Buying directly from growers and makers ensures they receive the full value for their products. Research demonstrates that one dollar spent with an independent food grower in your home town, will have a flow-on effect up to seven times, increasing the value of that single dollar. This provides stability in the local economy with increased opportunities for employment and business expansion, It also is a pillar of local food security.
Respect and care are integral to being an omnivorous human. The reality is - we are all going to die - and, with this in mind, which meat you choose to eat is critical.
Every living being deserves to live with dignity and care. This is why the Bush Goddess only buys meat from happy animals raised and living outdoors where they are supposed to be.
At Canowindra, there is an abundance of ethically grown meat including poultry, pork, lamb, goat and beef - please see details about each below.
Having been a grower of happy paddock piggies (with many house-piggies) the Bush Goddess knows the intelligence of these affectionate critters. Being able to express their piginess-in-full ensures they live contented lives outside where they absorb sunshine, an essential ingredient for health and flavour.
Refalo Free Range Pork is only five kms from Rosnay supplying fresh meat, and delicious smoked small goods including succulent hams, Polish and hot salami, bacon, Pepperoni and Kransky sausages.
Chickens are the most intensively grown animals.... in sheds of up to 80,000 birds in hideous conditions for the short six weeks of their life. Devoid of sunshine and confined in cramped conditions, they are simply a living being converting grain into flesh - ugh.
Thankfully, Canowindra Farms grow their poultry outside where the birds have green grass, insects to find, sunshine and plenty of space in which to move. The Bush Goddess uses only this brand for her feasts and platters.
Talk about being local!
RAYZ Organic Grazing lambs are grown by Margie Crowther and Andrew Wooldridge, immediate neighbours of the Bush Goddess so she sees these sheep literally growing every day!
Holisitic management practices provide highly nutritious pastures for the sheep and their companion alpacas resulting in tender and very flavoursome meat.
Canowindra is so fortunate to have a bespoke abattoir able to respectfully kill poultry, pigs, sheep, rabbits and goats.
Small-scale processing plants are rare and yet, integral to food security as people who wish to grow their own animals for meats, it is difficult to find anywhere to have small numbers contract killed.
Tablelands Premier Meats also grow many of their own animals which retail in their butcher shop in the Summer Centre, Orange.
The abundant and gentle rains of 2020 were perfect to establish a new garden from the previous cat-head plain where I live.
Always using permaculture practices, my garden is a mini-version of agroecology with an abundance of biodiversity contributing to the fertility of this beautiful space.
Rocket, three types of kale, cucumbers, tomatoes, pumpkins, edible flowers, mint, rosemary, sage, chives, beetroot, snow peas and thyme are growing well and this is local food for our guests.
I'm about to sow winter vegies including broad beans, lettuces, more snow peas, brassicas and more flowers; the latter to ensure the bees and other pollinating vectors have food all year 'round.