The King and all the Ladies of the Royal Court enjoyed the last bits of sunshine of this lovely day.
Trying to explain the way we do egg farming with happy chickens around: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE!
More noise and feathers than at the Met Gala :)
An amazing Art creation by Kerry is to be unveiled at the Southside Farmers market this weekend: the Hilltops Free Range egg farm story told in three enormous quilts!
Storytelling and the Art of quilting have been connected for many generations, and this is one amazingly crafty and ingenious creation by Kerry. It tells the story of the farm, starting from wool, in the best wool-growing region of Australia. Then adding free range eggs production, building our own caravans and infrastructure, moving the chickens every few days so as to fertilize the land and give back more than is taken away. Training beautiful Maremma dogs to guard the chickens and look after the flock discipline. Rotating cattle, sheep and chickens in sustainable, rotational, biodynamic farming, finally producing beautiful, award-winning eggs.
The story comes to live with the wonderful characters Kerry created, and one can stand for hours and discover the patterns, stamps, embroideries, feathers, and all the techniques that went into making the Hilltops Free Range egg Farm Quilts. Come and be amazed.
The face I make when I shirk from work and come to the house for hugs (you can see the caravans of the flock I am supposed to be protecting in the background). -- Oddball the Maremma dog.
..and this is (supposedly) our most mature, oldest dog of all the Maremmas on the farm.
Meet the Hilltops Egg Family: father, mother, sister and baby boy egg!
The different shapes and sizes of eggs we get in one day, combined with the measurement creativity.
Photography by Maria
Hilltops Free Range eggs are ONLY produced on our farm in the beautiful region of Boorowa, NSW. We deliver straight from our farm with our own truck. You can see the paddocks where our chickens roam freely in the photos on our packaging and on the side of our truck. The photography is all on our own property.
Hilltops pastured eggs are single-origin only, grown on our farm. We do not repackage nor resell eggs. All eggs are stamped with our unique code NSW1130.
The transport truck is dedicated only to transporting our own eggs, in our own packaging.
The single-origin, farm-grown, own-transport delivered eggs reduce the risk of contamination and give consumers peace of mind when buying Hilltops pastured eggs.
When there is both rain and sun at the same time, oats are growing nicely; we feel blessed for working with the Land and producing quality, nutritional, healthy food to feed the world.
Can we feed 10 billion people by 2050 without destroying the environment?
This month's Eat-Lancet Commission report recommends a 'planetary healthy diet'.
Eggs, the report says, "are a widely available source of high-quality protein and other essential nutrients needed to support rapid growth...Despite past concern about possible increases in risk of heart disease because of their high content of cholesterol, in large prospective studies high consumption of eggs, up to one a day, has not been associated with increased risk of heart disease, except in people with diabetes."
And on further benefits of eating eggs for young kids: "replacing calories from a staple starchy food with an egg can substantially improve the nutritional quality of a child’s diet and reduce stunting."
#foodforthought #welovescience #eggs #sustainablefarming #sustainability
The report is available from https://eatforum.org/eat-lancet-commission/
Can you smell the rain in the air? That rain smell has a name: #Petrichor!
It was created by two Australian scientists, Isabel Joy Bear and R. G. Thomas from #CSIRO in 1964.
And at Hilltops Egg Farm, in March 2019, there is no lovelier smell than petrichor - we love the rain!
If you are curios how they came up with 'petrichor': it comes from the Greek words 'petra', meaning stone and 'ichor', meaning the blood of gods in ancient myth.#newwords #welovescience
Farm Autumn in the southern hemisphere: a yellow mulberry leaf, fire-red grapes' leaves, multi-color cherry leaves, and the amount of giant eggs we collected today!
The grass and the chickens love the rain and warmth of Autumn.
Despite the drought at the end of summer, the pastures where chickens rotate with other animals bounce back quickly, full of color, vigor and vitality of the fresh new green. This is the area of one paddock where chicken caravans were anchored just over a dozen days ago.
Yellow flowers, yellow yolks!
As Bruce Pattinson wrote in The Land Newspaper, "Very yellow yolks are from green feed" which are "very good for the birds" :) Poultry experts agree with #hilltopsfreerange #theland #pasturedeggs #grassfed
The ephemeral beauty of the moment when the day's work is done, the chickens are getting ready to sleep in their caravans, and the moon and the red sunset stand side by side, holding hands.
Using sunlight, water, minerals and soil, trading in nutrients, and making the healthiest food on the planet: THANK YOU, chickens!
Chasing the last chicken to come home to her caravan for the night.
She is simply enjoying the spectacular country sunset.
The lines of dust on our eggs in summer are like Crow's feet on a loved one's face.
The tiny lines through the skin are canyons full of memories.
What does the egg remember?
The wonderful day of the chicken, full of sun, freedom and laughter, happiness, and tears of joy?
A serenade is a piece of music sung or played in the open air, typically by a man, to his beloved chickens. 😃
Here is our wonderful Ifu's serenade to the chickens.
NB to all skeptics: chickens have excellent hearing, which does not deteriorate with age. As they are very low in the food chain, they need to be able to hear predators early.
We love our chickens!
The only secret to producing the best, award-winning eggs is happy and healthy chickens. Here is Maria feeling the love returned.
Photography by Roberto
Hilltops Free range eggs farm is partnering with Hyatt Hotel Canberra for their program for "food, thoughtfully sourced and carefully served".
We are proud to support Hyatt Hotel's new year's resolution of being a leader in procuring sustainable food at a Global level. Together with the other Hyatt Hotel suppliers, we are proud to promote sustainable farming methods, bring to their guests healthy products, and support the local economy.
You can now enjoy Hilltops Free Range eggs in the Breakfast specialties, Paleo breakfast, and the In Room Dining menu in Hyatt Hotel Canberra:
Hilltops eggs ready to party: fascinators all on! Royal British family left in the dust.
Happy New Year 2019!
P.S. Fascinators are tiny, elaborate hats clipped to the wearer's head. A very popular fashion choice among women of the royal family and eggs of the Hilltops Free Range Egg farm.
After the rain, the air is washed clean and the sunset colours are amazing.
At the end of a long day, Humans and Chickens enjoy the magic of the sun.
Hilltops eggs farm in the press: article about our farm in the wonderful Grass Roots magazine
How our eggs come to you
Follow news about our free range chickens and the fresh farm eggs we produce.