Fam­ily work their way to self-suf­fi­cient liv­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

LIV­ING or­gan­i­cally is not just a good business decision for Grant and Carly Burn­ham, but a life­style.

The fam­ily aims to eat or­ganic food and – with a veg­etable gar­den, pigs, sheep, guinea fowl, chick­ens and cat­tle – they are be­com­ing self-suf­fi­cient.

They’ve even started brew­ing their own or­ganic cider.

“Our phi­los­o­phy is ‘healthy en­vi­ron­ment, healthy business, healthy life’,” Mr Burn­ham said.

“I don’t like the word sus­tain­able.

“That sug­gests noth­ing is chang­ing.

“What we are about is re­gen­er­a­tive agri­cul­ture.”

Mrs Burn­ham said her way of life gave her re­spect for small crop farm­ers.

“I’m con­stantly think­ing things like, how do farm­ers grow 10,000 tons of co­rian­der?,” she said.

“I just try and grow a lit­tle bit in my gar­den and it goes to seed.

“It’s such a bal­ance be­tween art and sci­ence.”

While the Burn­hams are able to ac­cess or­ganic or low-im­pact ver­sions of nearly ev­ery­thing they need, diesel is a stum­bling block to what they hope to achieve.

They say a long-term goal is to try and pro­duce an al­ter­nate fuel source.

“I would love to grow sun­flow­ers for their oil or use the fat from the beef,” Mrs Burn­ham said.

That’s a very down-the-track thing though.

“We’re al­ways check­ing our choices and de­ci­sions against the be­liefs and val­ues we hold, work­ing to­wards bet­ter out­comes for the en­vi­ron­ment, an­i­mals and the com­mu­nity.”

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