Borne from the growing agricultural advocacy of the previous five years and the interest and focus on agricultural and food-cycle elements, Goodrock Park (a 53Ha [132Ac] rural property in North Central Victoria) is an active attempt to place my meagre funds where my preaching mouth is.
The long-term vision is an attempt to build a mixed farming enterprise out of “low class grazing land” that will be specialising in land regeneration, sustainable practices and natural farming systems. It is hoped that this will become the basis of a small teaching farm.
But a plan is not something that is written and forgotten – it should be pulled out an reviewed. Sometimes, this means updating, sometimes it means tweaking, and sometimes it just means we check off a box and know we are on track.
Here is our latest iteration of our business foundations.
To offer advocacy for agriculture through the maintenance of a sustainable, community focussed, mixed farming enterprise and teaching venture.
To transform the property from “low quality pasture” to higher quality soil through land management.
To develop offerings divided between small farm consulting and customised agricultural training.
- To promote Agriculture by advancing the awareness and education of consumers through open and transparent access to a working agricultural enterprise.
- To offer training, community facilities and education opportunities by providing workspace, buildings and access to the enterprise.
- To advance education, training and retraining particularly among unemployed people and providing them with work experience for the agricultural industry.
- To develop and encourage the regeneration, rural focus and social development of the area.
- To promote the growth of the local economy, particularly through the support of local businesses and community enterprises.
- To produce food that aims to maintain a farm to fork chain of integrity.
- To produce high quality stock and secondary products as sustainable and natural as practical.
- To provide consultancy for technical assistance, business advice and training to help residents set up urban farming, self-sufficiency programmes or establish or improve agricultural ventures.
- To work in partnership with local government to establish improvements to the region whilst protecting the agricultural industry and the natural assets.
- To work in cooperation with local organisations to offer these services.
Guiding Philosophy of Owners
To work in an environment conducive to the health of the farm, its environment and to our own health and well-being extending to those who directly or through our products and services interact with the enterprise.
Agricultural Management Philosophy
It is the aim of the proprietors is to ensure the business of agricultural practice on the land is self-sustaining. This requires an understanding of some baseline philosophies that will therefore underpin the agricultural practices of the business and is a point of differentiation in comparison to the contemporary farming enterprise practices.
- Be Natural: Utilisation of a range of natural philosophies to suit the health and wellbeing of all elements within the biotic pyramid – soil, plants, animals and humans.
- Soil First: The health of the soil comes first, so the soil is maintained and protected.
- Suit the environment: All stock will be chosen to suit the existing land and environmental conditions.
- Self-Sustaining Sustenance: The land will only be stocked to meet the feed available. Stock will be removed if ≥ 30% of feed must be imported from outside the lot.
- Management over energy: Utilise a philosophy of little to no motorised machinery choosing to utilise management intensive over energy intensive methods where practical.