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“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
Hippocrates
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Sohip Farmer Updates

Here is where we share our journey, our mission and our passion as a family owned small-scale regenerative farm in Lorne, NSW, Australia

Local Organic, Regenerative and Ethical Meat - Better for You, Better for the Animal

Local Organic, Regenerative and Ethical Meat - Better for You, Better for the Animal

I'm going to have a rant this week! So here I am driving around the mid north coast delivering your fruit and veg boxes while listening to the ABC radio. The radio host announces a report by chief vet, Alex Brittan, allegeing Greyhound Racing NSW was underreporting dog deaths and overlooking animal welfare violations. It was another scathing report into greyhound racing in New South Wales which has prompted the peak body’s CEO to resign and forced the state government to open an inquiry and threaten to sack the board.

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It's a Difficult Time of Year to Receive So Much Wet Weather

It's a Difficult Time of Year to Receive So Much Wet Weather

The cold wet winter ground takes so long to dry out and all you need is a brief shower to restart the drying process all over again. Often this means cultivating and planting in wet soil which is quite damaging to the soils ecosystem. As oxygen is introduced to the soil through cultivation, the abundant moisture combines to set the biological house on fire (microbes need oxygen, moisture and food to explode their population beyond our comprehension) which leads quickly to the devouring of organic matter in the soil...
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Cover Crops Deserve WAY More Hype!

Cover Crops Deserve WAY More Hype!

A few years ago now, we had a serious disease problem with our lettuce crops, they just kept dying all of a sudden, right before harvest. We ended up getting samples sent off to get tested but were told it was a virus in the soil. An old farmer then told me that whenever the soil becomes diseased, you should grow root crops to change the diversity of microbes and bring back the balance of the good guys. We did this and it worked immediately...
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Love Lighting The Way

Love Lighting The Way

Growing food organically means to grow food truthfully, to grow food with love. Farming has shown me that if we can find love for our food and the soil that nurtured it, we will find love in ourselves and for each other. It is our character that will determine our future, not economists, scientists, billionaires, technology or politicians and our character is a reflection of our values, the things we love most...
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For Now... Saying Goodbye to Growing Brassica's

For Now... Saying Goodbye to Growing Brassica's

Winter has officially arrived on the farm, temperatures are getting down towards 4 degrees in the early hours just before sunrise, although we are yet to see our first frost. The winter veg is looking great considering the amount of rainfall it has endured, but our successional crop of winter veg has come under attack by the growing number of Bower Birds that seem to find our farm one of the nicer places to live within the Lorne Valley...
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Together We are Breaking Records & Bucking Trends!

Together We are Breaking Records & Bucking Trends!

Last week we harvested, packed and delivered more veg boxes across the Mid North Coast than we ever have before in our farm's 5 year history. We are blown away by the number of new customers joining our family of food lovers each and every week. It's hard to express in words how thankful we all are for your support....

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Visit Our Farm! Hastings Farm Gate Tour 2024 is almost here!

Visit Our Farm! Hastings Farm Gate Tour 2024 is almost here!

Open days, like Hasting Farm Gate Tour changes the game! Being able to have the farm open to you all, creates an experience, and a space to not only meet in the real, but also get amongst the food you eat! It’s a great tour! See where your food is grown, hear about the farmers story, ask questions and learn about how they do what they do.

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Get Ready! Your Winter Veg is Lookin So Good

Get Ready! Your Winter Veg is Lookin So Good

It's Saturday morning and as I write this I am close to the fire watching the rain fall slightly at an angle outside of our living room window. The southerly buster has arrived overnight and the temperature has plummeted. The morning has been spent chasing the neighbours cows out of our fields of vegetables where the soft muddy ground is allowing them to do quite a bit of damage. I also had to finish off planting the cauliflowers...
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Thanks to all YOU Legends!

Thanks to all YOU Legends!

Thanks to all you legends who support us, little old Sohip has had to find a bigger coolroom to store your veggies in and allow us to feed this growing community. We built the last coolroom just over a year ago now, thinking it would be plenty big enough to keep things cool for the next few years. How wrong we were, 12 months later and we are once again out of room...
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Local Farmer Spotlight - A Pumpkin 70 Years in the Making!!

Local Farmer Spotlight - A Pumpkin 70 Years in the Making!!

The Lambert family have been farming for nearly a century! Over the last 70 year they have nurtured the Lambert Dry pumpkin to grow in size and colours through the help of bees pollinating and propagating. From humble beginnings The Lambert Dry is a pumpkin we don’t come across every day...
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Why Organic?! The BIG Debate...

Why Organic?! The BIG Debate...

There’s always been a big debate... On whether organically grown veg holds more nutrients and is, therefore, better for you than a non-organic veggie. Well if we can ignore the horrendous chemicals used in non-organic farming for a second, then it really comes down to what is in the soil. We have 3 principles in achieving our goal of growing the most nutrient-dense veggies possible.
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When Should You Eat Broccoli?? Does it even matter?!

When Should You Eat Broccoli?? Does it even matter?!

This powerhouse veggie is a staple and high in many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium. But eating broccoli too late can mean a tremendous difference in nutrients! Some veg such as sweet potatoes, squash, even fruit such as tomatoes and berries increase in flavour and become vitamin rich. This is certainly not the case with broccoli...
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