And here's where Birdsong Market Garden may be of interest to you. We're a new (uncertified) Organic market garden, with a strong emphasis on soil nutrition. Soil nutrition is actually largely the reason why we won't bother with organic certification, as they even limit the amount of manure that can be mixed in with the soil!
So Birdsong came about because my husband and I had read about the major issue our culture faces with depleted soils and the resulting mineral deficiencies that cause most of the diseases people are battling. One book in particular stated that you're left with no real options except to use supplements to meet your nutrition needs since food no longer makes the grade. And buying organic doesn't necessarily make any positive difference in the nutrition department. Yes, you'd be doing yourself a favour by avoiding the toxins, but organic food can still be very nutritionally depleted, unless it's from a diligent farmer who looks after their soil.
We decided to do something about this (especially as my electrical engineer of a husband wanted to switch to a more purposeful career!) and start our own market garden, right on the northern edge of Toowoomba.
Soil tests were completed, the soil was balanced with the minerals it had lacked, rich compost was added and we were on our way to real food!
Our trial season (summer '15/16) was a success. I was in the midst of battling an autoimmune disease at the time, which often left me fatigued and I was amazed at how much energy eating daily from our garden gave me. I actually ditched the supplements I'd been taking as I was feeling so healthy.
Fast forward to now...March '17.
This is our first season where we are actually ready to sell produce. This week we've been bringing in loads of rockmelon, watermelon, rainbow chard, corn, butternut pumpkin...plus there are some herbs like rosemary and basil available. More produce will be ready within the next few weeks also, for example, about 8 varieties of heirloom tomatoes!
Our website is https://birdsongmarketgarden.com.au/
At the moment, we are hoping to sell direct to customers via our farm gate stall. We can also do online orders which we can box up and have ready for you to pickup. Prices, farm gate stall times and much more info is available on the website linked above. We're in Cranley, between Wilsonton and Gowrie Junction (full address also o the website), just a 10 minute drive from Toowoomba.
If you're looking for nutritious, balanced produce, then come see us!