Time seems to run at a different pace at Big Bluff. That may be because there are parts of the farm where you are unconnected from any wifi or mobile signal. Such a rare thing for many people.
The days here seem longer but simultaneously easier. Things get done, but there is no rush to get things done. We work from dawn till dusk, but work is fun and interesting.
The first time we saw Big Bluff, we knew it was right. It was an immediate response to the light and the land. It was the atmosphere and how it made us feel. We wanted to make it work. It has good cell grazing and improved pasture. It has good dams and a picture perfect creek. It has four seasons, meaning I can have a garden I have always dreamed of. It has good rainfall and green, green grass.
We have lived here now for four months. There hasn’t been any sense of urgency to unpack our container of things moved from the last farm. Not having all my things has allowed me to really start with a clean slate and learn what I have needed to learn: To fill my mind with new information and new possibilities instead of bringing all the old burdens with me.
We are learning about where the sun comes up and down through the seasons, and at what time. How the temperature changes, and how the grass grows. We are learning what the cattle need, and what needs to be done when. We can feel the stress drop away. It is such a peaceful place: the only sounds are birdsong, wind and water, and the occasional low of cattle. There is a great deal we don’t know yet, but we are up for the challenge. We will learn by doing and by opening up our business to others for advice and for sharing.
We feel we have a responsibility to take this landscape and work with it to make it better. It already has life from it’s natural beauty and the history of the reclaimed things that are so much a part of the place. But it also has so much potential for sharing: farm stays, direct marketing of our produce, spreading the good news story of farming.
Flying over Eastern Australia you really get a sense of how agriculture shapes the landscape. Therefore it is vitally important that farmers are stewards of the land. But that’s a stilted word. It sounds foreign and sterile. Why not just say we are carers? That sound warmer, and much closer to what we do. We care for the land to produce a product to eat, in a place that we want to live and share with others. We are now the carers of Big Bluff, and can’t wait to share it all.