Saturday, 3 November 2007

It's just too good to be true . . .

Well, after an unexpected week-long trip to Honolulu, it's just too good to be home again! I can't complain about the food in America enough! :D The reason for the trip (for those of you who don't know) was that on his way home from the business trip from hell (read post below), Charles suffered from chest pain and thought he was going to die from a heart attack, so his plane was diverted from San Francisco to Honolulu and I got a phone call at 1am to let me know. Of course, being so early, there wasn't much I could do about it then, but when I woke and let immediate family and his boss know what had happened, the company he works for had put me on a plane and organised accommodation in Honolulu for me so that I could just be with him and I have to say, it was truly appreciated and thanks so much to all his bosses and workmates. Even though they probably don't read this blog!

Anyway, while Charles was away, I had done some further research into country properties for purchase and decided that up around Seymour in the Strathbogie Shire looks really good. They have water (big bonus these days!) and are the only GROWING shire in Victoria according to the ABS. Also, quite a few younger families around apparently. And it's only about 80mins drive from Melbourne on the "new" Hume Freeway, which is pretty easy going. We had planned a jaunt out that way for this Sunday but, given exams and the interruptions of last week, have ruled it out for the moment. We can't go next weekend as we're off to a friend's 30th birthday party in Neerim South which is a part of the world I've not been to before, so it should be nice. Will be good to see said friends anyway, and meet the newest addition to their family, seeing as he's now about 6 months old!

My grand plans for our slice of heaven (?) :D are to turn it into a CSA farm. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and if you search for the term then there are plenty of hits, most of them American. If they are enlightened enough to know about CSA, you'd think they would have some decent food?! I guess land is at a premium in Hawaii though . . . I also managed to find this YouTube contribution which helps to describe it:

I've never tried embedding things before, so I hope that worked! I know it all sounds kind of idealistic (and as some of the comments on YouTube say, very communistic!) but I think it would be an awesome way to farm because you get to go back to nature (I would love a biodynamic farm), everyone gets healthy produce, it helps save the planet, if we found somewhere to farm up around Seymor then we'd be conforming to the 100km diet for people on the fringe of Melbourne (which is only going to continue to grow) and it helps to iron out some of the fluctuations (especially the negative ones) of farming. I really think it's the way of the future for food production. And with that in mind, I can't wait to give it a go. Oh, and so I've decided to change my uni course again to reflect this ;) I'm going to do Agricultural Sciences instead of Animal Science. It's not such a huge change, I'll get credit for everything I've studied so far except this semester's Biochem and, when I graduate (it will happen, I swear! LOL), I will actually have a Bachelor's degree and a Diploma in Agribusiness, which will look good. Although somehow I don't think that the Biodynamic philosophy will be looked into all that much . . .

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