We have a little update for you from Friends of Bella Vista Farm:

While Open Days at Bella Vista Farm have been suspended until further notice and many of our volunteers are living in lockdown in LGA’s outside the Hills, the Friends of Bella Vista Farm have continued to be active. A daily group email exchange of photos, history snippets and stories has kept our members connected and interacting while work at the Farm has been carried on by a small number of our members who are able to do so under the current restrictions.

That is important because our sheep need to be checked and fed daily and their feed purchased and stored away from our hungry rats. Shearing our flock is also needed each year, usually in September/October, but brought forward this year just ahead of the most recent “stay at home” restrictions. The Farm’s extensive gardens, a labour of love over years by our gardening volunteers, including some very old fruit trees also need nurturing on a regular basis. The rewards include providing the ingredients for home-made orange marmalade! So, life at the Farm continues, albeit with much unavoidable disruption.

Written by Graham Rawstron.