swanbayfarm Photos & Videos

5 days ago

True to form, the young girls just will NOT stay in their paddock ... every morning, we find them in some other place at Swan Bay Farm ... we’ve even tried to put them in the paddock we DONT want them in, in the hope that they venture across to the paddock they should stay in - nope, doesn’t work ... #goats #swanbayfarm #plantgrowharvestrepeat #farminglife #ethicalfarming #organicgardening #organicfood #urbanorganicgardener #urbangardenersrepublic #farmanimals #bellarine #geelong #getoutdoors #oceangrove #queenscliff #barwonheads #pointlonsdale #melbourneiloveyou #sustainable #sustainability #sustainableliving #womenwhofarm #farminglife #growyourownfood

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1 week ago

The role we need to play in our natural world is to participate in such a way that we enhance and support what already goes and grows ... and whilst we generally have good intentions, at times we tend to try and change, adjust or manipulate what Mother Nature has already mastered ... rarely is it with malice or with a destructive mindset, but rather from a lack of education or understanding about the natural space we live in ... I was reminded of this fact when walking through one of our vege gardens at Swan Bay Farm today ... I was planning on planting a new crop of leafy greens in one of the beds ... what I stumbled on was mixed mesclun lettuce growing prolifically in the gravelled paths ... hundreds of the freshest, brightest green and purple leafy seedlings flourishing in the very spot the breeze determined they should grow ... and they are pretty close to perfect ... for me, this is a gentle reminder that no matter what we know, there is always more to be learned by simply paying attention to what's around us ... I know that most would have walked straight over these tiny treasures, diminishing their opportunity to reach their full potential ... by keeping an open mind and paying greater attention - being mindful - brings the good fortune of lessons waiting to be learned ... in a few weeks, I figure I'll have the most incredible organic lettuce , ready and waiting for me to harvest ... #lettuce #food #organic #nature #mothernature #farm #gardener #gardening #theprovidore #swanbayfarm #freshisbest #eatwell #womenwhofarm #bellarinepeninsula #paddocktoplate #veganlifestyle #green #leafygreens #vegetables #keepitsimple #urbangardenersrepublic #urbanorganicgardener #epicgardening ------v---👩-----/------- -------/------👩👩👩👩-----/----- Follow @JasonGandy_gardenparty repost @clare_voitin

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1 week ago

The first of our pumpkins we've successfully harvested today ... we haven't planted quite as many as we we normally do this season, but what we have planted promises to be a bumper crop ... we're well and truly into Autumn now, yet the pumpkins are a slow to reach their prime this season, largely due to a cooler Summer and quick shift into the cooler months already upon us ... pumpkins are one of my favourite foods to grow - not only because they're dead easy to succeed in, but they won't let you down with the reward for your effort ... get your head around the concept of planting just one seed into the soil, and very rapidly in fact, watching that seed's evolution into a seedling, robust young plant, becoming a vine that then bears food in the form of delicious pumpkins ... they are also a great weed suppressant for the garden ... one of the best features though is the ability to store pumpkins for months on end after harvest, thus enjoying the fruits of your labour well into the cooler months of the year (pumpkin soup I hear you say!) ... their skin shows character, they're a favourite vegetable for many and affordable to buy, eat and grow ... next year, our intentions are to plant the seeds into one of the resting pig paddocks - we expect to see rapid growth, unhindered by any space limitations or obstacles, with a super rich, fertile soil, thanks to our open and free range piggy community ... have you planted pumpkins this year? #pumpkin #pumpkins #paddocktoplate #womenwhofarm #growwell #growfood #growyourown #growsomethinggreen #urbangardenersrep #urbanorganicgardener #urbangardenersrepublic #food #freshfood #realfood #vegetables #organic #sustainable #womenwhofarm #bellarine #bellarinepeninsula #theprovidore #swanbayfarm #nofoodwaste #supportlocal #buylocal ------v---👩-----/------- -------/------👩👩👩👩-----/----- Follow @JasonGandy_gardenparty repost @clare_voitin

