It’s Thank a Farmer Month during May, so we’re going to introduce you to some of our local farmers who sell at our Sunday Organic Market. This month, say thanks to the farmers who produce the food that keeps us alive!
Meet Anika Wulff from Spring Lakes Farm in Churchable, which is west of Brisbane, between Gatton and the Wivenhoe Dam.
What is your favorite thing to eat right now?
Sweet potato cooked in ghee with kimchi cucumber pickle.
When and how did you make the decision to become a farmer?
Back in 2012 when my Mum passed away. We were unhappy with our seemingly perfect life in Perth and we knew we only had once chance at life – so it’s best to make the most of it. We both wanted wide open spaces, to be our own boss, and had an intrinsic aversion to chemicals – so organic farming it was!
What’s the most surprising thing about farming?
It’s way harder than we thought. There are many things to figure out / juggle and it seems to change each season. We have had to learn about growing, business, mother nature, the market, all at once – and make enough money to make it through to the next season, each and every season. It’s been a steep, very steep, learning curve.
Why is organic food important?
Because it is the purest form of nourishment provided to us by Mother Nature. It embodies respect for our bodies and our environment.
Where do you see the future of farming? What do you hope for it?
Growth in the small scale farming scene. More people being enticed into the lifestyle, to contribute to the food system. I want to see more people involved and more people caring about their food and their environment.