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I am what I eat, you are what I feed you.
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    With eyes still itching from the sobbing episode evoked by today’s delivery of a Notice to Vacate by mid-April, I’m ready to write about why this unjust event is a Very Good Thing. Dad always taught us to make lemonade with lemons, so here’s the recipe. First, a note on being evicted. This is our […]

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    Less than three months ago, I wrote about our Notice to Vacate and how it galvanised us to action. Farmers we would be. Well guess what, dear readers? We found a farm! It’s a beautiful 69 acres just west of Daylesford with an ordinary little 3-bedroom house on it. We’re putting all our worldly goods […]

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  • 09/30/11--10:48: Welcome to Jonai Farms!
  • As regular readers are well aware, now we are farmers. And so Jonai Farms must have its own website, of course, where I’ve decided to blog our adventures in farming. It will be interesting learning which blog is for which post, and occasionally I will simply cross post. So for those interested in all things […]

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    ‘How does it feel to be a farmer’s wife?’ ‘It feels great TO BE A FARMER, and ah, I dunno, I’ve been married to Stuart for a bajillion years – feels kinda the same as always to be his wife.’ *** ‘I’ll go ask Stuart where to plant this,’ our helper for the day says […]

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  • 01/04/13--19:30: 2013: Our Meat is Real
  • In 2010 it was sourdough. This year it’s meat. My journey into the world of breadmaking resulted in a life of no bought bread, and I anticipate this year’s meat venture will do the same. In short, if we haven’t raised or caught the meat ourselves, we won’t be eating it at home. As those […]

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      A decadent staple brekky in our global repertoire of extravagance is bacon & eggs, biscuits & gravy. My Dad is from Alabama, and taught my Mama (from Oregon) to make this when they were first together, then pretty much never cooked anything ever again, except a mean barbecue. In Australia, when I say ‘biscuits […]

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  • 03/24/13--23:38: Lovin’ the laksa
  • You’ll recall that this is the year our meat is real – where we only eat meat from animals we’ve grown ourselves here on the farm. As the first quarter of the year is nearly past, I figured this was a great time to share a vegetarian recipe, as for the first six weeks of […]

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    ‘What’s this bit then?’ asked Bron. ‘Err, brisket? No, blade!’ I hazard to guess after scrutinising the MLA cut poster for the 107th time. This was on Saturday. By Monday, I was naming unidentified cuts ‘pirate fillet’. So. Much. Beef. As you’ll recall, this year we’re only eating our own meat here on the farm, […]

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    This was originally posted on our farm blog, The Hedonist Life, but is part of the broader discussion I try to host here on food ethics. *** In response to last week’s spot on Radio National Bush Telegraph, we had a lot of negative reaction online from people who don’t agree with eating meat. So a […]

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  • 08/25/13--01:13: Ethics of Scale
  • The following is what I had planned to say at last week’s Fair Food Future event at Fed Square, and while I may have deviated from the text, I think I managed to cover the key points below. A big thanks to the Locavore Edition and the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance for hosting this event […]

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    Eight years and still no degree. Eight years, hundreds of texts, thousands of words, millilitres of tears, a handful of original ideas, hundreds of friends (made and lost), and so many poems – and still no degree. Eight years, six good jobs, leadership of first a campus and then the national postgraduate association, where I […]

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    Note: the following is cross-posted from our farm blog The Hedonist Life Last year 166 wonderful people believed in us enough to support our Pozible campaign to build our own butcher’s shop right here on the farm. We raised $27,570 in 40 days, and six months later we were open for business! We’ve delivered over […]

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    The debate is raging once again around animal welfare activists trespassing on private property to obtain footage of conditions in intensive livestock farming. The activists’ stated aim is to expose what they believe are unconscionable practices in the rearing of animals. It seems the debate recently was re-ignited by a column by a celebrity personal […]

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    I’ve already expressed my opposition to any proposed ag gag laws and related desire for more transparency, so today I’m going to be brief and blunt as I extend it. Intensive livestock farming needs to stop. Here are a few reasons why: it concentrates effluence, leading to water, air and soil pollution as well as loss […]

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    When we promote ‘fair food’, ‘ethical farming’ or even the more watered-down ‘sustainable farming’, are we ergo suggesting some systems are not fair, ethical, or sustainable? Of course we are. Food that is produced by a farmer who cannot earn a living even though she does it full time is not fair. The number of […]

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    ‘Bone stocks, pâté de tête, rillettes, and of course I want to render lard…’ I listed the products for The Auditor that I was planning to make once the new commercial kitchen was approved. ‘Oh, yes, I have a few butchers who want to render lard. You have to do clostridium testing, you know,’ she … Continue reading The Regulation Diaries (4): PrimeSafe’s War on Fat

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    [This was originally posted over on our farm blog – The Farmer & the Butcher] My interest in community-supported agriculture started in early 2000 as an eater in search of local, organic vegetables for my dear little family of three, soon to be pregnant with the fourth of ultimately five Jonai. We were living in … Continue reading Community-supported agriculture at Jonai Farms

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    This is a cross post from the Jonai Farms blog: The Farmer & the Butcher, originally entitled ‘Feed: Weaning ourselves off industrial grain‘.  I’ve spent the better part of what will soon be (gasp!) three decades worrying about the ills of industrial animal agriculture, and most of today gathering some of the relevant stats around … Continue reading Feeding livestock & weaning farmers off industrial grain