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2 weeks ago

Our weekend down at Swan Bay Farm consisted of little work and more time spent huddled around the open fire, listening to the rain, hail and wind beating down on our tin roof, while the thunder and lightning made its presence known ... it was wet and cold and why I would describe the weekend as almost perfect ... in a way, it was forced down time - a chance to take it a little easier within the confines of the 4 walls that makes our farmhouse our home ... what we didn't anticipate was a break in the day, which allowed us to get outside for a few hours ... my second son and I used this time to harvest our olives ... we've been eyeing them for a few weeks, always believing that we should wait just one more weekend, so our olives are at the perfect stage ready to brine ... 40-something kilos later and we've harvested the fattest, most succulent olives we've seen on these trees ... and we couldn't be happier ... this time spent with my son, however, was by far the highlight of the day ... not only did we achieve something in a weekend we didn't expect to do, but we had so much fun hanging out together ... the small talk, the sharing of ideas, making time to photograph the olives (my son is 12 and already loves being behind the camera) and climbing trees ... just being together ... when I reflected back on this time spent with him, I realised that the achievement wasn't in the successful harvesting of the olives, or even the success of the olives themselves ... it was about the time spent with one of the most precious people in my world - my son ... shit - I climbed trees again, slowed right down and picked the olives one by one ... we shared different ways to take photographs and we shared our photos ... we grow food, nurture the growing process and indulge in the end product, not just because of the need to be sustained, but to grow, nurture and indulge in the most important thing in our world - family ... #family #food #olives #growrealfood #realfood #womenwhofarm #kids #green #organic #farm #farming #gardening #urbangardenersrepublic #urbanorganicgardener #epicgardening #nature #macro #photo #storytelling #paddocktoplate #swanbayfarm #support ------v---

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2 weeks ago

This Sunday marks the day we celebrate the incredible gift of Mothers ... Mums are, by nature, incredible beings, who give so much of themselves unconditionally, sometimes for very little in return... Mums work tirelessly, they know just about everything, they understand you better than you do and there's very few problems that cannot be fixed by a Mum ... Mums wear many hats and usually wear them well ... Mums don't come with a manual, but their instinct usually gets them through ... Mum is the one with you from the moment you enter this beautiful world and will be there to nurture, support and guide you every step of the way ... as I head towards this Sunday, my emotions are bittersweet and a little turmoiled, as I learn to accept my Mum will be watching over me from Heaven ... I'm yet to find the words and thoughts that heal such loss and I have no way of knowing how to anticipate the wave of grief that must surely be on its way ... but whilst I head towards Sunday apprehensive about what the day brings, I realise that it should still be a time to celebrate ... I was fortunate to have my Mother for a long time - many aren't so lucky ... I also must remember to celebrate the gift of my own children, who will wake up tomorrow wanting to make my day great ... so there's two things - the gift of Mum and the gift of Motherhood ... so, to my Mum - the most beautiful woman I have ever known - thank you for everything ... your unconditional love and support has moulded me into the Mother I choose to be for my own kids ... I hope you're happy, safe and content ... xxx #mothernature #mum #missyoumum #yellow #flower #swanbayfarm #crysanthemum #petals #motherhood #motherearth #family #paddocktoplate #gardener #organic #farm #farming #thankyou ------v---👩-----/------- -------/------👩👩👩👩-----/----- Follow @JasonGandy_gardenparty repost @clare_voitin

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2 weeks ago

W I N T E R on the Bellarine ❄️ Are you loving the foggy mornings and nights? 📸: @swanbayfarm ... Dusk ... flipping beautiful ... #dusk #swanbayfarm 💕 _____________________________________________ Tag us with your best shots, videos or community events #aguidetooceangrove 📸 _____________________________________________ Click on the link in our bio ⬆️ for the latest news and events ⬆️ www.visitgeelongbellarine.com.au _____________________________________________ . . . . . #australia #farmlife #aussiefarmers #farmfresh #womenfarmers

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3 weeks ago

Today found us in the Yarra Valley visiting the stunning Allowyn Gardens for our annual dose of gardening inspiration ... the Gardens showcase the four seasons so beautifully and provide a welcome reminder as to why we should appreciate the diversity of each season and its role in Nature's cycle ... like us, trees, shrubs and plants need downtime, which is why winter matters, so that many plants, shrubs and trees can rest, rejuvenate and restore for reproduction ... the Edible Garden is where most of our time is spent, to find inspiration for our own creation at Swan Bay Farm ... my great find was the crab apple ... these trees are seriously abundant producers ... its fruit is considerably smaller in size than the average apple but certainly not limited to its many and varied uses ... each season is striking ... at this time of year (autumn), the fruit is draping from the trees, burdening the branches with its weight and bending the boughs ... winter brings welcome dormancy, enabling the tree to rest and restore its energy in order to return and produce once again ... whilst you won't find many crab apples in the kiddie lunch box, because of their intensely tart flavour, they're a very versatile fruit, used for making savouries jellies, preserves, jams and even ciders ... it's naturally high pectin content increases its value in the kitchen ... companion plants that support healthier trees and prolific yields are gladiolus, hyacinths and sweet violas ... as we prepare to plant another paddock of heirloom trees this winter at Swan Bay Farm, we'll be sure to include crab apples as a feature species ... and if you want to enjoy one of the most stunning blossoms you'll ever see, plant a crab apple ... #apples #tree #gardens #organic #organicgardening #seasonal #autumn #yarravalley #farming #sustainability #sustainableliving #fruit #freshisbest #eatwell #realfood #swanbayfarm #theprovidore #womenwhofarm #epicgardening #urbanorganicgardener #paddocktoplate #nature #mothernature ------v---👩-----/------- -------/------👩👩👩👩-----/----- Follow @JasonGandy_gardenparty repost @clare_voitin

