Racheal is a super organised young mum with six children and had everything ready to go when we arrived. She had already made broth which she strained into preserving jars....
...which were given new rings before being put into the pressure canner. You can read here how to pressure can broth if you have a pressure canner. Apparently it is cheaper to buy the canner from the US than here in Australia.
While she was talking her young daughter was cutting up vegetables with the confidence of a Master Chef cook which was quite amazing.
The veggies were cut up and added to the bones and then filtered water, vinegar (which she had made herself), onions and herbs finished it off before the cooking started.
Once you have cooked your broth you can then freeze it if you have the space, pressure can it or make bouillon by reducing the broth until it thickens slightly. Then put it into moulds and let it cool before putting it into the fridge and it will set like jelly.
Once the cooking was over we moved outside to have a look at Racheal and Rick's fledgling nursery, Birdsong Market Garden. If you live locally it is located just a few minutes out of Toowoomba and if you would like to go on the email list to receive weekly notifications of what is for sale then let Racheal know and she will add you to the list. All the info is on their website.
They have put a lot of work into preparing the soil so as to produce quality vegetables. Check out Nutrient Application which is extremely interesting.
They currently have a variety of veggies growing including heirloom tomatoes which I presume these are....
...as well as cherry tomatoes and I bought a punnet of mixed cherry tomatoes and can tell you they are delicious.
While wandering around we also came across this hive which I believe is a Warre Hive. It was quite fascinating watching the bees at work.
I never seem to come away from one of these workshops without having learned something new and one of the ladies there told me about a company in the US called iHerb where she is able to buy products much cheaper than here in Australia. I was wondering if the Essential Oils they sell are suitable for soap making as you have to get your priorities right of course :-)
We are unable to have our monthly Simple Living Toowoomba workshop in April so our next one will be on the topic of decluttering and will be held on the 20th May followed by a Permaculture workshop presented by Michael Wardle from Savour Soil Permaculture on the 17th June. You can find more information here and if you would like to attend you can book in here and would be most welcome. Hmmm, I wonder if I could drag the CEO along to the decluttering workshop :-)