Farm reports: Extraordinary Pork
Here's Michael Hicks from Extraordinary Pork near Dubbo, NSW, reporting on conditions at the farm. Apparently the pigs are having a bit of trouble with the Covid-19 physical isolation laws. (Check out the galloping pigs in the background.)
We've been buying Extraordinary Pork's pastured pork since February 2016 and it's wonderful to see the transformation produced by recent rains since we last visited in September 2019.
This is what it looked like then.
This is what it looks like now.
Why Farm Reports?
The necessary Covid isolation regime has successfully reduced the infection curve but it's also increased the sense of distance most of us already have from the sources of our food. So, after the rollercoaster of drought, fires, flood and pandemic over the last six months, we felt it was high time for all of us to re-connect with the farmers whose produce we enjoy each week. We can't go to farms at the moment so we've asked them all to do a show and tell video so we can see what's happening on the ground.
So far, we've received reports from Working With Nature near Guyra, Farmer Brown Eggs near Spicers Creek, Gundooee Organic Wagyu near Leadville and Grassland Poultry near Wellington - all in NSW.
When we visited these farms in August and September last year, after three years of drought, everything was parched and dusty and even the most stalwart characters were clearly very anxious. This year almost everyone has had some rain and it's wonderful to see green pastures and full dams and cheerful, relieved farmers celebrating the reprieve.
We'll keep bringing you these reports as they come to hand.