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3 weeks ago

I have to admit I have a strong affection for vines and climbers ... there is something quite gentle and intimate in the way the tendrils creep and climb, searching for stability in order to continue their quest for greater heights ... and sunlight ... the vividness in colour is a relief to find in a midst of a season known for transitioning nature from life to death ... their speed of growth, ease of care and real value to the soils and their immediate surrounds set them as one of the leaders in 'must-haves' in the garden ... there are many different climbers to choose from (and that's just the edibles) ... beans, peas, fruits, veges ... all providing real value to you and those you share your food with ... the value of some that give back to the earth is a good enough reason to plant each season ... one of the greatest benefits in growing some of these non-invasive climbers ... the first one that comes to mind is the value of returning nitrogen to the soils ... nitrogen is needed by all cells for reproduction and growth ... it also increases the yields of the food you grow, in particular, fruit and leafy vegetables ... green is the colour of life and living ... the colour green is energetic, life giving and nourishing, both for us and the environment we live in ... #green #growwell #growfood #growyourown #bellarine #bellarinepeninsula #urbangardenersrepublic #urbanorganicgardener #urbangardenersrep #womenwhofarm #swanbayfarm #peas #sustainable #sustainableliving #beans #peas #eatyourgreens # ------v---👩-----/------- -------/------👩👩👩👩-----/----- Follow @JasonGandy_gardenparty repost @clare_voitin

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1 month ago

In Australia, we are experiencing some beautiful sunny days, with a briskness in the air that reminds you winter is well and truly here ... some days, the temperature seems to be plummeting, as the days get colder and a little shorter ... I love winter - it's one of my four favourites seasons! ... I love the feeling of random warmth from the sun, cloudless days, where the colours in the landscape seem illuminated ... I also enjoy the days when it's too wet to play ... as a farmer, I am eternally grateful for this time of year - a new season of activity, a time to enjoy the dormancy of our trees, knowing that the seasons to follow will be more prolific in growth and offerings than the last, and a time to be grateful for the rains that dump, refilling our dams and replenishing our land ... winter is essential, yet too often, I hear others complain about this seasonal blight ... whilst I appreciate that the cold and wet isn't for everyone, I tend to think we should be grateful to have the gift of living another day and experiencing these moments ... winter is magic - it brings us crisp clear days, cosy moments and open fires ... winter gives us snow, which means holidays, recreational time and a chance to pull out your favourite coat ... these days deliver wonderful experiences and lasting memories ... winter continues to deliver visual splendour, whilst enabling the rest of nature time to sleep ... for farmers, winter can be harsh, particularly if the rains don't come in time or deliver enough to satisfy their essential needs ... there's also way too many who don't have that favourite coat, warm open fire or a roof over their head ... it is for these reasons that we should be grateful for every day we open our eyes, and have time to experience what lies ahead - every day we wake up is a day of privilege - be thankful for the opportunity of another day to enjoy, learn and share - after all, many don't have the good fortune of seeing tomorrow ... • #winter #landscape #rural #farming #farmhouse #thesimplelife #thecountrylife #trees #blueskies #freshdays #paddocktoplate #swanbayfarm #bendigo #ruralvictoria #growfood #organic #epicgardening #chimney #hay ----

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1 month ago

When my hubby stands in this spot at Swan Bay Farm, he sees a shed that needs to be pulled down ... when I stand in this spot, I see a perfect picture that reminds me to keep life simple ... beauty in life can be found in the most unexpected ways - it's not so much about what we see, but how we see it ... we can look at life as a glass half full - full of opportunity, positivity and acceptance or half empty - seeing things only from a negative tilt and always assuming the worst ... when things don't seem great, or you hear yourself finding fault in everything, challenge yourself to see the brighter, lighter and positive side ... it may not be easy to do, but it will most certainly surprise you ... beauty and goodness is everywhere - you just need to stop, look and listen ... #womenwhofarm #swanbayfarm #thesimplelife #thecountrylife #growfood #organic #epicgardening #paddocktoplate #bellarine #bellarinepeninsula #growsomethinggreen #growyourownfood #growyourown #urbangardenersrep #urbanorganicgardener #urbangardenersrepublic #naturephotography #nature_brilliance #cottage #shed #farm #farming #farmhouse ------v---👩-----/------- -------/------👩👩👩👩-----/----- Follow @JasonGandy_gardenparty repost @clare_voitin

