Family work their way to self-sufficient living
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.”