written in part to try and address that.Australian Farming Families FINAL CVR copy

The Rural Women’s Network wants to know what you think about Australian farmers. Do you value them? Are they important to you? The RWN is conducting a survey to find out more and you’d be doing them a great service if you could complete this short questionnaire.

If you don’t live in Australia I’d still love to know what you think.

Do you ever buy food direct from a farmer?






6 comments on “Do we value farming?

  1. monsoonwendy
    February 4, 2016

    As you know Deb, we are so lucky here in Canberra to have access to food directly from farmers at our EPIC markets every Saturday. We can chat with growers and producers and learn about seasonal eating. They get to sell produce without the cut from the middleman and it is just a more mindful abad fun experience all round!


    • debhuntwasinbrokenhill
      February 4, 2016

      Oh yes! I’m going to add in something about the markets in Canberra right now. Thanks for reminding me 🙂


  2. Eliza Waters
    February 5, 2016

    We’re blessed to live in a rural area in a valley that is fertile with many farmers, with an increasing number becoming organic. We belong to a community-supported, organic and horse powered farm. A truly lovely family that we feel honored to support. Although they operate only in the growing season, they offer their meat year round, which often sells out. There are year round CSAs, too, but we have yet to join one. Fresh, local food does taste better!


  3. debhuntwasinbrokenhill
    February 5, 2016

    What a wonderful picture you paint with that description of your home Eliza, I wish I could visit!


  4. helen meikle's scribblefest
    February 5, 2016

    Grew up in Armidale with unlimited access to the UNE experimental farm. I’ve done the survey!


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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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