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1 month ago

Whilst the farming life isn't for everyone, I categorically know it's the right choice for me (and my family) ... it's most certainly not an easy undertaking as it poses countless ups and almost as many downs - or so it seems ... today, we were blessed with almost perfect weather that enabled us to plant over 50 cider apples trees into the most magnificent, nutrient dense soil ... whilst we are privileged to have such space to plant 100's of trees, shrubs and plants, imagine if everyone planted just one tree in their lifetime ... every day of farming brings new lessons and another new challenge - but it reminds me that just about everything can be fixed, which makes the problems seem to disappear ... to top off a near perfect day, we were blessed to find 12 new piglets at Swan Bay Farm ... it's why the farming life always pushes your boundaries, but also continues to bear incredible gifts ... it also reminds us that every day above ground is a good day ... #womenwhofarm #swanbayfarm #theprovidore #thesimplelife #thecountrylife #farm #farming #farmanimals #piglet #pig #rural #bellarine #bellarinepeninsula #urbangardenersrepublic #organic #organiclife #organicgardening #organicgardenermag #urbanorganicgardener #supportlocal #precious #geelong #plantatree ------v---👩-----/------- -------/------👩👩👩👩-----/----- Follow @JasonGandy_gardenparty repost @clare_voitin

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1 month ago

As a farmer and urban food grower, my passion lies around the idea that growing food is just something that we should all endeavour to do ... we don't have to be great or even good at it, but with every attempt, every rewarding experience of success and the acceptance at times of inevitable failure, we can only improve and refine our skills and knowledge as each season rolls ... I am convinced that I know very little compared to so many others, whose wealth of knowledge and depth of understanding of food and how it should be grown inspires me to learn more and even take on challenges that my local growing conditions insist I should not ... after all, it's not about the food as much as it's about the act of taking on the challenge and just having a go ... I have people tell me that they simply cannot grow food, yet they have fruit trees in their backyard laden with the most magnificent, organic fruit that would impress the toughest food critic ... and if you are one of those very blessed people who have a tree that successfully delivers great produce year in year out, make sure you share just a bit with somebody else - your family, neighbour, friend, or even strangers walking by ... after all, it's not just about the food, but the opportunity to connect with others that food brings ... #foodporn #foodgloriousfood #organic #organicgardening #organicgardenermag #urbanorganicgardener #lemons #yellow #naturelover #swanbayfarm #bellarine #theprovidore #thefarmlife #thesimplelife #womenwhofarm #epicgardening #growsomethinggreen #growyourownfood #growfood #green #farming #farm ------v---👩-----/------- -------/------👩👩👩👩-----/----- Follow @JasonGandy_gardenparty repost @clare_voitin

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1 month ago

Nature is like an art gallery ... an endless expanse, offering remarkable visuals of some of the most amazing, creative pictures and designs ... a limitless, outdoor space that really does have something for everyone ... wandering through a gallery featuring your favourite artist or sculptor is not so different to meandering through a garden that showcases your favourite trees, shrubs and plants ... the benefit of nature's outdoor gallery is that the seasons will treat you to a new visual splendour throughout the year - and as each year evolves, so too will that growing space ... as a passionate food grower, farmer and observer of Mother Nature's incredible efforts, I feel blessed to have found a way of 'seeing' things that I once would have passed, missed or ignored, simply because I was 'too busy' to notice ... whilst I'm busier now than ever, my momentary escapes require me to simply head outside and look with my eyes, hear with my ears and feel with my heart, mind and soul ... something that once seemed so insignificant, now has the power to change a day for the better ... mindfulness was a concept that I assumed was way out of reach for a mind like mine - assuming it was a skill that required years of time, patience and conscious effort in order to find a place to rest the chaos that swirls in our heads ... what I didn't realise is that just taking a moment to notice - and I mean really notice - the finer details that Mother Nature's gallery has on show can transform a day, change a negative mindset and remind you that life doesn't need to be so complicated ... so when you're racing to get from Point A to Point B and break the land speed record, just stop, look and see - there's most certainly something worth appreciating in life's outdoor gallery ... #mindfulness #calm #peaceofmind #green #growsomethinggreen #growyourown #growfood #organic #organicgardening #epicgardening #outdoorgallery #naturelover #nature_brilliance #naturephotography #swanbayfarm #bellarinepeninsula #bellarine #womenwhofarm #vegetablegarden #vegetables #macro #macrophotography ------v---👩-----/------- -------/------👩👩👩👩-----/----- Follow @JasonGandy_gardenparty repost @c

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