The Buckley's farm is an existing well established profitable operation that grows a wide variety of fruit and vegetables. They have over 500 trees producing avocados, tamarillos, limes, citrus of all kinds, figs, blueberries, paw paw, macadamias, custard apples, sapote, and mulberries. They have over an acre of irrigated vegetable gardens which produce a wide range of vegetables: broccoli, cabbage, spring onions, carrots, beetroot, peas, beans, kale, silver beet, asparagus, cauliflower, lettuce. They grow rhubarb, Jerusalem artichokes, ginger, garlic, coriander and strawberries. They are expert farmers. This has been demonstrated by the awards they have won and the recognition they have gained.
In their vegetable gardens they have planted 3 crops per year for 15 years, which is totally wrong according to most garden gurus. The proof of the fact that it isn't wrong, provided you know what you are doing, is that the soil in those gardens is as near perfect as anyone would want. They know, because they test every year. They have a 15% level of organic matter, and a balanced calcium/magnesium ratio. They have few problems with pests and diseases and they do nothing to prevent them because they know that healthy plants, growing in healthy soil do not get diseases and are not attacked by pests.
This hasn't happened overnight. It has taken many years to get it right and it is this knowledge that they Buckleys are prepared to share with anyone who wants to know. It is what everyone will have to do if we are going to make food production a viable, sustainable, profitable enterprise.
The Buckley's want to share their knowledge and expertise. They want people to become food self-sufficient because they strongly believe it is the only way for the future and is something that can make a HUGE difference.
The Buckley's have started up a COMMUNITY FARM. For those people who become part of this project this will mean having the opportunity to:
- grow their own food in their own free block of land,
- develop the practical skills involved in growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, nuts and berries,
- share the technical and scientific information that supports the Buckley's techniques
- learn the techniques that have made the Buckley's farm uniquely productive.
If, after three or more months, they wish to continue farming their own, FREE area of land and SHARE IN THE BOUNTY FROM THE WHOLE FARM, they will have the opportunity to do so. There will be conditions.
For people to qualify for on-going involvement it will be necessary to:
- •complete the Healthy Growing training programme so that they have the knowledge to know why they are doing things the way they are being done,
- •give a minimum of 50 hours over 12 weeks to the farm to build physical strength and fitness and be prepared to give a minimum of four hours per week on an on-going basis.
- •improve their health by eating fresh organic vegetables, and by working outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine,
- •demonstrate commitment by looking after their own area of land and learned the skills involved in at least one other project eg looking after avocados, preparing land to enlarge garden areas, maintaining irrigation systems.
- •demonstrate the ability to work within the community of the farm and to make a significant contribution to the community.