Spring is on our doorstep, and Warrah Biodynamic Farm has been a hive of activity, both for farmers and the clients we support through our various disability services. The soil is about to start warming up, so the winter lull is about to be whisked away by longer days of sunshine. We are preparing to take another growing season head on.
Our young adult clients have been busy building a chicken run as part of the TAFE life skills program currently running onsite here in Dural. It presents a great opportunity for them to develop building, painting, fencing and design skills. Once the project is complete, chickens will bring so much more than function to the Farm and pleasure to our Farm Shop customers. For the clients of our Residential and Day Services, and the students of our Specialist School the two-legged companions will bring many pleasures. Studies show the many benefits of chickens as a part of horticultural therapy go well beyond educational opportunities.
Amongst many other perks, they are a catalyst for new friendships and undeniably relieve stress and anxiety.
Our farmers have been weeding, sowing, harvesting and are now busy preparing the soil for spring crops. The last of the citrus is being harvested, as well as chard, leeks and kale. Warmer months of course mean more salads, more family feasts and sharing refreshing drinks after hot days. This seasonal change in our behavior, also means a change in what we grow.
There will be cucumbers, zucchini, tomato, capsicum, eggplant, pumpkin and the usual salad mix picked fresh from the Farm and available in the Farm Shop. Last season was a tough one for growers near and far, and it is always important to support local producers and educate others about why fresher (and more local) is better. So drop by to see the changes on the Farm seasonally, and get behind the work of Warrah Society.
Warrah is in 20 Harris Road, Dural and the hours The Farm Shop is open: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm Saturday 9.00am – 3.00pm. Closed on Sundays