9:06 pm Friday 19 September: Teaching self-sufficiency and agricultural art
Avonstour is a certified organic farm not too far from Stratford which specialises in heritage breeds. It is also where John Earny and his daughter Ila try to live self-sufficiently. Many Dozens of WOOFers pitch in each year to keep the farm ticking over. Avonstour sells rare breed meat at farmer’s markets and John runs a long list of courses – from teaching people how to kill and process a sheep through to bee-keeping, organic weed control and curing meat.
Also, North Otago sheep farmer turned artist Burns Pollock has been collecting objects with agricultural and local associations for most of his life and now, with paintbrush in hand, he’s started giving a voice to these rural artefacts.
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