life imitates art

Hello friends,

All has been travelling quite smoothly with us here at Adventures in Growing. It has been just 5 weeks since we talked with Rod and Tania about moving to the farm; there’s only 6 weeks left until Michelle finishes up her career as a Psychologist, and 8 weeks until we move to the farm. So much is happening every day in preparation for this change, its hard to know what to share with you… We are largely focused on the practical aspects of getting ready to leave Byron Bay and move ourselves into our new home at the farm. And we are downsizing significantly. Continue Reading


people’s reactions

Hi friends,

One of the fascinating aspects of this journey has been people’s many and varied reactions to the changes we are planning to make. For the most part, people have been really excited and even inspired by our decision to chuck in our regular lives and move out to the farm. Some have been directly or indirectly jealous in their reaction to us, clearly wishing to change something in their own lives but not quite able to do it right now. We perceive this as a inverted excitement – as the person would be excited if only they were doing what you are doing. Others have chosen to respond in a cautious or even negative way to this change. Mostly this reaction has come from a place of concern and care from people who love us and want us to be safe and protected, and who fear we may be taken advantage of in this unusual situation. Continue Reading

Ups and downs

Evening all,

It’s Wednesday and we are both home resting today as Rachel has continued to struggle with a chest infection and Michelle is feeling physically exhausted after a huge day at TAFE yesterday (will do a post on that later). It’s a little disappointing not to be at the farm helping out and learning. We both really miss it when we cannot make it for some reason. It’s exciting to find something that you love being involved with as much as we love being involved with growing food. But the practical realities are that Michelle requires rest so that she has enough energy to bring in some money to pay bills, and Rachel has to rest if she is going to recover from her infection. Rest, rest and more rest… Continue reading…

the seed that sprouted…

Hello and welcome to Adventures in Growing!

We have just decided in the last 6 weeks to take a huge leap of faith a follow our dream of learning to grow our own food and live in harmony with nature. We’d love for you to join us for weekly updates of our adventures. We have no real plan, very few resources and ‘next-to-no-knowledge’ currently. So we are all in for a ride. Continue Reading