Yesterday was a wonderful, clear autumn morning in Bridgetown, with not a cloud in the sky. It made for a pleasant change to very crisp, misty mornings of the last few weeks on the farm. Being such a beautiful day, Adam and I took the opportunity to down tools for a few hours and make a well earned visit to the nearby town of Balingup and experience its annual Small Farm Field Day.
The title of this year’s field day was – ‘Small Farms, Big Ideas’ and the festival certainly (lived up to) delivered on its catchy title … the place was over brimming with workshops, guest speakers, hands-on demonstrations and information sessions, with hundreds of individual stall holders more than happy to share their small farm story and what they do.
Along with the wealth of information and helpful advice, there was lots to see and do with activities aimed at every member of the family and of course there was food, local produce and handicrafts to enjoy and potentially purchase.
Whilst walking the grounds we also came upon a number of Bridgetown locals, including Gabriel Evans – Illustrator/Artist applying his talent, Rich Feeds – local rural goods supplier and staff of The Cidery – giving visitors a taste of their unique product, as well as numerous friends and neighbours also out to enjoy the day.
The thing Adam and I love most about these sorts of events … is the ability to meet other like minded people who are living their rural dream and trying to make a go of it through their hard work, passion and innovation.
The field day celebrated its 27th birthday yesterday and it is a huge round of applause to the local organising committee and the many volunteers who help out. It is living proof that rural community spirit can make worthwhile things happen.
For those who missed out on this year’s field day, bookmark the field day website and look forward to next year’s event – www.balingupsmallfarmfieldday.com.au