Our kernel of truth - Trees supporting life, not trees on life support.
At our family farms, our macadamia trees are watered by rainfall alone (no plundering of surface water or pumping of subterranean water reserves) – this is made possible because we grow in the very place the macadamia tree came to be – the climate here suits the tree and the tree suits the climate. Macadamia trees are native Australian rainforest trees, and evolved in the very region our farm is located. Growing plants in the conditions they came from is the definition of “local" that truly counts. We call our trees ‘free-range trees’ because they are not tethered to an irrigation system catering exclusively to their needs. Without the assistance of this artificial life support, our trees are grown connected to the health of the whole area.
Our ever-growing collection of regenerative farming ways that rebuild the Earth
Instead of regularly mowing between our rows of trees to create that trim and tidy look usually associated with the rural landscape, we leave our orchards in a wild tangled abundance of untamed green. We mow just before the macadamias fall and must be picked up, however even then we leave a Mohawk strip of tall green stuff down the middle of our rows for the benefit of the helpful pollinators and other insects. Regenerative farming can look messy and it takes an adjustment to appreciate a landscape where the beauty is not the manicured surface but is in the rhapsody of living things upon and within the soil.
Regenerative farming is choosing to stand back and allow the natural processes time and space. We choose for instance not to use invasive methods like poison for the local rats (who thrive on macadamias) at our farm, we instead have built nest sites for multiple pairs of breeding owls. They and our two very energetic Fox Terriers naturally curtail the rat population. One nesting pair of owls can eliminate up to 3200 rats in a single season. They are interesting, beautiful and effective at turning a problem into fertilizer and distributing it around the farm. Most of the regenerative farming techniques are equally as interesting beautiful and effective when given time.
This year we've planted another thirty five thousand macadamia trees on our farms - just like we did last year. Macadamia trees can thrive for up to three hundred years. We don’t grow for the axe or saw or as a branding gesture to appear sustainably green. Our trees’ shadows are the sundial of our days; their delicious crop is the hub around which our personal little galaxy turns. Our whole livelihood along with the achievement of all our personal aspirations are totally dependent on healthy trees - as is our planet and ultimately the aspirations of us all. The healthier our trees and their surrounds the better for all and for everything.